Citroën will be premiering the C4 Picasso – its new compact MPV – at the 2006 Paris Motor Show. Set to reach showrooms in France from October 2006, the new vehicle will arrive in most other European countries during the last quarter of the year.
With the C4 Picasso and the Xsara Picasso, a vehicle that continues to pursue a successful market career, Citroën now offers two MPVs that are quite distinct in terms of both styling and features. With its extensive glass area and vast modular cabin, the C4 Picasso becomes the first ‘visiospace’.
The unique styling, driveability and original features of the C4 Picasso contribute to a comfortable and highly enjoyable ride. This new MPV can carry up to seven people in comfort. All vehicle functions have been designed to ensure an easy, pleasant and relaxed journey.
Right from the first level of trim, the C4 Picasso boasts new features for on-board comfort, along with driving aids and safety functions. Close attention has also been paid to the perceived quality of the passenger compartment. The prestige interior materials are pleasant to touch; the chrome and gloss black are pleasant on the eye; the paintwork is smooth; and the grain of the dashboard and door panels is exceptionally fine.
Four responsive, high-performance engines are available from launch, two petrol: the 1.8i 16V and 2.0i 16V developing 127 bhp and 143 bhp DIN, and two diesel: the HDi 110 DPFS and HDi 138 DPFS. All engines meet Euro IV standards, and the two diesel units are equipped with a particulate filter as standard. Depending on the market, the engines are available with a wide choice of transmissions: manual, automatic or the new 6-speed electronic gearbox system.
With its strong personality, its dimensions (4.59 m long, 1.83 m wide and 1.66 m high) and its attractive features, the C4 Picasso is a natural extension to Citroën’s MPV range. The line-up now comprises three distinct and complementary vehicles: the compact Xsara Picasso and C4 Picasso, and a large MPV, the C8.
A NEW BODY STYLE OF DYNAMIC AND HARMONIOUS LINES
With its fluid, dynamic styling and extensive use of glass, the C4 Picasso possesses a strong personality and unique character The harmonious vehicle volumes, enhanced by the cleanly drawn body lines, convey an impression of power. The flowing design contributes to an aerodynamic performance that is outstanding for this segment (Cd of 0.31 and Cd.A of 0.82).
The wide-angle panoramic windscreen, set well to the front, highlights the innovative character of the C4 Picasso ‘visiospace’ and catches the observer’s eye, as do the large quarter-lights. At the same time, the strongly shaped headlamps, underlined by the indicators, give the car character. The determined look of the front end is accentuated by a wide chevron badge with angled chrome strips extending up to the headlamps. This design signature, reflecting that of the C4, C5 and C6, identifies the car as a member of the Citroën family.
Viewed from the side, the large windows are underpinned by the dynamic waist line and the marked break in rear quarter-light design. At the rear, the absence of body-coloured C-pillars creates the impression of an extended window line. The roof flows seamlessly from the windscreen to the rear deflector in a single line.
The rear lights are another distinctive feature on the C4 Picasso. They constitute a unique visual signature through their shape, and the sizing of their lines of light.
EXCEPTIONAL VISIBILITY AND CLARITY
A true ‘visiospace’, the C4 Picasso boasts an exceptionally large glass area, providing an outstanding field of vision for all the occupants. This visibility enhances driveability while also making a valuable contribution to safety. It considerably reduces the front three-quarter blind spot by doubling the angle of visibility at the front and providing the best side and rear three-quarter vision in its segment.
Exceptional visibility from all angles
A wide-angle panoramic windscreen that doubles visibility in front of the vehicle
The C4 Picasso is the first production model to feature as standard a wide-angle panoramic windscreen that doubles visibility in front of the vehicle. The angle of vertical visibility (from the lowest point to the highest point of the windscreen) is 70°, compared with just 35° in a conventional MPV. To free up the field of vision, the roof cross-member has been pushed back by more than 30 cm compared with an average compact MPV, without compromising the stiffness of the body structure. The wide-angle panoramic windscreen is accompanied by innovative sliding sunblinds.
