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Mike Stevens | Jul 9, 2008

The more discerning among you will quickly pick out my clever C-3PO wordplay up there, while the rest of you will look at this sentence and be reminded of what an utter nerd I am.

Moving on! Citroën today unveiled a new addition to the Picasso range, the aptly named Citroën C3 Picasso—and moving is exactly what this stylish little people mover aims to do.

Citroën claims that the C3 Picasso—measuring 4.08 metres long, 1.73 metres wide and 1.62 metres tall—offers much more space inside than the deceptively petite exterior dimensions would imply.

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Visually, I'm impressed. For me, Citroën styling has long been a point of consternation. However, the latest generation has brought that one combination so painfully difficult to find in modern automotive design: originality and classy good looks. While the C4 and C6 are better examples of that than this new Picasso can claim to be, it's certainly a good—even somewhat rugged—looking car in its own right.

The C3 Picasso comes packing split-folding rear seats, which, with the ability to slide independently of each other, offer up a good combination of leg and luggage room. When more room is needed, the rear seats are easily folded away. For the odd one of you out there who might like to carry around a pair of stilts, the front passenger seat can be folded completely flat as well.

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Like the C4 Picasso, the C3 Picasso offers the occupants strong visibility courtesy of its three-part windscreen, which gives the car one of the largest glazed areas in its segment.

Little information is available on the engine options for the C3 Picasso, but Citroën says the European launch will detail two new-generation petrol blocks and—of course—two diesel options as well.

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There's also no word yet on an Aussie release, however Citroën have advised that they're currently studying the suitability of the C3 Picasso for the small and demanding Australian market.

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