Citroen's multi-purpose vehicles kept fresh via evolutionary enhancements in a number of key areas.
New C4 Picasso & Grand C4 Picasso on sale September 2016
The new Citroen C4 Picasso and Grand C4 Picasso are multi-purpose vehicles which provide “even more dynamism, distinction and comfort” thanks to enhancements for 2016, the manufacturer explained. Expect fresher styling, new engines and more equipment from these evolutionary versions of their big selling predecessors.
Exterior styling modernised
The C4 Picasso – which has 5 seats – and the Grand C4 Picasso – which has 7 – now share a more “dynamic front end” to convey a “sense of power and robustness”, Citroen argued. Furthermore, chevrons extend to enclose the daytime running lights with chrome trim and the grille has a gloss, black, mount for the number plate.
The C4 and Grand C4 also have 3D-effect rear lights as standard plus new, black, rear chevrons with a chrome surround for a more “modern look”. New exterior colours include: Lazuli Blue, Soft Sand and Cumulus Grey which complement the familiar: Polar White, Ruby Red, Shark Grey, and Onyx Black inherited from the outing vehicles.
There are also new finishes on the wheels, but the Mamba 17-inch diamond-finish alloys are only available on C4 Picasso. The 5 seater only is also optionally available with a black, 2-tone, roof (and dark mirror caps) that can be teamed with any exterior colour.
In contrast, only the 2016 Grand C4 Picasso can be optionally enhanced via silver coloured roof bars that “perfectly complement the elegance of the body design”, the motor manufacturer commented.
New engine and transmission options
The PureTech 130 S&S EAT6 turbocharged engine is “worthy of particular note”, Citroen argued. This power plant can now be teamed with automatic transmission for the both the C4 Picasso and Grand C4. It averages 55.4mpg, automatically switches-off when stationary to save fuel, and emits carbon at a low rate of 115g/km.
This unit produces 230Nm of torque at 1,750rpm; with 95% between 1,500 and 3,500rpm. It also “boasts the best possible compromise between low-speed torque and power on the market”, the company said. A PureTech 110 S&S 6-speed manual also joins the range (C4 only).
New safety focussed equipment
New equipment highlights include the speed limit sign recognition system. A camera notes a passing traffic sign then presents its image on a screen to confirm any meaning. The cruise control/speed limiter can then, if necessary, be locked to the appropriate speed.
Furthermore: driver attention alert warns motorists to “stay vigilant” when it detects involuntary lane movement; blind spot monitor shows a warning light in wing mirrors when traffic is concealed; and active city brake automatically brakes to avoid a collision should drivers fail to respond to hazards (at low speed).
The 2016 C4 Picasso and Grand C4 Picasso are officially “on sale” September 1st 2016, Citroen confirmed; but order books open in June.