Citroën has unveiled the first images of the New Grand C4 Picasso - a uniquely styled car that stands apart from the already impressive five-seat model in terms of design and features a pioneering balance between interior space and engaging exterior styling.
The New Grand C4 Picasso harnesses all the efficiency of the new EMP2 (Efficient Modular Platform 2) to provide an ideal combination of versatility, cabin space and accessibility, underpinned with three rows of seats.
In addition to boasting record low CO2 emissions, starting at just 98g/km, the next-generation Grand C4 Picasso features Citroën's all-new BlueHDi 150 engine that emits a low 110g/km of CO2.
Although the latest model is the same length as its predecessor (4.59m), the EMP2 platform has allowed Citroën's engineers to extend the wheelbase to 2.84m (the longest in the category) to provide:
A true expression of Citroën's 'Créative Technologie', the seven-seat 'Technospace' is available powered by a new BlueHDi 150 engine, which complies with the Euro 6 standard as a result of its innovative Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system - the only technology able to sharply reduce NOx emissions (by 90%), whilst also cutting CO2 emissions. Fitted with the latest-generation 6-speed gearbox to optimise performance and fuel consumption, the BlueHDi 150 unit emits just 110g/km of CO2 emissions (manual) and 117g/km of CO2 for the automatic version.
2014 Citroen Grand C4 Picasso
Citroën's New Grand C4 Picasso stands apart from the five-seat model thanks to its specific design, unique high-tech front end, attractive side profile with special roof bars and innovative 3D effect LED lights at the rear, which are inspired by Citroën's recent concept cars.
The new model brings together all the strengths of the new-generation C4 Picasso with:
STYLING & DESIGN
The new Citroën Grand C4 Picasso blends Citroën's distinctive styling with ground-breaking proportions. The modular EMP2 platform extends the wheelbase considerably, which at 2.84m is now 11cm longer than the previous generation. This intelligent architecture has increased the cabin and boot capacity, and reduces the front overhang by 11.6cm, making it the shortest in the class.
The new platform also enables the engine bay and floor to be lowered (by 50mm for the engine and 20mm for the floor), and the tracks to be widened (by 82mm at the front and 31mm at the rear).
The sleeker, more dynamic, next-generation Grand C4 Picasso stands apart from the five-seat model via a series of sophisticated styling features:
All versions are fitted with stylish alloy wheels ranging from 16 to 18" to complete the contemporary exterior look.
The uncluttered interior of Citroën's New Grand C4 Picasso was designed with a loft-style feel in mind. The standard-fit panoramic windscreen and optional large glass roof bathes the cabin in natural light. New Grand C4 Picasso has more glass surface than any other model in the segment at 5.70 square metres. At night, white LED lighting (on the ceiling, backlit storage spaces, trays on the front seat backs, and inner door handles) further enhance the sense of well-being by creating a cosy and intimate ambience.
Citroën's attention to detail and choice of materials is reflected within the loft-style design, making the quality of finish on board the New Grand C4 Picasso amongst the very best in its class.
The asymmetrically designed dashboard subtly blends the different colours and materials. Satin chrome and gloss inserts further enhance Citroën's stylish touches and particular attention has been paid to the door panels that have been designed with an original laser-engraved pattern on the trim inserts.
Alongside the loft-inspired cabin, passengers also benefit from:
Exclusive to the class, and available with the optional Lounge Pack, are Citroën's new front massaging seats and a 'Relax' mode passenger seat - which allows front passengers to stretch out their legs and experience first class travel. 'Relax' headrests are also available on all seats for optimum neck support.
COMFORT & ROADHOLDING
Driveability is a key strength of the New Citroën Grand C4 Picasso. While maintaining the recognised comfort of its predecessor, the new-generation vehicle is easier to handle and is more manoeuvrable for an easier, more relaxed drive.
The vehicle's reduced weight, lower centre of gravity and design elements like the vertically positioned shock absorbers, combine to create a new balance between comfort and roadholding - for improved driveability, greater safety and unequalled comfort on board.
Acoustic and vibration comfort is also remarkable thanks to an electric power steering system that minimises vibrations transmitted from the road to the steering column, damping of the front subframe to limit road noise and a new dual-material acoustic shim on the rear axle.
