Citroen exploit fully the adaptability of the new Efficient Modular Platform 2 in the latest 7-seat Grand C4 Picasso to produce ground-breaking proportions.
The Grand C4 Picasso, the bigger brother of this year’s Continental Irish car of the year, the C4 Picasso, provides a hard to beat combination of versatility, cabin room and accessibility. The new platform also save up to 110kg in weight, which aids fuel economy.
The Grand Picasso is on sale now, priced from €26,795 to €39,395. It earned a 5-star EuroNCAP safety rating with 88% in the Child Occupant category.
Although the latest model is virtually the same length as its predecessor (4.59m), the EMP2 platform allowed engineers to extend the wheelbase to 2.84m (the longest in the category) to provide class-leading cabin space in rows two and three. Access has been enhanced, especially to row three through optimised door apertures.
An extra 69-litres of usable load space (645-litres VDA) and over 793-litres with row two seats in their forward position are all part of the package.
With the weight loss and with CO2 reduced by 30g/km on average, the new Grand C4 Picasso’s enhanced aerodynamics and optimised engine range, including a new Euro 6 BlueHDi 150 power plant, enable CO2 emissions from just 113g/km and a class-leading combined cycle fuel economy of as low as 4.3l/100km (65.7mpg).
The reduced weight, lower centre of gravity and enhanced design also create a new balance between comfort and road holding for improved driveability, greater safety and unequalled comfort on board.
The new Picasso is available in the same eight body colours as the 5-seat C4 Picasso. All versions are fitted with alloy wheels as standard, with a range of original designs from 16 to 18 inches.
The interior was designed with a loft-style feel in mind. The standard-fit panoramic windscreen and optional large glass roof bathe the cabin in natural light.
New Grand C4 Picasso’s dashboard features two full-digital displays – a 7” touch pad and a 12” panoramic HD screen – creating an intuitive and stylish driving interface.
The standard specification 7” touch pad, with seven touch-sensitive buttons, puts all the in-car functions such as dual-zone air conditioning, navigation, audio, telephone and driving aids, within easy reach.
Alongside functions such as keyless entry and start, reversing camera and electric tailgate, new Grand C4 Picasso features 360° VISION, an exclusive feature in the segment to Citroën that uses four cameras to give the driver a bird’s eye view, rear view or panoramic front view through the integrated 12 inch screen and PARK ASSIST, which provides automatic assistance when manoeuvring into a tight space, whether parallel parking or reversing straight back. All the driver has to do is manage acceleration and braking.
The new model’s performance is further refined with the new 6-speed clutchless manual gearbox – ETG6 (6-speed Efficient Tronic Gearbox) – available with e-HDi 90 and e-HDi 115 versions. With the ETG6 box, drivers can switch from manual to automatic mode at any time, depending on their requirements and the driving environment.
The e-HDi 90 Airdream engine, with the ETG6, emits just 98 g/km with a combined fuel consumption of 3.8l/100km (74.3mpg), a record in the class.
At the heart of the range, the e-HDi 115 Airdream 6 speed manual will emit just 105g/km of CO2 emissions with a combined fuel economy of just 4.0l/100km (70.6mpg).
The new model is also available with the new Euro 6 compliant BlueHDi engine fitted with Citroën’s innovative Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system, the only technology able to sharply reduce NOx emissions (by 90%), whilst also cutting CO2 emissions. The BlueHDi 150 manual unit emits just 113g/km of CO2 emissions (manual) and 117g/km of CO2 for the automatic version.
All diesel-powered models are fitted with Stop & Start technology, as standard.