More details on Citroen's Meriva-rival
11 September 2008

Citroen revealed final details of its new C3 Picasso yesterday at a motor show preview, a month after we saw the first pictures of the small MPV.Due to be unveiled at the Paris show on 2 October, the C3 Picasso is intended to alter the way people think about MPVs, offering a car-like driving experience with a practical interior and attractive, fashionable looks.

It will be built in PSA’s Trnava factory in Slovakia, and Citroen hopes to sell up to 110,000 units of what the company is calling “the magic box” because of its spacious interior and box-shaped design. The car is based on a modified version of PSA’s PF1 platform which (in various forms) also underpins the Peugeot 207, current C3 and C2. Targeted at the Vauxhall Meriva, Renault Modus and Nissan Note, the C3 Picasso can claim class-leading boot capacity, with 500 litres with the rear seats up and 1506 litres with the 60/40 split rear bench folded flat. The rear seats also recline and slide individually, and the front passenger seat can be folded down to form a picnic table.We won’t know whether the new C3 Picasso can really deliver all that Citroen is promising until we get behind the wheel early next year, and the new Vauxhall Meriva will also be causing problems for the latest Picasso. But on first impressions it’s easy to believe that the latest Citroen creation will continue the brand’s run of successful MPVs.

Vicky Parrott

Our Verdict

Citroën C3 Picasso

The Citroën C3 Picasso is a cut above the MPV norm, combining style, space and quality, but it majors on comfort not fun

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11 September 2008

I love it - it's truly original. Loving the colours they've chosen to reveal it in, too. Makes a change from the usual silver or grey. Interior is really fresh, and some of it reminds me (albeit faintly) of the DS - mainly the headlights and the way the windscreen seems to wrap around the front of the car. Well done Citroen. They're truly on a roll.

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12 September 2008

Brilliant, Citroen have found their design mojo again.

This is a truely interesting car. Lets just hope they don't sod the selling of it up in UK.



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