Five Seat CitroŽn C4 Picasso
NEW VISIOSPACE WITH AN ASSERTIVE PERSONALITY
the successful launch of the Grand C4 Picasso (7-seater) visiospace,
CitroŽn is continuing to extend its MPV range with the launch in
first-quarter 2007 of its second visiospace, the uniquely styled
C4 Picasso (5-seater).
The C4 Picasso immediately
stands out with its dynamic, attractive styling. The newcomer has all
the advantages of an MPV, such as class-leading cabin and boot space
and a commanding driving position, along with all-new features inherent
to the visiospace concept: outstanding peripheral visibility and light,
easy-to-use modular design, uncluttered interior space, and the highest
levels in onboard comfort. The C4 Picasso is also a pleasure to drive
and boasts particularly surefooted roadholding.
The vehicle is available from launch with four high-performance engines that are frugal on fuel and respect the environment:
engines include the 127 bhp DIN 1.8i 16V unit mated to a manual 5-speed
gearbox, along with the 143 bhp DIN 2.0i 16V with the 6-speed
electronic gearbox system or – depending on the country – a 4-speed
two diesels, both
fitted as standard with a particulate filter (DPFS), of which the 110
bhp HDi DPFS mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox or the 6-speed
electronic gearbox system, and the 138 bhp HDi DPFS with the 6-speed
electronic gearbox system or a 6-speed automatic gearbox.
available on the C4, C5 and C6, the smooth and responsive 6-speed
automatic gearbox can be mated to the 138 bhp HDi DPFS. This system is
also fitted on the Grand C4 Picasso.
Right from the
first level of trim, the C4 Picasso is equipped with new features for
onboard comfort, along with driving aids and safety functions rarely
found in this segment.
With its dynamic, assertive
and unique styling, together with its dimensions (4.47 m long, 1.83 m
wide and 1.66 m high), road performance, and innovative visiospace
features, the C4 Picasso fits naturally into CitroŽn’s compact MPV
range between the Xsara Picasso and the Grand C4 Picasso.
CitroŽn is the only manufacturer to market three compact MPVs, each with its distinctive personality and styling.
with its saloon models, the Marque has created a real range of MPVs
with differentiated design and specifications. The range now includes
the compact MPVs, Xsara Picasso, C4 Picasso and Grand C4 Picasso,
together with the large MPV, the C8.
The C4 Picasso is built on the same platform as the Grand C4 Picasso at the Vigo site in Spain.
UNIQUE STYLING EXUDING VITALITY AND APPEAL
styling of the C4 Picasso is distinguished by its original, flowing and
dynamic lines. Its sophisticated body style is at once compact, flowing
and elegant. CitroŽn’s new MPV is an eminently attractive and dynamic
vehicle from all angles.
The wide angle panoramic
windscreen and large quarter-lights framed by slim pillars immediately
leap to the onlooker’s attention and underline the vehicle’s identity
as a CitroŽn visiospace. The rear pillars are masked by the rear
quarter-lights, bringing extra flight to the roof and giving an
uninterrupted all-glass look.
The new visiospace’s
assertive-looking front end features a bumper with oversized air
intakes covered in racing-style black mesh. The gutsy look of the front
end is accentuated by briskly styled headlamps and, depending on the
trim level, chrome-stripped fog lamps, while brand identity is
signalled by wide chevrons on the grille that extend out in chrome
strips to the headlamps.
The protective waistline
suggests robustness, while the wave-shaped recess adds rhythm to the
styling of the sides at the rear of the vehicle and creates a flowing,
graceful ensemble. This fluid styling is enhanced by a chrome strip,
depending on the trim level. The car’s elegant profile is made more
elegant still by the plunging roof line that extends into the spoiler.
range is available with a choice of two new alloy wheels, 16-inch or
17-inch, that completely fill the wheel arches, underscoring the
elegance and vitality of the new visiospace. The 18-inch alloy wheels
fitted on the C4 Picasso, as on the Grand C4 Picasso, are now also
available with chrome finish.
