2014 CITROEN C4 GRAND PICASSO
Is this the year of the people-mover?
Launching with just one $43,990 specification, the seven-seat C4 Grand Picasso is also loaded, importer Sime Darby says, with around $9000 in extra features.
The new Picasso's pricing drops it into the middle of the people-mover market, surrounded by the new $39,990 Honda Odyssey and the ageing $44-990 Grand Carnival, along with the $36,990 Peugeot 5008.
Citroen will be looking to the Picasso's new look, Euro appeal and abundant features to win buyers away from its rivals (and Peugeot stablemate).
“We’ve very excited to introduce the all New Grand C4 Picasso in Australia. It’s a people mover that drives like a car and looks very stylish, But it’s also supremely practical with ample space, high levels of safety and technology,” Citroen Australia’s Manuel Tyras said.
Power is provided by PSA Peugeot Citroen’s BlueHDi diesel engine, producing 110kW and 370Nm - the latter available from 2000rpm to 2500rpm.
By comparison, the outgoing model offered more power at 120kW, but less torque at 340Nm.
The new diesel unit is mated to a six-speed auto, with fuel consumption listed at a low 4.5 l/100km - compared to 6.8 l/100km for the previous model.
For those somehow curious, Citroen promises a 0-100km/h time of 10.2 seconds in the new Picasso, again bettering the 10.6 run of its predecessor.
FEATURES & DIMENSIONS
Features of the Australian C4 Grand Picasso, pegged at Citroen's familiar 'Exclusive' trim grade, include 17-inch alloy wheels, fabric seats, dual-zone auto climate control, second-row vents, keyless entry and start, and a panoramic glass roof with electric blind.
In the dash is a 12-inch panoramic display screen for navigation and parking camera, and Bluetooth/USB/iPhone connectivity is also include.
A smaller seven-inch touchscreen also has on-screen displays for the larger display's features, along with climate control and other options.
There's also cruise control with speed limiter, leather steering wheel with audio switches, auto headlights and wipers, and electronic park brake, auto dipping mirrors for reversing.
Safety features include six airbags, auto hazard lights, ESC, ABS, electronic brake-force distribution, hill-start assist, parking sensors front and rear, 360-degree parking camera, auto park assist, and blind-spot monitoring.
A $2000 Drive Assist Pack adds lane departure warning, anti-collision warning, adaptive cruise control, active seat belts, and smart high-beam. There's also a $1000 electric tailgate.
The 2014 Grand C4 Picasso boasts the same external dimensions as its predecessor, but is 50mm lower and has a 55mm longer wheelbase at 2840mm.
Storage space, with five of the seven seats in place, is listed at 645 litres, and Citroen quotes an 1170mm space between the rear wheel arches.
With the front seat folded flat, it also makes a handy cargo carrier able to accept a load up to a sizeable 2.75m in length.
Citroen also claims the 2014 Grand C4 Picasso has the most accessible third row in its segment, as well as the longest travel for its sliding second-row bench.
PRICING (excludes on-road costs)
2014 Citroen C4 Grand Picasso Exclusive - $43,990