Spy shots of the model, the second incarnation of the C3 Picasso, show a heavily disguised test mule. Despite the camouflage, a rounded design is visible, much like the C4 Cactus, with headlights following a similar design to the split units, which feature on the C4 Picasso. It also has a short bonnet with a high belt line, much like the recently spied upcoming Vauxhall Meriva, with which it shares underpinnings.
At the back is a new rear light design, mounted high on the rear end, just below the slim rear window.
The thicker black covering to the door panels is likely to be covering the French manufacturer’s Airbump technology; Citroen is understood to be introducing to the air-filled plastic panels to more models since first introducing them on the C4 Cactus.
While official engine specifications have yet to be revealed, options expected include a 68bhp 1.0-litre petrol, as well as 80bhp and 108bhp 1.2 petrol units and a 1.6-litre Blue HDi diesel variant, with a choice of 74, 97 and 118bhp.
As part of the PSA Peugeot Citroen and GM partnership, the new C3 Picasso is based on a new B-segment platform also used in the Peugeot 208 and Vauxhall Corsa. Citroen has had huge success with the C4 Cactus, so it makes sense for the French manufacturer to bring the style of the new model more in line with the rest of the range, and also to use the Airbump technology that has proven popular on the Cactus.
Citroen remains tight-lipped about the model, however, and was unable to confirm any further details to us.
Autocar expects the new C3 Picasso to be shown at the Paris motor show in September, with a sales launch soon afterwards.