The C4 Picasso sports
a saloon-style rear end and rear lights with a horizontal design in the
shape of hockey sticks, highlighting the stance and width of the
vehicle and underscoring its dynamic persona. The new lights are split
between the body and the tailgate and do not encroach upon the wide
boot aperture. The light set at the back is rounded out by a third,
ultra-long stop light with light guides, fitted in the spoiler.
flowing design and purely drawn lines of the body result in outstanding
aerodynamic performance for this segment (Cd of 0.31 and Cd.A of 0.81).
total of 12 body colours are available from launch. Two of these are
new: Tivoli blue, a bright and dynamic shade exclusive to the C4
Picasso, and Brun Show red, which is also available on the Grand C4
VISIOSPACE ASSETS: exceptional visibility and generous interior space
visiospace is a mix of exceptional visibility (“visio”) and generous
interior space (“space”) with easy-to-use modular design.
Outstanding visibility and light
in the Grand C4 Picasso, all the passengers in this new MPV have a
commanding view of the outside world, thanks to a vast glazed area
featuring an innovative, wide angle panoramic windscreen measuring 2 m2, large front quarter-lights framed by narrow pillars, and generously sized side windows.
outstanding visibility enhances driveability and makes a valuable
contribution to safety by considerably reducing the front three-quarter
blind spot, doubling the angle of visibility at the front and providing
excellent side and rear three-quarter vision. The wave-shaped recess of
the body line below the windows on the rear doors increases the angle
of side visibility by 4į for rear passengers. The C4 Picasso has the
best side visibility in row 2 in its segment, which is a boon for
children, whose major activity while travelling is still looking out
the window at the world going by.
The C4 Picasso, like the Grand C4 Picasso, has the largest glazed area in its category – 5 m2 without and 6.2 m2 with the panoramic sunroof. This glass surface increases visibility for all passengers while flooding the cabin with light.
Roomy front compartment
The new layout of the driving position and the uncluttered dashboard creates a sensation of increased space and comfort.
Innovative driving position
driving position, associated with the new 6-speed electronic gearbox
system or automatic transmission, completely frees up the centre of the
dashboard by grouping the gearbox controls on the steering wheel. This
layout completely does away with the central console, which
traditionally houses the gearbox controls. The controls are now
steering wheel-mounted, with a mode selector and gearshift paddles.
Built into the steering column, they adapt to adjustments for height
and reach. These upgrades free up space for a large cooled central
fixed hub brings the main comfort functions and driving aids within
easy reach of the driver. This ergonomic feature groups the controls
for easy use.
automatic electronic parking brake with fascia-mounted controls does
away with the mechanical hand brake between the front seats.
air conditioning uses new exchangers and is therefore more compact in
size. The controls are placed at either end of the dashboard – within
direct reach of the occupants – thus freeing up the central console.
Standard-setting interior space
new MPV measures just 4.47 m long, 1.83 m wide and 1.66 m high – 12
centimetres shorter that the Grand C4 Picasso – but offers
standard-setting interior space thanks to its intelligent architecture.
It can transport five adults in total comfort.
features a strong point of all CitroŽn compact MPVs: three independent
and identically sized seats (45 cm wide), along with a flat floor that
offers each of the three rear passengers equal comfort. All three of
these seats are equipped with Isofix anchorage points, as is the front
passenger seat. Each of the seats in row 2 features fore-and-aft
adjustment over 13 cm and a comfort position with seatback and cushion
adjustment. Knee room is the most generous in the segment, with between
70 cm and 95 cm depending on the position of the front seat, while side
passengers benefit from optimal head room.
terms of elbow room, the C4 Picasso is the leader in the 5-seater MPV
category (along with the Xsara Picasso). This space is well balanced
between the front (1.51 m) and the rear (1.50 m).
front seats slide over a distance of 21 cm. Like the driver, the front
passenger can raise the seat by up to 50 mm. Raising the seat changes
the height from a hatchback-level driving position (height of 32.5 cm)
to a high driving position (up to 37.5 cm). Depending on the trim
level, these seats are available with electric controls and the
driver’s seat with positions that can be memorised.
uncluttered dashboard and innovative layout of the driver’s station,
which groups all the controls, emphasise the feeling of comfort and
space on board. The space freed up between the front seats makes it
easier for occupants in the front and rear to communicate with each
other. It also provides greater visibility for the person in the middle
back seat, who can enjoy the view through the panoramic windscreen.
Large and practical boot with the new Modubox
C4 Picasso passengers with this impressive interior space has had no
detriment on boot volume, which is a segment benchmark.
boot capacity under the parcel shelf is 500 litres (VDA), with the rear
seats pushed back as far as possible. With all rear seats folded away,
maximum capacity is 1,734 litres (VDA).
