The new Citroën C4 Picasso is slated to go on sale in the autumn, boasting a lighter structure, more compact dimensions and improved efficiency
Julian Rendell
10 September 2013

Citroën will bring a new engineering focus to mini-MPV models with lightweight body construction and more economical engines in an all-new Citroën C4 Picasso, revealed to the public at the Frankfurt motor show

Based on the new PSA Group ‘EMP2’ platform that will also underpin the new Peugeot 308, the C4 Picasso features high-tech weight-saving measures like alloy body components and a composite rear floor to save up to 140kg in kerb weight model-for-model.

Included on the weight-saving menu is an aluminium bonnet and composite tailgate, which together contribute to 70kg of reductions. Citroën says the new C4 Picasso has a similar weight to the current C3 Picasso, which tips the scales at between 1089kg and 1271kg, depending on engine type.

The new EMP2 platform also brings a usefully wider, shorter footprint. It recasts the C4’s proportions with a 40mm shorter overall length and a 70mm shorter front overhang, yet wider tracks, 83mm bigger at the front and 31mm at the rear. Interior space is boosted by the 55mm longer wheelbase and the boot space is more than 530 litres.

Practical in-service features in the interior include a fold-forward front passenger seat back that extends carrying space to 2.5m for objects like surf boards or lengthy DIY loads, while the second row of seats features fore/aft adjustment.

New or revised HDi diesel powertrains are aimed at cutting tailpipe emissions and fuel consumption. At this stage Citroën has only confirmed three diesels — two 1.6-litre variants and a 2.0-litre.

Citroën is also joining the ranks of car-makers who use ‘blue’ to denote a green model. The BlueHDi 150 features a 2.0-litre diesel with NOx emissions brought under control by a new SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) cat and promising low CO2 emissions .

A conventional six-speed automatic transmission will also become an option, but possibly not at launch in the summer.

The French manufacturer hasn't confirmed the price structure for the new range, but it isn't expected to be dramatically different to that of the current car, which starts at £18,205.

Our Verdict

Citroën C4 Picasso

The C4 Picasso is an attractive, versatile and well-specified family car with an interior that make it the envy of many MPV-makers.

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2 April 2013

I like the look of it. I hope they have sharpened up the handling a bit too because the old one was to soft.

2 April 2013

UK1012UK wrote:

I like the look of it. I hope they have sharpened up the handling a bit too because the old one was to soft.

 

Yeah cos that's the main priority ina  car like this...Honestly quit drinking the Autocar kool aid

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2 April 2013

I had a Cmax before my Picasso and it drove just like a car (a sporty one at that).

2 April 2013

Great CO2 figures on the diesel range. Don't believe the few that say French cars are unreliable.  

Looks very promising indeed! The only thing I'm not fond of is the headlight design, but is certainly different from the vast bland competition. 

2 April 2013

that they had to bring the production version forward.

Front is quite nice, but side profile is way too busy and doesn't look so good imho

 

2 April 2013

Why put the headlights exactly where minor parking scrapes will take them out? I'm in Spain where almost every car carries it's war-wounds with pride and most have the front corners bearing witness to over-ambitious parking. 

And who stole the bootlid from Audi?

2 April 2013

And I like the look of the interior . Lets hope that busy chrome trim on the doors doesnt make it to lower spec cars . Looks way too busy and matt black would look less messy .

2 April 2013

Now that's a good looking car. Certainly far nicer than any MPV has the right to be.

*belch*

2 April 2013

I wonder if they'll keep the sharp looks for the Grand version, as I would be very tempted by one if they did.

As someone else says, hope they've sharpened up the roly-poly ride a bit too and I'm please to see a regularly six-speed auto rather than the automated manual, which can be a bit 'lurchy'

2 April 2013

Looks absolutely amazing, it's good to see the Citroen back in shape. However, someone who mentioned parking scrapes issue has a point, these headlights may be troublesome

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