Citroën Picasso redrawn for 2016 model year

  • Fresh Citroën C4 Picasso / Grand Picasso
  • Distinct Citroën nose, 3D-effect tail lights
  • Four cabin styles, three trim levels
  • Two new engines and latest satnav
2016 Citroën C4 Picasso / Grand Picasso. Image: Newspress/Citroën
FRESH FROM FRANCE: Someting for the South African auto market to look forward to? This is the latest Citroën C4 Picasso / Grand Picasso. Image: Newspress/Citroën

THE latest Citroën C4 Picasso and Grand Picasso are about to reach showrooms in European right-and drive though we have no indication yet of when they will make it to South Africa.

The UK will have the five-seat Picasso and the larger seven-seat Grand Picasso versions of what Citroën describes as “this class leading MPV”.

The cars will be assembled to three trim levels – Touch Edition, Feel and Flair – with both models getting restyled exteriors, a variety of new interior trim, “award winning” engines and the latest connectivity and driving-assistance technology.

2016 Citroën C4 Picasso / Grand Picasso. Image: Newspress/Citroën
FLASH FROM THE PAST: An original Citroën C4 Picasso from 2008 – how things have changed! Image: Newspress/Citroën

The nose keeps the previous versions’ three-tier headlights though the daytime running lights have been emphasised with chromed trim and wider and lower front bumper and gloss black central moulding give, Citroën says, “both versions a stylish, yet more purposeful, look”.

3D-effect tail lights are now standard; gloss black chevrons with chromed surrounds “give a more modern look” and two new body colours have been added: Lazuli Blue and Soft Sand.

Other changes include “Mamba” 17″ diamond-finish alloy rims on the Feel trim-level; the Grand Picasso has new roof bars.

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Standard and Grand models each offer several refreshed interior decoration.

Citroën’s Connect Nav system has adopted “capacitive 19cm touch-screen technology” which makes taps and hand gestures more responsive and recognises multiple contact points, including pinch/zoom.

2016 Citroën C4 Picasso / Grand Picasso. Image: Newspress/Citroën
REVISED REAR: The 2016 Citroën C4 Picasso / Grand Picasso have 3-D effect tail lights. Image: Newspress/Citroën

TomTom satnav also provides live traffic information, alternative routes and local weather forecasts, car-parks and fuel stations and local “point-of-interest” searches. Voice-recognition is now available for satnav, phone and media displays.

Apple and Android phone displays can be repeated to the screen, too.

SIX-SPEED GEARBOXES

Two new petrol power trains will be available (depending, The Corner guesses, on market) alongside the PureTech 130 S&S six- speed manual gearbox. The 130 S&S EAT6 auto will be available on the Feel and Flair versions, the PureTech 110 S&S six- speed manual on the Picasso Touch edition.

2016 Citroën C4 Picasso / Grand Picasso. Image: Newspress/Citroën
BIG SCREEN: The 2016 Citroën C4 Picasso / Grand Picasso have a 19cm touchscreen and a full suite of commenctivity features.. Image: Newspress/Citroën

Optional assistance packages can add active safety systems, among them lane-departure and blind-spot monitors.

Assistance Pack 1 has the above plus speed-limit recognition, auto headlights and a “Hey, wake up!” alert.beam headlights.
Assistance Pack 2 has all of the above plus radar cruise control.

2016 Citroën C4 Picasso / Grand Picasso. Image: Newspress/Citroën
TAKE THE ALL-ROUND VIEW: Extra glass and split A pi;ars give a grand view of the road ahead in the 2016 Citroën C4 Picasso / Grand Picasso. Image: Newspress/Citroën

The cars have also adopted the now dated “wave a foot” auto release for the tail hatch.

For guidance (August 24 2016 exchange rates) only, prices will range from the equivalent of R363 000 to R406 000.

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