C4 Picasso also has the widest space between wheel arches in its
category (1.17 m), which makes it easier to transport wide, rectangular
Load length totals 1.87 m with the front passenger seat pushed forward to the maximum extent.
some 57 cm under the parcel shelf, the C4 Picasso can transport bulky
objects out of sight. The boot becomes even more practical with the
addition of the new Modubox.
C4 Picasso can be fitted with the new Modubox, which makes it easier to
organise space in the boot or transport objects outside the vehicle.
The Modubox is a removable trolley made up of a solid frame (maximum
load: 22 kg) and a soft bag in removable canvas, with capacity of 40
litres, or 37.5 l for the insulated version. It has an ergonomic design
(high-position, solid handle, easy to open and close, etc.), can be
used both inside and outside the car, and is highly versatile. It can
be used as a trolley (frame plus bag), a cart (frame only for carrying
heavy objects) or as a simple bag. Exterior use is enhanced by
large-sized wheels with rolling strips in rubber. Folded up, it can be
strapped to the right-hand side of the boot.
boot can be equipped with a reversible protective mat, with a carpet
side and a rubber side. The rubber side is easy to clean and highly
practical when transporting dirty objects.
The C4 Picasso comes with an opening rear window that facilitates access to the boot when the car is parked in a tight spot.
stowage net can be arranged in a wide range of configurations (flat on
the floor, under the luggage cover, etc.) using the eight hooks
provided in the boot. An optional load restraint net can be used to
maximise load volume behind the front seats without compromising
Easy-to-use modular design
in the Grand C4 Picasso, the ingenious seat-folding function allows
occupants to quickly and easily change the interior without removing
the seats from the cabin.
three identically sized rear seats can be folded away into the floor
without having to remove the head rests, with a quick tug on the strap
next to the seat back.
the seats folded away, the C4 Picasso has a loading surface extending
to the back of the front seats and a maximum volume of 1,734 litres
Equipment for onboard comfort and well-being rarely found in the segment
The C4 Picasso is available with a broad range of equipment for onboard comfort and well-being rarely found in this segment.
Class-beating suspension comfort
quality – a constant priority for CitroŽn – is outstanding on all
versions of the C4 Picasso. According to trim level, the metal
suspension can be replaced with pneumatic suspension on the rear axle
(except for models fitted with the 1.8i 16V engine). This system offers
several, complementary advantages:
also maintains a stable vehicle attitude, irrespective of the load.
Comfort, driving pleasure and, as a consequence, safety are thus
maintained, regardless of load.
rear suspension also makes it possible to lower or raise the boot sill
when the car is stationary, making it easier to load objects. The
driver simply presses a button in the boot, keeping it pressed down for
the required time. The system emits a sound signal while the sill is
being raised/lowered. The height of the boot can thus be varied by
between 48 and 62 cm with respect to the ground. Once objects have been
loaded, the sill can be returned to its original position in two ways:
automatically, when the car starts and is moving at a speed of over 10
kph, or manually, by pressing the button twice. The boot also includes
a button to disable the function. This will block the suspension when a
wheel is being changed, for example.
The pneumatic suspension system comprises:
height sensors measure the distance with respect to the stop. If they
detect a change in distance, i.e. a change in vehicle height, they
report it to the ECU. The ECU then orders the compressor to correct the
deviation and return the vehicle to the right height.
the vehicle is too low, the solenoid valves that control the air flow
will open and send air to the pneumatic cushions. The cushions then
expand to return the vehicle to the correct height, re-establishing the
correct distance with respect to the stop.
system can also let air out in order to cope with a lightening in the
load. The information is conveyed in the same way, and a solenoid valve
draws air out of the pneumatic cushions.
height sensors function independently to measure what is happening on
both sides of the vehicle. The solenoid valves are managed
independently, enabling a finely tuned adjustment of vehicle height on
For safety reasons, the automatic height correction function is disabled when a door is open.
