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Citroen C4 Picasso promises to be most efficient MPV yet

Citroen has released images and details of the brand new C4 Picasso, which reveal the popular family wagon is set to be more economical, better equipped and more spacious than its predecessor.

The new Citroen C4 Picasso will use the EMP2 (Efficient Modular Platform 2) as a base. This allows the MPV to weigh the same as the smaller C3 Picasso, thanks to a reduction in weight of 140kg. 70kg of that comes from using a mixture of aluminium, steel and a composite rear floor and another 70kg from the use of an aluminium bonnet, among other things.

No family wagon would be right without lots of interior space and the new C4 Picasso delivers in this regard. Boot space has been increased from a plentiful 497 litres to 537 litres, and this can be extended to 630 litres by sliding the rear seats forward. The interior is bigger too, thanks to a 55mm longer wheelbase, allowing even the tallest of people to travel in comfort.

The Citroen C4 Picasso will be available with a range of engines, not least a new BlueHDI 150 diesel unit that uses a selective catalytic reduction module that helps keep NOx and CO2 emissions to a minimum. It spews just 110g/km of carbon dioxide, so road tax will be relatively low in comparison to the rest of the MPV class.

If you’re willing to sacrifice a bit more power, the highlight of the range is the e-HDi 90 Airdream, which emits just 98g/km and can achieve a whopping 74mpg when coupled with Citroen’s new ETG6 clutchless 6-speed manual gearbox.

With the exception of the HDi 90 manual, all engines come with Stop & Start technology for keeping the engine running only when needed.

On the inside, Citroen has made comfort, safety and entertainment an even bigger focus. There’s a 7-inch touchpad for controlling the dual-zone climate controller, navigation and other driving aids, and a 12-inch panoramic HD display for other important information such as navigation directions.

You also get 360 Vision to make parking easier (four cameras positioned around the car provide you with a birds-eye view of the space you are trying to sneak into) and Park Assist, which parallel parks the vehicle for you.

There’s no word on a price just yet but we can imagine it will loosely mimic that of the current C4 Picasso, which means somewhere in the region of £15,000 and upwards, depending on how many extras you want and what trim level you opt for.

The Citroen C4 hits showrooms in the summer of 2013.

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