Spy shots of the model, the second incarnation of the C3 Picasso, show a rounded design, 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; Citroën 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 Citroën and GM partnership, the new C3 Picasso is based on a new B-segment platform also used in the Peugeot 208 and Vauxhall Corsa. Citroën has had huge success with the C4 Cactus, so it makes sense for the French manufacturer to bring the style of the new model to the rest of the range, and also to use the Airbump technology that has proven popular on the Cactus.
Autocar expects the new C3 Picasso to be revealed in early 2017.