Top-level acoustic comfort and vibration control
CitroŽn has paid close attention to achieving the best levels in acoustic comfort and vibration control, notably by using:
structural inserts (composite assemblies made of polyamide and
structural foam) in the main nodes of the vehicle body, which prevent
the deformation of box sections and thus improve vibration control by
reinforcing body stiffness,
new hydraulic mounts on the rear axle bushes, which limit road noise and impact noise when driving over obstacles,
acoustic side windows (optional), equipment rarely found in this
segment, which add to the qualities of the standard-fitted acoustic
noise is also minimised by the flowing design lines of the vehicle
body, combined with the double-seal barrier on the doors and the
Excellent thermal comfort
C4 Picasso is equipped with the new air conditioning system introduced
on the Grand C4 Picasso. The air conditioning uses new exchangers and
is therefore more compact in size. The controls are placed at either
end of the dashboard – within direct reach of the occupants – thus
freeing up the central console.
automatic air conditioning, rear passengers can adjust air flow
individually with controls positioned halfway up the pillars on the
right and on the left. A "rest" function featured on the automatic air
conditioning system keeps the ventilation running with the engine off
during short stops (up to eight minutes, depending on the battery
Depending on the country, the C4 Picasso
also comes with additional air conditioning allowing rear passengers to
automatically adjust temperature and flow on each side and to direct
air to the boot.
Also depending on the market, the
new vehicle can be fitted with an additional heating system to cope
with the cold. On diesel versions, this system also recovers exhaust
heat. This additional heating increases the cabin temperature more
quickly and speeds up defrosting when the weather is particularly cold.
Designed to respect the environment, this innovative system recovers
the heat released by the exhaust using a water circuit wrapped around
the exhaust system.
The C4 Picasso also features original and efficient protection from the sun, with:
two innovative sliding sunblinds, one for the driver and one for the passenger,
a one-touch electric shutter blind associated with the panoramic sunroof (rare to the segment),
windows and sunblind curtains on the rear side windows and the rear
window (depending on trim).
on the level of trim, the windscreen is heat-reflecting to improve heat
insulation and provide greater protection against solar radiation.
Warm ambient light and useful lighting
be it natural or artificial, is an integral feature of the visiospace,
as seen in the Grand C4 Picasso. Particular attention was given to
night lighting. The vehicle is available with up to 30 cabin lights
that create a warm interior ambience and make life more practical at
and comfort information is grouped on a single screen in the centre of
the dashboard, thus limiting the number of display areas. Depending on
trim level, this screen can be personalised in terms of the colours and
information displayed, and light intensity can be adjusted day and
night, with two independent control ranges, for optimum screen
onboard comfort, conventional light sources are backed up by other
lighting functions: reading lights on the back of the front seats,
stowage compartments in the door panels that light up automatically as
soon as passenger stretches out a hand, a portable, rechargeable flash
light in the boot, and automatic side lights positioned under the
guides under the central fascia strip, in the door panels and in the
roof diffuse a soft indirect light that can be adjusted using a button
on the bottom part of the dashboard. The cabin also features small LEDs
in the door-opening controls and the front roof light.
Air quality sensor and scented air freshener
To maintain air quality in the cabin, the vehicle can be fitted with an air quality sensor and a scented air freshener.
pollutant sensor located upstream of the cabin air intake monitors the
quality of the air outside the car. If necessary, it closes the air
intake flap and automatically activates the air recycling function.
Fitted as standard according to trim, this system detects hydrocarbons
and nitrogen oxide and prevents them from entering the cabin when air
pollution outside reaches a certain level.
C4 Picasso features a scented air freshener, fitted as standard
depending on the level of trim. Styled to match the interior, the
system diffuses a pleasant, subtle fragrance in the cabin through two
central air vents. Five fragrances are available, including an
anti-tobacco scent with an active ingredient to trap odours.
Hi-fi pack and video pack
For an even more enjoyable journey, an optional hi-fi pack and video pack are also available.
with the Grand C4 Picasso, the C4 Picasso is the only compact MPV to
offer a complete hi-fi system. Developed with Philips, this system
provides high-level acoustic performance. The hi-fi pack comprises
eight specially designed loudspeakers placed around the cabin, a
powerful 350-watt digital amplifier and a subwoofer. It is also able to
read MP3-format CDs.
video pack comprises two independent video screens and a DVD drive with
a double connection plate located in a specially designed console. The
rake-adjustable screens at the top of the first-row backrests retract
behind the aircraft-style trays.
