Citroen C4 Picasso
The Citroën C4 Picasso, an award-winning five-seater MPV that has garnered high praise around the globe, has undergone a series of upgrades. More specifically, the model line-up has been augmented with the introduction of a third, turbo petrol-powered derivative, which also becomes the new flagship of the range.
The new range-topper links Citroën’s powerful and efficient e-THP four-cylinder turbo petrol engine to a refined six-speed automatic transmission. The 1.6-litre unit’s power output is a lively 121 kW at 6 000 rpm, accompanied by a full 240 Nm of torque at just 1 400 rpm.
The introduction of an automatic version is the direct result of customer feedback, and adds the convenience and safety of an automatic transmission to the C4 Picasso formula for the first time.
Reflecting its flagship status, the newcomer is offered in top-end Intensive execution only. The result is a full-house features list that leaves the C4 Picasso’s occupants wanting for nothing as far as style, space, convenience, safety and technology are concerned.
The result is a spacious, luxurious MPV with ample pep and an extensive list of standard features. The new model records a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 9.3 seconds, while top speed is impressive at 200 km/h.
That said, the highly efficient engine also achieves excellent fuel consumption, with a combined-cycle figure of 5.6 litres/100 km, coupled to CO2 emissions levels of just 130 g/km.
A key aspect in terms of both performance and efficiency is the C4 Picasso’s low kerb weight. Its lightweight construction has allowed a substantial weight reduction of 140 kg, benefitting both performance and handling, while reducing fuel consumption, too.
Impressively, the top-flight e-THP 121 kW Auto weighs in at just 1 310 kg, which is 12 kg heavier than the e-HDI 85 kW models. Like all current-generation C4 Picassos, the low mass is the result of Citroën’s advanced EMP2 platform, which allows compact exterior dimensions, but with more interior space.
In line with its range-topping status, the list of standard equipment is extensive. Everything is included in the asking price, greatly reducing ordering complexity and ensuring a high-value offering.
Highlights include auto-activating headlights and windscreen wipers, tyre pressure monitoring, ABS, EBD, ESC and SIX airbags, a reversing camera, and navigation. The infotainment system includes Bluetooth connectivity and a 8 GB hard drive-based Jukebox.
Safety is comprehensively addressed via ABS brakes with electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and emergency braking assistance (EBA), electronic stability control (ESC), Hill Start Assist, and a full complement of six airbags.
Advanced active safety features additionally offered by the new C4 Picasso Automatic include blind spot monitoring, and lane departure warning (with visual and active seat belt alert).
The addition of the new C4 Picasso e-THP 121 kW Automatic coincides with a realignment of the range, which now consists of three models – two powered by 85 kW e-HDi Turbodiesels, and the new 121 kW turbo petrol.
The range kicks off with the C4 Picasso e-HDI 85 kW Seduction Manual. The 1,6-litre turbodiesel engine under the bonnet has a rated maximum output of 85 kW at 3 600 r/min, combined with a torque peak of 270 Nm at just 1 750 rpm. The gearbox is a six-speed manual.
Next up is the e-HDI Intensive Manual, which employs the same turbodiesel drivetrain, but together with the enhanced specification associated with the Intensive package. Wheels on the Seduction model are 16-inch, while the Intensive gains 17-inch alloys.
Another hallmark is the presence of dual displays – a 7-inch touch-screen display that centralises all core vehicle functions for convenient, intuitive access, and a configurable 12-inch display (on Intensive model only) that replaces conventional instrumentation and can be customised in a variety of ways to suit personal preference or lifestyle.
The EMP2 platform’s efficient packaging allows up to 537 litres of boot space, while the reduced weight has both environmental and dynamic benefits. The result is a vehicle that is more agile, yet offers the refinement and comfort Citroën cars are famous for.
The new C4 Picasso models can be ordered in a choice of five colours: Polar White, Ruby Red Metallic, Arctic Steel Metallic, Teles Blue Metallic and Shark Grey Metallic, Inside the Seduction model the Ondulice cloth in two-tone black/Ardoise grey is standard, while the Intensive versions feature a black/pearlescent grey colour scheme.
The uniqueness and broad appeal of the C4 Picasso is underscored by the long list of rewards and accolades it has received around the world since launch.
From Australia and Argentina to Spain, Argentine, Germany, the UK, Portugal, France, Bulgaria, Ireland and more, the C4 Picasso resonates with an ever-increasing family of products. In South Africa, the C4 Picasso was one of the nine finalists in the 2015 Car Of The Year Contest.
“The Citroen C4 Picasso has always been a unique, stylish offering in what is broadly considered the MPV segment,” says Francis Harnie, managing director Peugeot Citroën South Africa.
“The realigned range, topped off by a new automatic turbo petrol model, and featuring a comprehensive list of standard features, translates into exceptional comfort levels, a spacious interior and flexible load options,” Harnie added. “Value added pricing means that our Citroën C4 Picasso represents exceptional value, too.
The recommended retail prices of the Citroën C4 Picasso range are as follows:
e-HDI 85kW Seduction Manual R325 900
e-HDI 85kW Intensive Manual R345 900
2-THP 121kW Intensive Auto R369 900
Pricing includes a three-year/100 000 km warranty, a five-year/100 000 km service plan, as well as roadside assistance. There is an option to upgrade to the FreeDrive or five-year/100 000 km warranty extension. Services are at 20 000 km/1Year intervals on the petrol model and 15 000km/1Year intervals on the two diesel derivatives.