Most of these improvements were made possible by the new EMP2 platform.
Designed to anticipate events and to provide assistance as part of a safe and relaxed driving experience, new Citroën Grand C4 Picasso is packed with safety equipment, which includes:
CLASS LEADING EFFICIENCY & PERFORMANCE
The new EMP2 platform means the New Grand C4 Picasso is 100kg lighter than its predecessor, contributing to a reduction in CO2 emission and an increase in fuel efficiency. Reduced further is the weight of selected e-HDi 115 versions, which are 110kg lighter than the equivalent models in the previous generation.
The new platform combines aluminium and steel alongside a composite rear floor to reduce the vehicle weight by 60kg. The new body style, with its optimised dimensions, balances the use of new materials - including an aluminium bonnet and composite tailgate - to reduce the overall weight by a further 40kg.
The reduced mass, enhanced aerodynamics and an optimised engine range significantly cut fuel consumption and CO2 emissions - on average by 30g/km compared to its predecessor.
The New Grand C4 Picasso is fitted with internal combustion engines delivering sub-100g/km of CO2 emissions. 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 automated 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 74.3mpg - a record in the class.
At the heart of the range, the e-HDi 115 ETG6 will emit just 104g/km of CO2 emissions (105g/km for the manual version) with a combined fuel economy of 70.6mpg.
The New Grand C4 Picasso model is also available with the new Euro 6 compliant BlueHDi engine fitted with Citroën's innovative Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system. The BlueHDi 150 manual unit will emit just 110g/km of CO2 emissions (117g/km for the latest-generation 6-speed automatic gearbox version).
All diesel-powered New Grand C4 Picasso models are fitted with Stop & Start technology, as standard.
The New Grand C4 Picasso creates a new architectural benchmark thanks to the new EMP2 platform. Combining a sleek design with intelligent architecture, the rear wheels have been moved back by 55mm (compared to the five-seat model), extending the wheelbase to 2.84m - the longest in the class.
New Grand C4 Picasso features optimised dimensions (4.59m L, 1.83m W, and 1.63m H), an 11 metre turning circle and is easily adaptable to accommodate all customer needs:
The New Grand C4 Picasso is also packed with a wide range of convenient and practical storage units such as the lit compartment in the centre of the dashboard, which contains a jack and a USB port, making it ideal for plugging in smart-phones or tablets.
Alongside the removable console between the driver and passenger seat on ETG6 versions, personal belongings can also be cleverly stored in easy-to-reach compartments under the front seats. There are also trays on the front seat backs, complete with LED lighting and storage nets, and under-floor compartments in row two.
FULLY DIGITAL TOUCHPAD DRIVING INTERFACE
New Citroën Grand C4 Picasso's clean and uncluttered dashboard features two full-digital displays - a 7" touchpad and a 12" panoramic HD screen - creating an intuitive and stylish driving interface.
The standard specification 7" touchpad, with its seven touch-sensitive buttons, controls all the in-car functions such as dual-zone air conditioning, navigation, audio, telephone and driving aids, and all within easy reach.
The spectacular 12" panoramic HD screen can be configured to display essential driving information and can show data for either the navigation system or other driving aids, such as the active cruise control. There is even the option of changing the screen's backdrop with a personal photograph using a USB key.
Helping driver and passengers to stay connected at all times, Citroën's new Multicity Connect is a portal of connected applications controlled by the 7" touchpad. All the available apps are fully integrated within the driving interface and factor in vehicle information such as fuel and speed to bring drivers relevant information at the right time to help them plan ahead.
EASY & RELAXING
Alongside functions such as keyless entry and start, reversing camera and electric tailgate, Citroën's New Grand C4 Picasso features a range of innovations to make driving easier and more relaxing, including:
360 Vision, an exclusive feature in the segment that uses four cameras placed around the car to give the driver a bird's eye view, a rear view or a panoramic front view to extend the driver's field of vision, making manoeuvres easier
Park Assist, which provides automatic assistance when manoeuvring into a tight parking space, whether parallel parking or reversing straight back. All the driver has to do is manage acceleration and braking.