Citroën has given its C3 Picasso a mid-life facelift, bring subtle styling revisions and new options
17 September 2012

The facelifted 2013 Citroën C3 Picasso will premiere at the Paris motor show later this month. 

The new model features a revised front bumper, a new chevron grille treatment and LED daytime running lights. New body colours and interior trim options are offered as part of the mid-life revisions.

Citroën's eMyWay navigation system will be offered, which incorporates additional audio inputs and Bluetooth connectivity. The system integrates with the car’s optional rear parking camera.

No powertrain details have been announced, but it is expected to carry over the existing range of engines, which includes two petrol and two diesel units. Petrol engines will be mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, while diesels gain a sixth gear. Citroën's robotised manual EGS gearbox will be offered.

The new C3 Picasso is slated for a UK launch in early 2013.

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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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17 September 2012

Face lift fine but under the skin, why can't they sort the automated gearbox that is the downfall negative to this and the other cars in the Picasso range?

17 September 2012

Mario B wrote:

Face lift fine but under the skin, why can't they sort the automated gearbox that is the downfall negative to this and the other cars in the Picasso range?

Neither of us have any idea one way or another whether this gearbox has been improved or not. The vehicle has yet to be launched.

In any event this transmission is optional rather than compulsory.

17 September 2012

I personally think all C3 Picassos should come with those nice glossy black bumper trims. The colour-coding and chrome alternative looks a bit aged by comparison in my eyes. But overall I think this car looked miles better pre-facelift.

Citroen need to give us something properly new. Where is the production C-Cactus? The fantastic modern-day 2CV? A new, sub-DS3 sized DS model? 

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17 September 2012

My dad has one of these and suits his use perfectly, as a grand parent, small enough for two of them but big enough for grand kids also.

It is a good car, I borrow it now and then for me and the wife to visit her parents, it is not very quick off the line, but when up to speed does a job.

The new look is ok, this whole day time running light is good idea for safety reasons but the way they are integrated into the cars is sometimes awful, this one does not look good, they sud just be inbuilt into the main light cluster or the foglights. 

Overall I have to give Citroen a big thumbs up for the overall styling since it was launched a while back, not many cars age this well, it could be launched now as new without much criticism, not many cars can say that.

I have not tried the auto version, the one my dad has is the diesel, it has good manual box for the job it does.

I do not understand on here when I read people criticising cars that are built for a certain requirement and then moan they do not do the opposite.

17 September 2012

The pre facelift car is a good looking thing. This isnt much worse, but its not as good. I doubt it will stop it selling however. 

Even the 120 bhp 1.6 petrol isnt that quick, its a shame they dont stick the 156 bhp version in there as an option. It isnt a sports car, but a little more 'go' would be a good thing.


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