It’s all change for Citroën’s mid-sized cars – the unloved Xsara will be axed this autumn as a new family of stylish C4 models fills the breach between the C3 supermini and C5 family car.
The C4 will be Focus-sized and available in two hatchback guises, as well as a bigger, feature-packed Picasso MPV. The twin-pronged approach is designed to recapture some of the ground lost to rivals like the Focus/C-Max.
Today’s Xsara has never been a strong seller in Britain: last year just 7300 were sold – fewer than the Berlingo. The Picasso, however, was Citroën’s most successful model, with 36,000 sales.
The C4 Citroën Sport concept (pictured) shown at Geneva accurately previews the look of the firm’s three-door hatchback, which goes on sale this autumn. It will be joined at launch by a less rakish five-door.
Next up is the replacement for the six-year-old Picasso, a 2006 midi-MPV. It will be launched as a five-seater, but a version with seven seats to rival the Renault Grand Scénic is also planned. Expect a longer wheelbase, bigger rear doors, a longer floor and removable seats.