Early engineering mule reveals a wider track and bigger wheels, suggesting a new C4-based crossover could arrive in two years' time
12 December 2014

Citroën appears to have started work on a new crossover-style SUV, judging by these early spy shots.

This modified C4 Picasso is running a slightly wider track front and rear and relatively large wheels and tyres.

The company’s big MPV could provide an ideal basis for an SUV because it is already built around a platform with a high windscreen base and a raised seating position.

Citroën – like sister company Peugeot and rival Renault – has been very slow to embrace the SUV and crossover boom. In 2007 Peugeot and Citroën launched a rebadged version of Mitsubishi’s Outlander crossover, which was manufactured by Nedcar in the Netherlands.

Citroën also launched a compact crossover called the C4 Aircross in the Chinese market, but the car is not currently scheduled to be sold in Europe.

However, the recent sales success of the Peugeot 2008 and Renault Captur has probably galvanized Citroën bosses into properly attacking what is the most rapidly growing sector in the European market.

Autocar has seen figures for the western European new car market which show that the market for traditional MPVs is fading as the SUV sector booms.

It’s not yet known whether crash-strapped Citroën will produce a car with a completely fresh body or, like the Peugeot 2008, simply apply the ‘crossover’ treatment to the existing Picasso family.

Alternatively, it could kill two birds with one stone by making the next-generation five-seat Picasso more of a crossover and then keeping the Grand Picasso as a conventional family MPV.

In any case, judging by this very early engineering prototype, any new model is probably 24 months from the showroom.

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12 December 2014
Citroen should be working on at least one proper car with proper Citroen suspension instead of yet another jacked up shopping trolley for more affluent than they deserve early retirees with no taste.

13 December 2014
Chris576 wrote:

Citroen should be working on at least one proper car with proper Citroen suspension instead of yet another jacked up shopping trolley for more affluent than they deserve early retirees with no taste.

Commercially, hydro-pneumatic suspension has had its time. You need to get over it.

14 December 2014
Flatus senex wrote:
Chris576 wrote:

Citroen should be working on at least one proper car with proper Citroen suspension instead of yet another jacked up shopping trolley for more affluent than they deserve early retirees with no taste.

Commercially, hydro-pneumatic suspension has had its time. You need to get over it.

Yes. Hydropneumatic suspension is so, so dated and old-fashioned that only slow , low-technology companies would use it now. And especially now that it's been banned from WRC cars for being too effective.
Companies like McLaren Cars for example.
Who else would want to be associated with a suspension system that has only been used by Citroen, Mercedes Benz, Rolls Royce, Bentley and now McLaren?
What poor marketing that would be. How perceptive of you to, so adroitly, point out that we should all 'get over it' and stop reminding PSA that there is another way.

12 December 2014
I can't see them making the Picasso into a Crossover. Picasso is effectively MPV in Citroen talk, and the current model is the best-seller in the segment in Europe - and rightly so. I think it's a little puzzling for them to have both a C4 Cactus and ANOTHER C4 crossover, so I wonder if this is more likely to be a DS-badged version borrowing elements from the Wild Rubis concept car?


"Work hard and be nice to people"

12 December 2014
@Mini2, the C4 Cactus shouldve been branded under the C3 banner. It is that segment size, and based on that car. Confused me why they decided on the C4 name.

As for the Aircross, I thought that was on sale in Europe? It is just a Mitsubishi ASX redesigned afterall. It just wasn't launched in the UK, a weird omission in my book

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