- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.