New Citroën Grand C4 Picasso Revealed
Citroën has unveiled the first images of the new Grand C4 Picasso. The seven-seater car is based on the Efficient Modular Platform 2 (EMP2), which is also used by the five-seat C4 Picasso.
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, amongst other things, an extra 69-litres of useable load space and over 700-litres with the second-row seats set in their forward position.
The new architecture also reduces the front overhang by 11.6cm, making it the shortest in the class. Additionally, the engine bay and floor are lower (by 50mm for the engine and 20mm for the floor), and the tracks wider (by 82mm at the front and 31mm at the rear).
The new design is 100kg lighter than its predecessor, resulting in better fuel efficiency (the weight of selected e-HDi 115 versions 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 further incorporates the use of new materials – including an aluminium bonnet and composite tailgate – to reduce the overall weight by a further 40kg.
The reduced mass, better aerodynamics and improved engine range cut fuel consumption and CO2 emissions – on average by 30g/km compared to its predecessor, says Citroën.
At present, the French car maker has released details of only three diesel engines; though one petrol option will be available at launch. The most conserving is the entry-level e-HDi 90 Airdream engine, which emits 98g/km and achieves 74.3mpg.
The e-HDi 115, which manages 70.6mpg while emitting 105g/km of CO2, is expected to be the most popular choice among Citroën’s customer drivers.
A BlueHDi 150 engine, which complies with the Euro 6 standard as a result of its Selective Catalytic Reduction, which Citroën claims can reduce NOx emissions by up to 90 per cent, is also available and has a CO2 emissions figure of 10g/km.
All engines are available with Citroën’s six-speed clutchless manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic version.