4th August, 2006
CitroŽn will unveil the C4 Picasso in a world-premiere appearance at the
2006 Paris Motor Show. This new, innovative and compact seven-seater MPV is
the natural extension of the marque's range. The C4 Picasso features distinctive
styling and a host of original features that make travelling by MPV an even
more comfortable and enjoyable experience:
- outstanding visibility and clarity with the wide-angle panoramic windscreen,
- an uncluttered front compartment with an innovative drive station and the
new 6-speed electronic gearbox system,
- class-leading space in the passenger compartment and boot,
- original seat-folding functions that allow the interior layout to be
reconfigured quickly and simply, thus accommodating up to seven occupants
- unparalleled interior comfort with temperature control, soundproofed
windows and air quality sensors,
- a comfortable ride and a pleasant drive, with pneumatic suspension at
On the compact MPV market, most carmakers offer either a single body shape
with a varying number of seats or two identically styled bodies that differ in
length only. With the C4 Picasso and the Xsara Picasso, which continues, CitroŽn
now offers two vehicles in this segment that are quite distinct in terms of both
style and features.
The style, dimensions, space, modular design and unique features of the C4
Picasso make it a natural extension of CitroŽn's MPV range, now composed of
three models that are different and complementary: the Xsara Picasso and C4
Picasso, and a large MPV, the C8.
With the fluid and harmonious profile of a true thoroughbred, the C4
Picasso has all the hallmarks of a CitroŽn. Continuing the trend set by the
brand's latest models, this new MPV boasts some unique features that make
life on board simpler and more enjoyable for its occupants.
Exceptional visibility and clarity
C4 Picasso offers outstanding visibility with:
- A standard wide-angle panoramic windscreen that doubles the visibility at
the front of the vehicle. The vertical angle of visibility is 70į, compared
with just 35į in a conventional MPV.
- Large quarter windows and narrow windscreen side pillars, for the best
front three-quarter visibility in its class.
The visibility and clarity in the front of the vehicle are quite exceptional
and the rest of the passenger compartment is also light and airy thanks to the
large side windows. The clarity in the passenger compartment is further enhanced
by the biggest glass sunroof (1.04 m) currently available on a compact MPV. The C4
Picasso boasts the largest glazed area on the compact MPV market, reaching a full
6.4 m2 with the panoramic glass sunroof.
The passenger compartment remains just as welcoming and atmospheric at night
thanks to a host of original lighting sources, such as light guides under the front
fascia, in the door panels and in the headlining that diffuse soft, gentle light
inside the vehicle. Lighting can be customised day and night by selecting a colour
on the control cluster, and the air conditioning screens at either end of the
dashboard are illuminated by yellow lights. Passengers can use the handy reading
lights built into the back of the front seats. And if they reach into the storage
cubbies in the door panels, a light comes on automatically to help them find what
they are looking for. In addition, a hand-held torch that automatically recharges
when the vehicle is in motion is stored in the boot.
A roomy front compartment
The interior layout has been reorganised to provide plenty of room in the front
and enhance the sensation of well-being and space on board. The reorganised interior
- An innovative drive station that frees up the space in the centre of the
dashboard by doing away with the usual central support console for the gearshift
control. The original drive station is combined with either the new 6-speed
electronic gearbox system or the automatic gearbox. The gearbox controls are
steering wheel-mounted, while the selector and gearshift paddles are built into
the steering column.
- Air conditioning controls positioned at either end of the dashboard within
easy reach of the occupants.
- Main comfort functions and driver aids that are all within easy reach of the
driver on the fixed-centred controls steering wheel.
- A dashboard-mounted automatic electric parking brake that does away with the
mechanical hand brake between the front seats.
The reorganisation of the interior has provided enough space for four large,
closed storage compartments in the dashboard, including a refrigerated cubby that
can hold one 1.5-litre bottle or two 0.5-litre bottles.
Standard-setting interior space
The C4 Picasso is an exceptionally spacious vehicle. Its architecture and dimensions
(4.59 m long, 1.83 m wide and 1.66 m high) make for a roomy interior. The three rows
of seats can comfortably accommodate up to seven passengers:
- C4 Picasso offers class-leading elbow room for all three rows of seats.
- There is more space between the front seats than in any other vehicle in the
segment. This extra room makes it easier for occupants in the front and rear to
communicate with each other and provides greater visibility for the occupant of the
second-row middle seat, who can enjoy the view through the panoramic windscreen.
