Citroen is setting new benchmarks in the monospace segment with its new C4 Picasso. A very cleverly designed car, with a very tasteful futuristic Citroen styling signature.
Therefore it certainly deserves a closer look, and in January, I will drive the 1.6 HDi Exclusive version…
Hans Knol ten Bensel
The New Grand C4 Picasso harnesses all the efficiency of the new EMP2 (Efficient Modular Platform 2) to provide an ideal combination of versatility, cabin space and accessibility, underpinned with three rows of seats.
In addition to boasting record low CO2 emissions, starting at just 98g/km, the next-generation Grand C4 Picasso features Citroën’s all-new BlueHDi 150 engine that emits a low 110g/km of CO2.
Although the latest model is the same length as its predecessor (4.59m), the EMP2 platform has allowed Citroën’s engineers to extend the wheelbase to 2.84m (the longest in the category) to provide versatile modularity, with a third row of folding seats for transporting up to seven people.
This also means class-leading cabin space in rows two & three and enhanced access, especially to row three through optimised door apertures. There is also an extra 69-litres of useable load space (645-litres VDA) & over 700-litres with row two seats in their forward position.
Citroën’s New Grand C4 Picasso stands apart from the five-seat model thanks to its specific design, unique high-tech front end, attractive side profile with special roof bars and innovative 3D effect LED lights at the rear, which are inspired by Citroën’s recent concept cars.
The new model brings together all the strengths of the new-generation C4 Picasso with:
A loft-inspired interior delivering an uncluttered feel & best-in-class comfort for all passengers
Technologies for well-being, including a 7” touchscreen driving interface combined with a high-definition 12” panoramic screen
Innovations for an increasingly user-friendly drive, including an all-new 360˚ Vision system
A balance between ride comfort & roadholding that sets a new standard compared with the previous generation - thanks to its electric power steering system & optimised suspension.
Indeed, The vehicle’s reduced weight, lower centre of gravity and design elements like the vertically positioned shock absorbers, combine to create a new balance between comfort and roadholding - for improved driveability, greater safety and unequalled comfort on board. Besides the optimised suspension, the electric power steering system is also essential to achieve these results.
Many safety features…
Designed to anticipate events and to provide assistance as part of a safe and relaxed driving experience, New Grand C4 Picasso is packed with safety equipment, which includes:
Radar guided active cruise control fitted in the front bumper, which maintains a constant distance to the vehicle in front and uses acceleration or engine braking to reduce or increase vehicle speed
An anti-collision warning system that also uses the front radar to alert the driver when their vehicle is too close to the vehicle in front. The warning system functions from speeds of 30kph (18mph) with three alert systems depending on the risk; visual, sound and seatbelt pressure
Intelligent traction control, an electronic system that improves traction on low-grip surfaces
Lots of creature comfort and safety features in the Grand 4 Picasso...
Active seatbelts for the driver and front passenger, which automatically pull tight in the event of danger. The driver’s seatbelt also works with the LDWS (Lane Departure Warning System) and vibrates as a warning if the car inadvertently crosses a white line without signalling.
An image processing function for the miniature camera that is built into the interior mirror. This manages the automatic smart beam function; activating and deactivating full beam lights depending on lighting and traffic conditions
Ultrasonic blind spot monitoring that uses an orange light on the door mirrors, warning drivers if a vehicle is present in their blind spot. The system is active above 12kph (7.5mph) and monitors the area up to 5 metres behind the rear bumper and 3.5 metres on either side of the car.
At the heart of the range, the e-HDi 115 ETG6 will emit just 104g/km of CO2 emissions (105g/km for the manual version) with a combined fuel economy of 70.6mpg. This is the version I will be testing in January. Look again at these columns!
Hans Knol ten Bensel