Best front three-quarter visibility in its category
The C4 Picasso also boasts the best front three-quarter visibility in its category with the largest quarter-lights (each with an area of 12 dm²) ever seen on a compact MPV to date, and narrow windscreen pillars. This outstanding visibility enhances driveability while also making a valuable contribution to safety by considerably reducing the front three-quarter blind spot.
Best side visibility
In each row, the C4 Picasso boasts the best side visibility in the compact MPV segment: 65° in row 1, 78° in row 2 and 38° in row 3. This outstanding side visibility reinforces the impression of space and of access to the outside world.
Best rear three-quarter visibility
The C4 Picasso also has the largest rear quarter-light in its category (more than 20 dm²), providing excellent side visibility for the passengers in row 3. The C4 Picasso thus boasts the best rear three-quarter visibility in its segment, a valuable asset for manoeuvring.
A cabin bathed in light
Biggest glazed area in its segment
The C4 Picasso boasts the largest glazed area in the compact MPV market: 5.2 m² without the panoramic glass sunroof and 6.4 m² with it. As well as providing extensive visibility for all passengers, the wide-angle panoramic windscreen, quarter-lights and generously sized side windows let the light flood into the cabin.
Largest panoramic sunroof in its category
The C4 Picasso can also be fitted with a tinted panoramic sunroof – the largest in its category (1.04 m). This feature creates exceptional visibility and light for all the passengers.
Original lighting to create a friendly atmosphere and enhance on-board comfort
Lighting is another distinctive feature on the C4 Picasso. The cabin boasts no fewer than 32 sources of light, designed to create a warm atmosphere and make day-to-day travelling easier.
Warm ambience lighting
Whether natural or artificial, light is an integral part of the C4 Picasso. Particular attention was given to night lighting. A host of original light sources create a warm, pleasant ambience. Light guides under the central fascia strip, in the door panels and in the roof diffuse a soft indirect light that can be adjusted using a button on the bottom part of the dashboard. The cabin also features small LEDs in the door-opening controls and the front roof light.
An original central screen with a customised colour scheme and data display
Driving and comfort information is grouped on a single screen in the centre of the dashboard, thus limiting the number of display areas. Depending on the level of trim, the screen features a customised colour scheme and data display The driver chooses the information to be displayed using the controls next to the screen, or the customisation key on the fixed-centred controls steering wheel. The background of the screen is yellow or, depending on the level of trim, two-tone, with five possible colour settings. To adapt the level of lighting to all situations, the brightness can be adjusted by night as well as by day – a new feature – using two independent setting tables. In this way, the screen is always legible.
New lighting for day-to-day driving
For greater on-board comfort, conventional light sources are backed up by other lighting functions:
– Reading lights are provided on the backs of the front seats. Passengers simply fold down the aircraft-style tray and switch on.
– To make it easier to find things, the stowage compartments in the door panels light up automatically as soon as the passenger stretches out a hand.
– Another new feature is the rechargeable lamp in the boot. It is used both as a boot-light and a hand-held torch. The torch has around 40 minutes of power. It recharges as soon as it is replaced in its support and the car starts moving.
– Outside the car, automatic side lights positioned under the rearview mirrors make it easier to get in and out of the car at night. This feature provides effective lighting, whether the rearview mirrors are folded or not. The lights cover a broad area, primarily the areas facing the passenger and driver doors, and more generally, the sides of the vehicle. These side lights can be integrated with the automatic guide-me-home lights that can be switched on (or off) through the onboard computer. They can also be included with the distance lighting.
STANDARD-SETTING INTERIOR SPACE
A perfect ‘visiospace’, the C4 Picasso is exceptionally spacious. Its architecture and dimensions (4.59 m long, 1.83 m wide and 1.66 m high) make for a roomy interior.
Roomy front compartment
The new layout of the driving position and the uncluttered dashboard create a sensation of increased space and comfort.
