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The new Citroen C3 Picasso

01 April 2009

The new Citroen C3 Picasso




The funky, and already award-winning Citroën C3 Picasso, is the latest addition to the Company’s Picasso family. A vehicle for the individual thinker, the C3 Picasso offers users adaptable, class-leading space, effortless modularity, unrivalled visibility and exceptional driving pleasure in a bold design that is as cool as it is functional. The C3 Picasso, focused on the needs of everyday life, presents flexibility and capability in an individual, chic design.

With its innovative style taking inspiration from often opposing qualities, the C3 Picasso is intelligent yet simple. It unites the parallels of cubes and curves, contemporary and retro styling, strength and comfort, and, quality and affordability. Small on the outside and deceptively huge on the inside its distinctive appearance deliberately sets it apart from rivals. The C3 Picasso blends the roomy, versatile advantages of an MPV with the agility and comfort feel of a family hatchback.

Conjuring a cavernous interior space out of a compact exterior – just a few inches longer than a supermini – the C3 Picasso offers occupants class-leading amounts of cabin room and ample storage in the 500-litre boot – one of the biggest in the segment. Unrivalled in its roominess, it also boasts the best ratio of internal space to external size of any vehicle in its class. Rear passengers can enjoy plentiful knee room even when the rear split folding seats are slid forward thanks to the front seats’ slim design. Elbow room in both the front and rear is also the best in the segment.

The C3 Picasso will be available with a choice of two petrol units, co-developed with BMW – the VTi 95 and VTi 120 – and two HDi diesels – the HDi 90 and HDi 110 DPFS – renowned for their efficiency, exceptional refinement and low CO2 emissions.

The 1.6HDi 110hp DPFS also carries the Airdream® signature, given to only the most environmentally conscious vehicles in Citroën’s range. Further improving its green credentials, certain models will be available with Michelin Energy Saver tyres, which help to significantly reduce CO2 emissions and lower fuel consumption.   The two petrol units – VTi 95 and VTi 120 – combine efficient economy with responsive performance and lowered CO2 emissions – the VTi 120 already complies with future Euro V pollution standards and emits just 159g/km of CO2.

Both diesel engines – the HDi 90 and HDi 110 DPFS – are from Citroën’s impressive HDi line up boasting near 60mpg fuel economy and low combined-cycle CO2 emissions of just 125g/km and 130g/km respectively. The HDi 110 also features an ‘overboost’ function that increases turbo pressure when an extra burst of power is needed.

The C3 Picasso is on sale from the 9th April 2009. MRRP prices start from just £11,495 for the entry-level 1.4 VTi 95hp VT model to £15,595 for the range-topping 1.6 HDi 110hp Exclusive version. Industry pricing experts, CAP Monitor, have predicted class-leading residual values, for what could become the most popular model in the range – the C3 Picasso 1.6HDi VTR+ is expected to retain 37.72% of its value - around 10% more than rival models.


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