Citroen Grand C4 Picasso - First Details And Specification

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Motoring journalists are nothing if not consistent in their use of certain terms.

One of those we hold most dear is "concept car looks" - i.e, styling that appears to have come straight from the motor show turntables without so much as a tweak hither or thither.

Of course, the reason many cars display this trait is because their designs are signed off years before production starts, and stylists display mildly enhanced concept vehicles in the interim which bear resemblance to the as-yet-unseen production vehicle. When the car eventually emerges, we all get to use that well-trodden term.

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso rear

So what you see here is not a productionised Citroen Technospace concept (google it!), but actually what the Grand C4 Picasso was going to look like all along.

It does look great though, just like its five-seat Picasso brother. It also features lightweight engineering - the Grand is around 110 kg lighter than its forebear - and efficient engines, the cleanest of which dips under the all-important 100 g/km CO2 barrier.

That particular engine is the e-HDI 90 Airdream diesel, with a six-speed automated manual gearbox and combined economy of 74.3 mpg.

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso interior

The diesel range swells with several other models well within the 60-70 mpg range, including the Euro 6 emissions-compliant BlueHDi model.

Inside you get five regular seats and two folding pews which emerge from the boot floor when required. Fold them all down, including the front passenger seat, and it'll accommodate loads of up to 2.75 metres long. Citroen promises the rearmost row is the most accessible in the segment.

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso boot

Technology is high on the agenda too, with a 7-inch touchscreen to control interior functions joined by a huge 12-inch panoramic HD screen, showing "essential driving information".

Keyless entry, 360-degree cameras, Park Assist and an electric tailgate should all make light work of some of driving's tougher chores.

Priced from: Not yet announced
Available from: Not yet announced

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In the end, families don't really care whether their car has concept car looks, a concept car was inspired by their daily wheels or the thing has never been near a motor show in its life.

All that actually matters is that the poor lump of metal is able to suffer their daily abuse in the most usable, practical and simplest way possible. With class-leading space, efficient engines and a host of useful equipment features, the Grand C4 Picasso should do just that. The concept car-style looks are just a bonus...

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