The all-new Citroën C4 Picasso will go on sale this September. The mini-MPV models will feature more frugal engines and will be built with a body that’s lighter. The C4 Picasso is built on the new PSA Group ‘EMP2’ platform that will be shared with the new Peugeot 308. It comes with advanced weight-reducing measures such as alloy body parts and a composite rear floor to save as much as 140kg in kerb weight model-for-model.
Other measures that save weight include the use of an aluminium bonnet and composite tailgate, which contribute as much as 70kg weight savings when combined. Citroën said that this new C4 Picasso weighs as much as C3 Picasso. Furthermore, the new platform offers a “usefully wider, shorter footprint,” which gives the new C4 a dynamic styling effect that is both “forceful and intense.”
The new platform gives the C4 new proportions with an overall length that’s shorter by 40mm and a 70mm shorter front overhang. However, it has wider tracks that are 83mm bigger at the front and 31mm at the rear. The interior is roomier due to its wheelbase that’s 55mm longer.
It also has practical in-service features such as a fold-forward front passenger seat back that extends carrying space to 2.5m for objects such as surf boards or lengthy DIY loads. Meanwhile, the second row of seats gets a fore/aft adjustment. It has new or modified HDi diesel powertrains that are targeted at reducing tailpipe emissions and fuel consumption.
So far, Citroën has only confirmed the availability of three diesels. These are an 89bhp 1.4-litre and two 1.6-litres, one with an output of 114bhp and another with 148bhp. The 89bhp e-HDI 90 is the most efficient. When it is equipped with the newest ETG6 version of Citroën’s clutchless six-speed manual, it achieves an impressive 98g/km and 74mpg.
When partnered with the same clutchless manual transmission, the bigger capacity 1.6-litre e-HDI 115 is capable of emitting just 104g/km and of returning 70mpg.
Citroën is also one of those automakers that use ‘blue’ to indicate a green model. The BlueHDi 150 is powered by a 1.6-litre diesel with NOx emissions that are controlled by a new SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) cat. It claims to have CO2 emissions of 110g/km. Offered as optional is a conventional six-speed auto, which won’t be available yet when it’s launched in the autumn.