Innovative driving position
The driving position, associated with the new 6-speed electronic gearbox system or automatic transmission, completely frees up the centre of the dashboard by grouping the gearbox controls on the steering wheel. This layout completely does away with the central console, which traditionally houses the gearbox controls. The controls are now steering wheel-mounted, with a mode selector and gearshift paddles. Built into the steering column, they adapt to adjustments for height and reach. These upgrades free up space for a large cooled central stowage compartment.
o A fixed-centred controls steering wheel
Like the C4, the C4 Picasso is fitted as standard with a fixed-centred controls steering wheel, adjustable for height and reach. The fixed hub brings the main comfort functions and driving aids within easy reach of the driver. This ergonomic feature groups the controls for easy use.
Automatic electric parking brake
The automatic electric parking brake with fascia-mounted controls does away with the mechanical hand brake between the front seats.
Air-conditioning controls at either end of the dashboard
The air conditioning uses new exchangers and is therefore more compact in size. The controls are placed at either end of the dashboard – within direct reach of the occupants – thus freeing up the central console.
Remarkable interior space to carry up to seven passengers in comfortThe three rows of seats can comfortably accommodate up to seven passengers.
– The C4 Picasso offers class-leading elbow room for all three rows of seats (1.51 m at the front, 1.49 m in row 2, 1.16 m in row 3).
– The space between the front seats is larger than on any other vehicle in this segment, making it easier for occupants in the front and rear to communicate with each other. It also provides greater visibility for the occupant of the second-row middle seat, who can enjoy the view through the panoramic windscreen.
– The front seats slide over a distance of 21 cm. Like the driver, the front passenger can raise the seat by up to 50 mm.
Raising the seat changes the height from a hatchback-level driving position (height of 32.5 cm) to a high driving position (up to 37.5 cm).
– The C4 Picasso also gains one of the key features of the Xsara Picasso: three seats of the same width (45 cm) in row 2. As a result, the central passenger is not squeezed between two passengers settled in wider side seats. The other advantage is that a child seat can be installed in the middle. The three seats in row 2 each feature fore-and-aft adjustment over 13 cm and a comfort position with seatback and cushion adjustment.
– Another strong feature carried over from the Xsara Picasso is the flat floor pan in row 2. This provides greater comfort and ease of movement for the three passengers, particularly the one in the middle.
– Leg room in the second row is more generous than in any other vehicle in the category (between 70 cm and 95 cm depending on the position of the front seat).
– A third row of seats provides space for two more adult passengers. The hollowed out floor increases leg room on this row, for greater overall comfort.
INGENIOUS CABIN LAYOUT
Quick and easy reconfiguration
The C4 Picasso’s modular design allows the interior layout to be reconfigured quickly and easily, while keeping all the seats inside the vehicle. The vehicle meets a full range of passenger requirements with up to seven seats that can be arranged in many and varied configurations.
– The second row of seats can be folded away in a single movement without removing the headrests, simply by pulling the strap on the side of the backrest.
– The third row of seats can also be folded away easily without removing the headrests, by pulling the strap at the bottom of the backrest.
– With the seats folded away, the continuous, flat loading space stretches from the boot to the back of the front seats.
– In the third row, the original seat design provides easy access. The cushions of the second-row side seats are automatically lifted towards the seat back, much like a cinema seat, when the driver presses a control at the top of the seat back. The seats then slide up against the front seat-backs in a single movement, freeing up maximum space to access the third row.
Generously sized boot of clever design
The remarkable roominess of the C4 Picasso does not detract from the size of the boot. The amount of boot space depends on the interior layout.
Largest boot volumes in the segment
In the most common configuration, a 5-seat layout with row-three seats folded away and row-two seats pushed right back, the volume beneath the luggage cover is the largest in its category at 576 litres VDA. When all the seats are folded away, the maximum capacity is 1,951 litres VDA.
– The C4 Picasso also boasts the widest distance between wheel arches in its category, at 1.17 m. This width remains the same along the entire length of the boot, thus making it easier to transport wide, rectangular objects.