- The three second-row seats are all of equal width and equipped with Isofix points.
As in the Xsara Picasso, the floor is flat for greater ease of movement and a more
comfortable seated position for the occupant in the middle seat in the second row.
- There is more leg room in the second row than in any other vehicle in the
- The third row of seats can accommodate two more adult passengers, with footwells
for added comfort.
The biggest boot in its category
The new C4 Picasso offers an exceptionally comfortable interior without reducing the
size of the boot. The amount of boot space depends on the interior layout.
- In the most common configuration, with the seats in row three folded away and the
row-two seats pushed right back, the volume beneath the parcel shelf of 576 litres VDA
is the largest in its category and the distance between the wheel arches is a full
class-leading 1.17 m.
- Thanks to the opening rear window, the boot can be comfortably loaded right up to
the roof and can be easily accessed even when the vehicle is parked in a tight space.
- In the seven-seater layout, boot storage space is increased by deep, closed
compartments positioned beneath the row-three seats.
- When all the seats are folded away, maximum capacity is 1,951 litres VDA.
Quick and easy to reconfigure
The C4 Picasso's modular design allows the interior layout to be reconfigured
quickly and easily, while keeping all the seats inside the vehicle.
- The second row of seats can all be folded away in a single movement without
removing the headrestraints.
- The third-row seating can be easily folded away under the vehicle floor without
removing the headrestraints.
- Once the rear seats are folded, the continuous, flat loading space in the boot
stretches all the way to the front seat-backs.
- The original movements of the seats allow for easy access to the third row. The
cushions of the second-row side seats are automatically lifted towards the seat back,
much like a cinema seat, by pressing a control. The seats then slide up against the
front seat-backs in a single movement.
Unique features for unparalleled passenger comfort
Close attention has also been paid to the comfort of the C4 Picasso, especially the
quality of the suspension - a constant priority for CitroŽn. The air suspension at the
rear offers a number of advantages:
- Increased comfort for all the passengers.
- A stable vehicle attitude, irrespective of the load.
- A smoother and safer drive, regardless of load.
- The possibility to lower and raise the boot sill using a control inside the boot,
making it easier to load heavy or large objects.
The vehicle's comfort features have also been given special attention. No efforts
have been spared to make sure that the interior is temperate, quiet and odour-free
- automatic four-zone air conditioning with individual air flow controls on the left
and right in row two,
- a second air conditioning system (certain countries only) that sends air flows to
rows two and three and the boot,
- soundproofed laminated side windows,
- an air quality sensor that prevents pollutants in the atmosphere from entering
- a scented air freshener,
- video screens built into the row one seat backs with IR headsets and a DVD player,
- a hi-fi system with eight loudspeakers positioned throughout the passenger
compartment and an MP3 player.
Close attention has been paid to the perceived quality of the passenger compartment.
The prestige interior materials are pleasant to touch; the chrome and gloss black are
eye-appealing; the paintwork is smooth; and the grain of the dashboard and door panels
is exceptionally fine.
Unique features for improved driveability
The snug interior is combined with exceptional driveability. The C4 Picasso features
a new six-speed electronic gearbox system, coupled to the 143 bhp 2-litre petrol engine
or the 110 bhp or 138 bhp HDi diesel powerplants with particulate filters.
The quick, precise shifts of the six-speed electronic gearbox system deliver
outstanding performance and one of the smoothest drives in its category. This gearbox
also helps reduce fuel consumption by 4 to 5 per cent and CO2 emissions by 5g per km.
Unique features for greater ease of use
The Picasso C4 is also an easy vehicle to use, with its automatic electric parking
brake, hill start assist, parking space measurement system and an automatic filler cap.
Crammed with unique features and exceptionally easy to use, the C4 Picasso is an
innovative new arrival on the compact MPV market.
With three MPVs (Xsara Picasso, C4 Picasso and C8), each with its own distinctive style
and features, CitroŽn continues to renew and broaden its range, which is now more complete
and more varied than ever.
There is no announcement regarding Australian availability at this time. Although the
Next Car team isn't expecting an Australian release for the Citroen C4 Picasso.
Correction: 4th August, 2006
It was announced today that the new Citroen C4 Picasso
will be released in Australia during 2007.
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