Citroen’s latest new MPV, the C3 Picasso, will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show before being launched here in 2009.
The C3 Picasso will be the third Citroen to join the company’s award-winning Picasso family.
Far from the average MPV, Citroen tells us the C3 Picasso’s charm lies in the way it is both compact and spacious and also brings together many other opposing qualities - strength and comfort, quality and affordability, performance and economy, contemporary and retro design, square shapes and flowing curves, and, significantly, style and practicality.
The new C3 Picasso offers class-leading space, intelligent and quirky design, modular seat layout, intuitive storage solutions, dynamic engines co-developed with BMW, and all the comfort, technology and safety you’d expect of a Citroen MPV. It will also fit comfortably alongside the Xsara and C4 Picassos within Citroen’s - 2008’s best selling MPV brand in Europe – portfolio.
Enthusiastically described by Citroen as bursting forth from the ordinary with its unique, cheeky character, bubbly personality, and charming good looks, the C3 Picasso benefits from a new direction in body design. And this blends with the roomy, versatile shapes of an MPV with the quality, agility and comfort of an SUV and at the same time, challenging the preconceived notions of the compact MPV segment.
Citroen’s C3 Picasso provides generous levels of space. Measuring 4.08m long, 1.73m wide and 1.62m tall, the car’s striking cube-like body shape, with short front end and vertical rear, creates an expansive space in the cabin whilst smooth, rounded curves soften the contours and give the car a happy appearance – an expression further exemplified by the impish grin of its ‘smiling headlamps’.
With the Picasso’s intuitive modular design, interior space is optimised quickly and simply. To increase either boot volume or rear legroom the split-folding rear seats slide back and forth independently and can also be folded away with one effortless hand movement. This function provides an entirely flat load surface which extends right up to the front seatbacks and can be further extended – to over 2.41m – by folding the back of the front passenger seat completely down.
Unrivalled in its roominess, the cabin length measures 1.66m – one of the longest in its class and a rival for a number of MPVs in the segment above. Knee room is plentiful even with the rear bench moved forward and by using slim seat backs and bases on the front seats, rear passengers are afforded even more space. Elbow room in the front and rear is 1.43m and 1.40m respectively, another best for the segment.
There is plenty of rear storage space on offer with 500-litres under the parcel shelf, the C3 Picasso’s boot is one of the biggest in the segment, and with the rear bench down this aperture increases to an expansive 1,506-litres.
The C3 Picasso also features a removable boot floor, an intelligent addition to the vehicle’s overall versatility, which can be positioned at two different levels. In its high position the floor sits level with the boot sill for making loading easier and in the low position, more storage height is available in the rear.
When the rear seats are folded down, a flat loading surface is created right up to the back of the front seats and magnetic flaps fitted to the backs of the rear seats extend the flat surface between the bench and the boot floor. Whatever the positions of the seats, a three-part luggage cover, which can be stored under the boot floor, completely conceals the boot contents.
The C3 Picasso’s cabin also features a number of ingenious and practical storage solutions like nifty cubby holes, pen holders, non-slip surfaces and even a map holder – a place for each object and passenger. The glove box is ventilated on air-conditioned models and aircraft-style trays can also be installed in the rear with reading lights and cup holders.
Citroen’s award-winning range of family vehicles has consistently held a strong reputation for being safe and secure and the C3 Picasso is no exception. With ESP available and all-round protection from up to six airbags (front, side and curtain ), active restraint systems, a seatbelt warning system, ABS with EBD and EBA, automatic hazard warning lights, Isofix anchor points, automatic locking on the rear doors and windows and a special child rear-view mirror, the C3 Picasso is a safe, family friendly environment.
Meeting the needs of MPV customers looking for agile city performance coupled with long-distance fuel economy, the C3 Picasso will be available with a choice of two new generation petrol engines and two HDi diesel units.
The two petrol units – VTi 95 and VTi 120 – are developed in partnership with BMW and combine efficient economy with responsive performance and lowered CO2 emissions – the VTi 120 already complies with future Euro 5 pollution standards. Both diesel units – the HDi 90 and HDi 110 DPFS – are from Citroën’s impressive HDi line up and boast low combined-cycle CO2 emissions of 125g/km and 130g/km respectively.