– The load length of 1.03 m can reach 2.06 m if the front passenger seat is pushed forward to the maximum extent.
– The 52 cm space under the luggage cover is also the best in the category, allowing the occupants to hide relatively large objects from prying eyes.
Easy and convenient use
With its ingenious layout, the boot is easy and convenient to use.
Thanks to the opening rear window available on the C4 Picasso, the boot can be comfortably loaded right up to the roof and can be easily accessed even when the vehicle is parked in a tight space.
– A load restraint net lets the driver maximise the load volume, without compromising passenger safety. It can be installed behind the first or second row of seats, over the entire height of the vehicle, between the folded seats and the roof.
In the seven-seater layout, boot storage space is increased by a number of clever features, including deep, closed compartments with a capacity of 80 litres positioned under the third-row seats. Boot height can be increased by raising the floor sections that close these compartments. These sections then serve as luggage restraints.
– A stowage net can be arranged in a wide range of configurations (flat on the floor, under the luggage cover, etc.) using the eight hooks provided in the boot.
– In a seven-seater layout, the luggage-cover roller can be stored vertically behind the third row of seats. Also, the blind can be deployed vertically, to isolate the boot from the cabin and prevent people looking in.
Useful and convenient stowage compartments
Alongside the conventional stowage space provided in the door inner panels, the cabin features an array of cleverly designed stowage compartments.
The innovative driving position associated with the 6-speed electronic gearbox system and automatic transmission, creates space for four large-capacity compartments on the dashboard. The lower central part of the dashboard features a cooled compartment to keep products at a low temperature, including when the air conditioning blows hot air into the cabin. This generously sized compartment (5.4 l) can store, for example, one 1.5 l bottle and two 0.5 l bottles. The lid of this compartment includes two can-holders and a small tray.
The backrests of the first row of seats are fitted with new aircraft-style trays that can be put to use by passengers at the rear for various objects (a computer, drinks, toys, etc.) . The trays are styled to suit the shape of the seatback, without sacrificing knee room for second-row passengers. They fold downwards into a hollow space provided at knee level.
A stowage net is also provided on the back of each front seat.
Additional stowage compartments are also available (depending on the trim level and equipment): a low console between the front seats, and stowage compartments under the front seats, under the floor in row 2, behind row 2 and row 3, under the armrest in row 3, in the sides of the boot pillars, etc.
ORIGINAL FEATURES FOR THE COMFORT
OF ALL VEHICLE PASSENGERS
Vehicle comfort depends on a complex mix of attributes. The C4 Picasso caters for the well-being of all the occupants by giving great attention to each one. Particular thought was given to suspension comfort and to the interior ambience, in terms of noise, temperature, odour and touch.
Class-beating suspension comfort
Suspension quality – a constant priority for Citroën – is outstanding on all versions of the C4 Picasso. Depending on the level of trim, this metal suspension can be associated with a pneumatic suspension at the rear.
Rear pneumatic suspension: a first in this segment
Depending on the level of trim, the rear axle can be fitted with a pneumatic suspension system delivering a number of additional benefits:
– It enhances passenger comfort, by making the suspension smoother and damping the force applied to the vehicle over irregular road surfaces.
– It also maintains a stable vehicle attitude, irrespective of the load. Comfort, driving pleasure and, in consequence, safety are thus maintained, regardless of load.
– Rear pneumatic suspension also makes it possible to lower or raise the boot sill, when the car is stationary, making it easier to load heavy or large objects. The driver simply presses a button in the boot, keeping it pressed down for the required time. The system emits a sound signal while the sill is being raised/lowered. In this way, the height of the boot can vary by between 50 and 64 cm with respect to the ground. Once objects have been loaded, the sill can be returned to its original position in two ways: automatically, when the car starts and is moving at a speed of over 10 kph, or manually, by pressing the button twice. The boot also includes a button to disable the function. This will block the suspension when a wheel is being changed, for example.
