The Citroen C4 Picasso’s bigger brother, the Grand Picasso has always been a good seller for the French car maker so they will be hoping that this latest generation hits the mark when it’s released in 2014. As with its predecessor, the new C4 Grand Picasso is 4590mm long so there’s loads of cabin space and entrance is made easy by the large sliding doors. But this generation has been made lighter than previous models and it comes with a range of more efficient, smaller capacity engines.
The environment and the economy have played a part in shaping the new car. It sits on the new EMP2 platform that’s used in the Peugeot 308 hatchback and Citroen C4 Picasso. It’s better engineered than previous platform so its stiffer and yet offers more cabin space. It’s also 110kg lighter. The power comes from a 1.6 litre petrol or diesel engine, the most refined engine in the range only produces 98g/km of CO2 so this is a seven-seater that doesn’t need road tax.
Inside the cabin is where an MPV is judged and the Grand Picasso doesn’t let itself down when you step inside. There is an additional 69 litres of boot space and Citroen is claiming class-leading legroom in the second and third row of seats. The cabin has a touchscreen-centric dashboard and 7inch or 12inch touchscreen displays are on hand for those sitting in the front seats.
There are stylish 18inch alloys to give the Grand Picasso a bit more appeal and, in keeping with the ethos of the latest generation MPV, they have been designed to cut drag.