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First look: Citroen's Picasso stoops to C3 level

Artful: Latest Picasso people-mover from Citroen is based on the C3.

Citroen surprises with a boxy but tasty new compact people-mover, the C3 Picasso

8 Jul 2008

WITHIN hours of revealing its facelifted C4 hatch, Citroen has released first images and details of its surprising new C3 Picasso - three months ahead of its global public premiere at the Paris motor show in October.

Due on sale in the UK in mid-2009 and under consideration for sale in Australia around the same time, the C4 Picasso’s all-new C3-based smaller sibling is a boxy but contemporary take on the mini people-mover concept from Europe’s top-selling MPV brand.

33 center imageCitroen says comfort and practicality are the newest Picasso’s strengths, along with “an intrepid personality, spacious interior, intuitive layout and nimble road manners”.

The compact five-seater wagon measures 4080mm long, 1730mm wide and 1620mm high and its “deceptively spacious” modular interior features independently sliding split/folding rear seats that can be folded away “in one effortless motion” via simple seatback-mounted controls.

A moveable boot floor makes for a flat load space behind the front seatbacks and the front passenger seat can be folded fully flat to increase loading length and double as a table top.

The C3 Picasso features the same trademark three-piece windscreen as the C4 Picasso and the Xsara Picasso before it, which is said to provide its high-riding passengers are commanding view of their surrounds.

Citroen says its all-new people-mover entrant will be powered in Europe by two new petrol engines in the 50kW VTi and 90kW VTi, plus two diesel engines - the 67kW HDi and 82kW HDi.

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