The Citroën C4 Picasso has undergone a mid-life facelift, receiving styling tweaks, new technology and personalisation options, and new powertrains.
The revamped C4 Picasso’s front end styling is shared by both versions and there are new 3D effect standard rear lights from entry-level trim models up, new ‘Mamba’ 17-inch alloy wheels, a two-tone roof available on the C4 Picasso, and a new Silver roof arch colour on the Grand C4 Picasso, together with three new body colours – Lazuli Blue, Soft Sand and Cumulus Grey.
A choice of four customisable interior design schemes – Standard, Wild Blue, Dune Beige and Hype Grey – are said to enable customers to create a cabin in their own image, adapted to their individual lifestyles, while the new 3D CITROËN Connect Nav (connected navigation) system combines with a new 7-inch touchscreen for improved responsiveness, whilst optimising the use of the 12-inch HD screen for greater flexibility and clarity.
On the practical front, there’s also a new Hands-Free Tailgate which allows drivers to open the boot with a simple movement of the foot.
Technologies designed to simplify driving and improve safety include a Coffee Break Alert, Speed Limit Sign Recognition and Recommendation, Adaptive Cruise Control with a Stop Function, a Lane Departure Warning System, Active Safety Brake, Driver Attention Alert, and the Active Blind Spot Monitoring System.
In 2016, the engine range is being extended with two new powertrains. Citroën says the PureTech 130 S&S EAT6 is particularly noteworthy as it combines the PureTech 130 S&S turbocharged 3-cylinder petrol engine with the latest generation EAT6 automatic gearbox for even greater driving pleasure. Fuel consumption for both the five and seven-seat models is to 55.4mpg (combined cycle) with CO2 emissions of 115g/km.
Equipped with direct high-pressure injection and a new-generation high-yield turbo, it delivers maximum torque of 230Nm at 1,750rpm, with 95 percent of this available from 1,500rpm through to 3,500rpm, making it an exceptionally flexible performer.
”For us, the New Citroën C4 Picasso is a showcase of our finest know-how. In addition to its unique, modern and dynamic styling, it offers an incomparable level of comfort. With its architecture and the EMP2 platform, it brings motorists spaciousness, modularity and on-road qualities that enhance the well-being of all passengers. Today we are equipping it with a set of new useful technologies that simplify everyday life and improve safety. The New C4 Picasso has everything it takes to be a leader in the European market,” says Linda Jackson, CEO of Citroën.
Designed in France and produced at the Vigo plant in Spain, the New Citroën C4 Picasso and Grand C4 Picasso will go ‘on sale’ in the UK on 1 September 2016. Order books will open in June.