What is it?
The all-new Citroën C4 Picasso is still its maker's medium-sized MPV, but apart from the name, it shares little in common with the model it replaces.
It’s the first of more than 20 models that’ll use the new EMP2 platform from the PSA Peugeot Citroën group. Following the trend, the new model is claimed to be 140kg lighter than the old one, with half of that weight loss coming from the platform and the rest from a body construction that uses an aluminium bonnet and a composite tailgate. Launch models are five-seaters; a seven-seat version will come later in the year.
The new platform allows the C4 Picasso to be 40mm shorter overall than before, but with a 55mm-longer wheelbase.
Citroën's rival to the Ford C-Max and Renault Scenic sends a strong message about what the company is planning for its renewed C-series models, both in terms of styling and engineering. A wild front end with slim LED daytime running lights makes it look a bit outlandish, but Citroën promises that from now on it's not only its DS models that will have a strong personality.