Numerous convenient stowage compartments
conventional stowage compartments – notably in the inner door panels –
and the new Modubox in the boot, numerous highly practical storage
areas are located around the cabin.
with the driver’s station associated with the 6-speed electronic
gearbox system and the automatic gearbox feature four large stowage
compartments on the dashboard, two in the upper part and two in the
lower part, with a large-capacity refrigerated compartment in the
centre (for a 1.5-litre water bottle or two 0.5-litre bottles). The
lid of this compartment includes two can-holders and a small tray.
backs of the front seats are equipped with storage nets and can also be
fitted with aircraft-style trays stylishly integrated into the shape of
the seat backs and with a strap to hold small objects in place.
stowage compartments are also available (depending on the trim level
and equipment): a low console between the front seats, stowage
compartment under the front right-hand seat, two flaps under the floor
in row 2, closed storage space in the right-hand side of the boot, etc.
The C4 Picasso delivers all the driving pleasure suggested by its dynamic styling.
Four high-performance engines with minimal environmental impact
Picasso is available from launch with four smooth, high-performance
engines, each compliant with Euro IV standards. Both diesel engines are
fitted standard with a particulate filter.
127 bhp DIN 1.8i 16V at entry level
entry-level petrol engine is a 1.8i 16V unit developing maximum power
of 92 kW EEC (127 bhp DIN) and torque of 170 Nm at 3,750 rpm.
from the lowest engine speeds, it is mated with a five-speed manual
gearbox. The gear lever for the manual is located on the dashboard,
similar to that in the Xsara Picasso.
143 bhp DIN 2.0i 16V
second petrol engine in the range made its debut on the C5 in September
2004. This 2-litre 16V unit develops power of 103 kW EEC (143 bhp DIN)
and maximum torque of 200 Nm at 4,000 rpm. It features continuously
variable valve timing (VVT) to optimise filling of the combustion
chambers at all engine speeds.
It can be mated to the 6-speed electronic gearbox system and, depending on the country, a 4-speed automatic.
HDi 110 DPFS: powerful and compact
The 110 bhp HDi is fitted as standard with a particulate filter (DPFS). With 1,560 cm3
capacity and a 16 valve cylinder head, it develops 80 kW EEC (110 bhp
DIN) and torque of 240 Nm at 1,750 rpm. Torque can be bumped up to 260
Nm with the “overboost” function that increases turbo pressure for
The HDi 110 DPFS can be mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox or the 6-speed electronic gearbox system.
HDi 138 DPFS
138 bhp HDi engine, fitted standard with a particulate filter (DPFS),
develops 100 kW EEC (138 bhp DIN) at 4,000 rpm. Mated to the 6-speed
electronic gearbox system, it gives maximum torque of 270 Nm at 2,000
rpm. This figure rises to 320 Nm with the 6-speed automatic – and up to
340 Nm for short periods using the overboost function.
Like the HDi 110 DPFS, the HDi 138 DPFS features a second-generation injection system and a variable-geometry turbocharger.
A broad range of gearboxes rounded out by a 6-speed automatic
engines are matched to a broad range of gearboxes, which has been
rounded out for the C4 Picasso – as for the Grand C4 Picasso – with the
6-speed automatic unit associated with the 138 bhp HDi DPFS.
available on the C4, C5 and C6, this 6-speed automatic unit provides
exceptionally smooth gear changes and low fuel consumption, and
continuously adjusts to driving style and road conditions. The
electronic control unit chooses from 11 shift patterns the one that is
best adapted for the situation.
As with the 6-speed
electronic gearbox system, vehicles equipped with automatic gearboxes
feature an innovative driver’s station with all gearbox controls (a
mode selector and paddles for manual shifting) grouped on the steering
In automatic mode, the driver can change up
or down temporarily using the paddles behind the wheel, without leaving
the automatic setting.
gearbox range also includes a 5-speed manual unit, a 4-speed automatic
(depending on the country), and a 6-speed electronic gearbox system,
the BMP6. The BMP6 is an authentic alternative to conventional manual
and automatic units. It enhances driving pleasure, both in manual mode
(the clutch pedal is eliminated and gear changing is swift thanks to
the steering-wheel paddles) and in automatic mode (the driver no longer
has to worry about changing gears). In addition, it saves on fuel
consumption (from 3% to 5%, in automatic mode and depending on the
cycle, compared with a traditional manual) and comes at an attractive
price. The driver can switch modes at any time, in line with his/her
requirements and driving conditions – open road, motorway, city, or
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