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Tony O'Kane | Oct, 07 2014 | 9 Comments

Citroen Australia has confirmed that it will expand its range next year with the C4 Picasso, the smaller five-door version of the seven-seat Grand C4 Picasso that's already on sale here.

Expected to enter local showrooms in the first quarter of 2015, the C4 Picasso has a shorter wheelbase and shorter overall length than its "Grand" sibling, but preserves its front-end styling and futuristic dash design.

Joining it in the second half of the year will be Citroen's quirky C4 Cactus, a five-door small hatch that, Citroen hopes, will ignite interest in the brand and generate significant showroom traffic.

Year-to-date, Citroen has sold less than a thousand cars across its full model range.

Top of article: Picasso. Above: C4 Cactus.
Top of article: Picasso. Above: C4 Cactus.

The Grand C4 Picasso and Berlingo small commercial van are tied for first place, but at 197 sales apiece both are far from popular choices in their respective categories.

By contrast, corporate cousin Peugeot has sold over three times as many cars over the same period.

Adding the funky C4 Cactus and complementing the $43,990 Grand C4 Picasso with a more affordable five-seat variant should generate more sales for Citroen and assist it in snaring a larger slice of the people mover segment.

Meanwhile, the distinctive style and customisability (think MINI's approach to individualisation) of the Cactus should help attract a substantially younger demographic to the brand.

Above: the new C4 Picasso, junior to Australia's new Grand Picasso.
Above: the new C4 Picasso, junior to Australia's new Grand Picasso.

What can we expect to see?

It's too early to talk about pricing for either, but with the C4 Picasso (above) expected to be available with a 1.6 litre turbo petrol engine (rather than the diesel-only Grand C4 Picasso), a price tag around $35k would not be unreasonable.

And while the Grand C4 Picasso is currently only available in a single highly-featured trim level, its five-door counterpart could launch with a lower level of spec to bring it into the low $30k region, where it would battle the Kia Rondo.

The Cactus should be priced similarly to other small five-door hatches on the market, despite it being a style-driven product.

Measuring 4160mm long, 1480mm tall, 1730mm wide and sitting on a 2600mm wheelbase, the Cactus is slightly larger than a C3 light hatch, but smaller than the C4.

Expect it to be priced close to the C4, which starts at $20,990.

Available in the UK with naturally aspirated and turbocharged 1.2 litre three-cylinder petrol engines, and 1.6 litre turbo diesel engines, Australia-bound Cactuses (Cacti?) would likely make use of the 81kW turbo petrol engine only.

However with that engine only available with a five-speed manual in RHD, it remains to be seen what - if any - automatic options will be available to Australians.

ETG robotised manuals are available in Europe, but only on lower-output powertrains.

Expect to hear more about Citroen's plans for the C4 Picasso and C4 Cactus early next year.

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