Citroen is offering a thinly veiled look at the next-generation C4 Picasso with a new concept car at the Geneva motor show.

Called Technospace, the new concept car directly previews the new C4 Picasso that will be unveiled in April ahead of a UK launch towards the end of 2013. Citroen insiders say the concept's styling is close to that of the production model.

The model will be the first to be spun off Citroen’s new ‘Efficient Modular Platform 2’ (EMP2). Thanks to the lighter weight of the platform, the new C4 Picasso will weigh around 140kg less than the current model. Citroen claims it will weigh no more than the current C3 Picasso And this lighter weight, in combination with more efficient engines, will allow for CO2 emissions of just 98g/km in its most frugal guise.

The Technospace concept is 4430mm long, 1830mm wide and 1610mm high, with a wheelbase of 2783mm. That makes it 40mm shorter than the current C4 Picasso, but with a 55mm longer wheelbase than the current car, cabin space will be improved. Boot capacity is said to be lass leading, at 537 litres. The concept has five seats, like the production car, and a seven seat Grand Picasso will be sold alongside.

The fundamental silhouette of the C4 Picasso is recognisable from before, albeit with altered proportions due to the new dimensions. The overhangs are reduced for a more compact look, and excellent visibility should be offered from the split A-pillars.

The split headlights at the front are the one of the more striking design features. Citroen’s new 3D-effect rear lights also feature.

Inside, the concept gets the first application of Citroen’s new modular infotainment system, which includes a large 12in touchscreen to control many of the interior commands.