Citroën’s all-new Grand C4 Picasso is stopping traffic, writes Helen Goltz.

The days of the people mover being a clunky, oversized van are over – introducing Citroën’s Grand C4 Picasso, with its fluid surfaces, sharp lines and sleek body – there’s a new kid in town.

The French sense of style shines through in the design—perhaps why it is named Picasso. Claiming Picasso as their own, the French might have overlooked that the artist was born in Spain but died in France, so we can give them a little leeway – but nothing has been overlooked in this ‘green’ vehicle.

It has made automotive history – being the first diesel car ever to be awarded a ‘five-star diesel vehicle’ by the Green Vehicle Guide and it is the first Citroën vehicle in Australia to use the new Efficient Modular Platform 2 (EMP2).

The new BlueHDi engine sharply reduces NOx emissions (by 90 per cent) while cutting CO² emissions through the use of a new Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system. The system eliminates carbon monoxide (CO), unburned hydrocarbons (HC) nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulates using a three-step system.

Now if being green doesn’t excite you, then how about this – the roomy seven-seater has catered for comfort and well-being. It offers: Stop & Start technology; features a 360 degree camera as standard along with self-parking, blind spot monitoring and tyre pressure monitoring all as standard. It also includes a 12-inch panoramic HD screen plus 7-inch Multifunction touch screen. Very nice.

And if you are sometimes driving challenged, the Picasso’s Drive Assist Pack option includes active seat belts, lane departure warning system, active cruise control, anticollision warning system and smart beam function.

The Citroën Grand C4 Picasso arrives on our shores boasting comfort features, impressive use of technology and approximately $9000 in additional value over its predecessor. That’s got to make fans of the Citroën happy.

The wheelbase for the latest model is stretched 11cm to 2.84m while keeping the same length as the previous model – 4.6m. The overall weight has dropped by a significant and impressive 100 kilograms compared with the previous model which contributes to lower fuel consumption.

In Australia, the seven-seat Grand C4 Picasso is available in one trim level– Exclusive – and with one engine and gearbox combination. The Grand C4 Picasso has already won three top awards and is also a finalist in the World Car of the Year awards.
That speaks for itself.

Citroën’s Grand C4 Picasso pricing and specifications

Price: $43,990 plus on-road and dealer costs.
Engine: 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel
Power: 110kW at 4000rpm
Torque: 370Nm between 2000 and 2500rpm
Transmission: 6-speed auto, FWD
Fuel consumption: 4.5L/100km CO2 emissions of 117g/km