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The Citroën C3 Picasso has been seen undergoing winter testing ahead of its expected debut later this year

The new Citroën C3 Picasso has been seen testing in thin camouflage, revealing that it has design cues akin to those on the new C3C4 Picasso and C4 Cactus.

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. 

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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 CorsaCitroën 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.


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Bishop 24 October 2016

208 and Corsa

I believe that the Autocar article is referring to the next iterations of the Corsa and 208, not the current ones. The current Corsa was co-developed with FIAT, which used the same platform for the Punto, and it now underpins the MiTo, among others.

I 'll take this opportunity to add that, although it is not fashionable, I reckon the C3 Picasso is the best of the current Citroen range and this new version looks like a retrograde step. The more shallow window line is disappointing and will make it less habitable, particularly for those in the rear.

russ13b 10 March 2016


never mind airbumps, will this have the new suspension?
androo 10 March 2016

Huge success with the Cactus?

I'm not so sure the Cactus is such a huge success for Citroen. At least not in France where it languishes towards the bottom of the Top 25 sales chart each month. In January, sales in France were down a few percent too. It may be doing better here than elsewhere, but I suspect all is not well for the Cactus.