Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Picasso Paints New Vision for Citroen

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Picasso Paints New Vision for Citroen

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Byline: By Steve Hughes

This is proving to be one of the busiest years in Citroen's long history with the introduction of a raft of important new models.

The new seven-seat C4 Picasso sets new standards in its class with an innovative seat-folding design that allows exceptionally quick reconfiguration and class-leading passenger and boot space.

A combination of the largest sunroof and side windows in the class plus narrow windscreen pillars give the vehicle the largest glazed area of any compact MPV.

This new model is the first Citroen to feature an air quality sensor, complementing the in-built air freshener and a new air conditioning system that has been developed to take into account the large interior space and extensive glass area.

The C4 Picasso is the first vehicle to offer a parking space measurement system. The driver presses the 'P' button on the steering wheel, flicks the relevant indicator and drives slowly along the row of parked vehicles. Two ultrasonic sensors at either end of the front bumper inform the driver whether parking is possible, difficult or inadvisable. The newcomer comes with a choice of two petrol engines, the 127bhp 1.8i and 143bhp 2.0i plus 110bhp 1.6HDi and 138bhp 2.0HDi diesel engines.

The five-seat version has a new-style front bumper with oversized air intakes covered in black mesh and a distinctive wave of the waistline highlighted in chrome.

The rear pillars are masked by the quarter-lights and combined with the rest of the large glazed area, give the impression that the upper half of the vehicle is totally glazed, while the saloon-style rear end features lights with a unusual horizontal design. The overall dimensions are 4.47m long, 1.83m wide and 1.66m tall to create an interior capable of accommodating three individual, full-size rear seats that can be folded into a flat floor. …

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