The Citroën C3 Picasso aims to blend the roomy, versatile advantages of an MPV with the agility and comfort feel of a family hatchback – all in a modern, funky, and low emission package.
The boxy mini-MPV offers occupants class-leading amounts of cabin room and a 500-litre boot – one of the biggest in the segment. Or with the seats down this becomes 1506-litres, with a flat rear load space.
Citroën claims it has the best ratio of internal space to external size of any vehicle in its class, and that it also has one of the largest glazed areas in the segment.
The Picasso will be available with a choice of two petrol units, co-developed with BMW – the VTi 95 and VTi 120 – and two HDi diesels – the HDi 90 and HDi 110 DPFS.
The VTi 120 petrol unit already complies with future Euro V pollution standards and emits just 159g/km of CO2. Both diesel engines – the HDi 90 and HDi 110 DPFS – are from Citroën’s HDi line up boasting near 60mpg fuel economy and low combined-cycle CO2 emissions of just 125g/km and 130g/km respectively. The HDi 110 also features an ‘overboost’ function that increases turbo pressure when an extra burst of power is needed.
The HDi 110 unit’s low emissions and particulate filter system (DPFS) fitted as standard means that it qualifies for Citroën’s AirdreamŽ signature, a label reserved only for the Company’s most ‘environmentally respectful’ vehicles.
Citroën’s HDi diesel range can also be run on up to 30% bio-diesel, without modification. Further improving its green credentials, certain models will be available with Michelin Energy Saver tyres, which help to significantly reduce CO2 emissions and lower fuel consumption. Specs range from the entry level VT, through VTR+, to the top end of the range, the Exclusive trim level.
The C3 Picasso is on sale from the 9th April 2009. Prices start from £11,495 for the entry-level 1.4 VTi 95hp VT model to £15,595 for the range-topping 1.6 HDi 110hp Exclusive version.