What is it?
The Citroen C4 Picasso is a five-seat version of Citroen’s err… C4 Picasso. Recognizing that this model strategy could become a little confusing for customers, the French car-maker has re-labeled the seven-seat version Grand Picasso, allowing this latest MPV, the fourth in Citroen’s range, to use the C4 Picasso badge exclusively.
You’d be right in thinking that Citroen already makes a five-seat midi-MPV, too. Apparently, the Xsara Picasso will co-exist with the C4 Picasso and be marketed as a bargain-hunter’s MPV until 2010.
Taking the seven-seat Grand Picasso as its template, the C4 Picasso is 12cm shorter, does away with the third row of seats and has mildly tweaked suspension.
Past the A-pillar, it's got a completely different body shape from the seven-seater, and a new tailgate with a twin-hatch opening. The car's boot is fitted with a removeable "Modubox", which seems essentially to be a granny-trolley in disguise.
The Grand Picasso’s existing trim levels of LX, VTR and Exclusive will be applied here, with the flagship 2.0-litre diesel Exclusive receiving a six-speed semi-automatic gearbox, pneumatic rear suspension (which can be used to lower the boot loading deck) 18in alloys and bigger, more comfortable seats.