SEARCH has seen Citroen's newest MPV in the metal. Here is what to expect when it reaches showrooms next June.

This is Citrn’s new C3 Picasso. It’s due on sale here next summer, poised to compete with the likes of Vauxhall’s Meriva, the Renault Modus and Nissan’s Note. has viewed and sat in the new car. We were immediately struck by its good looks and the high quality of plastics used in the new car’s interior.

It’ll become the third member of the Picasso family of MPVs and, for a Citroen, it’s a boxy car.

That said, the French carmaker’s identity shows through clearly in its big, curving headlamps, its centrally placed stack of instruments and the curving top to its driver’s and front passenger’s doors.

Like its rivals, it’s a five seater with two chairs up front and a split bench in the rear. The rear seats slide to and fro to tailor legroom and luggage space, according to need. The front passenger’s seat back can also be folded to create space for long loads. The rear seats, meanwhile, fold flush with the boot floor to create a flat load space, and there’s also a compartment under the boot floor where, for example, a lap top could be concealed. There are also under-floor storage bins in the rear passenger footwells – just as you’d find in a Renault Scenic.

The driver sits high and a windscreen with two added side panes gives a wide and easy view out.

A panoramic glass roof will be available on dearer models.

Safety equipment on the car will be up to the mark, to include six airbags, ABS, and ESP as an option.

Top-line models will also have an extra rear-view mirror so that parents up-front can keep an eye on children sat in the back.

Four engines will power this new C3, two 1.6-litre petrols producing 95bhp and 120bhp and a pair of 1.6 diesels rated at 90bhp and 110bhp.

Prices haven’t been announced but Citroen says they will be ‘competitive’, so we’d expect them to span from £11,000 up to £14,000.

Before this Picasso becomes available, Citroen plans to launch another MPV. This will be the Nemo Multispace, a budget offering based on the just-launched Nemo van. This slots into the bottom of Citrn’s MPV range, beneath its other van-based MPV, the Berlingo.

At the same time, sales will end of the previous-generation Berlingo Multispace.

Stephen Jury


October 27, 2008

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