The pneumatic suspension system comprises:
– an ECU,
– an ‘air-supply’ unit with a compressor and three solenoid valves,
– two height sensors,
– two pneumatic cushions.
The height sensors measure the distance with respect to the stop. If they detect a change in distance, i.e. a change in vehicle height, they report it to the ECU. The ECU then orders the compressor to correct the deviation and return the vehicle to the right height. If the vehicle is too low, the solenoid valves that control the air flow will open and send air to the pneumatic cushions. The cushions then expand to return the vehicle to the correct height, re-establishing the correct distance with respect to the stop.
The system can also let air out in order to cope with a lightening in the load. The information is conveyed in the same way, but the solenoid valve draws air out of the pneumatic cushions instead of pumping it in.
The height sensors function independently to measure what is happening on both sides of the vehicle. The solenoid valves are managed independently, enabling a finely tuned adjustment of vehicle height on both sides.
For safety reasons, the automatic height correction function is disabled when a door is open.
Excellent thermal comfort
A new air conditioning system has been developed for the C4 Picasso, taking into account the specific characteristics of this vehicle (large interior volume and extensive glass area).
Four-zone automatic air conditioning
The C4 Picasso can be equipped with automatic four-zone air conditioning with individual air-flow controls placed mid-height on the left and right pillars in row two.
Cabin ventilation with the engine off (‘rest’ function)
The ‘rest’ function on the C4 Picasso keeps the ventilation running with the engine off during short stops (up to eight minutes, depending on the battery charge). This function, associated with the automatic air conditioning, is activated using a button on the driver’s air conditioning control panel. It is available when the engine is switched on and off (for 30 seconds after cut-out).
An additional air conditioning unit
The C4 Picasso is also the only compact MPV to feature an additional air conditioning unit (depending on the market), sending air to the second and third rows and also to the boot. With this system, passengers in row 2 can also adjust the temperature, using a special control panel with a screen. The ducts then send air to row 3, which is fitted with air vents, and to the boot.
A new additional heating system
Depending on the market, the C4 Picasso can also be fitted with an additional heating system, to cope with the cold. On diesel versions, this system also recovers exhaust heat. This additional heating increases the cabin temperature more quickly and speeds up defrosting when the weather is particularly cold. Designed to respect the environment, this innovative system recovers the heat released by the exhaust using a water circuit wrapped around the exhaust system.
Top-level acoustic comfort
Right from the start of vehicle design, particular emphasis was placed on providing outstanding acoustic and vibration control on board the C4 Picasso.
The structure is designed to minimise panel resonance, this being the main source of cabin boom. Each panel is stamped in such a way as to limit deformation. Some panels also undergo damping treatment, particularly for box sections. At the same time, the laminated windscreen undergoes acoustic treatment as standard.
Innovative use of structural inserts
The innovative use of structural inserts (composite assemblies made of polyamide and structural foam) in the main nodes of the vehicle body prevent the deformation of box sections and thus improve vibration control by reinforcing body stiffness.
New hydraulic mounts on the rear axle bushes
New front hydraulic mounts on the rear axle bushes limit road noise and impact noise when driving over obstacles.
The engine compartment also gains particularly effective sound-proofing particularly for the dash cowl.
Laminated side windows: a feature new to this segment
Alongside the acoustic windscreen, fitted as standard, the C4 Picasso is also available with laminated, acoustic side windows (optional), a feature new to this segment. Laminated windows contribute to filtering out wind noise and exterior noise to provide high-level acoustic comfort.
Wind noise is also minimised by the flowing design lines of the vehicle body, combined with the double-seal barrier on the doors and the acoustic windscreen.
Air quality and pleasant scents
Particular emphasis was also placed on odour-exclusion comfort, in order to maintain air quality in the cabin and create a pleasant fragrance.
Air quality sensor
A pollutant sensor located upstream of the cabin air intake monitors the quality of the air outside the car. If necessary, it closes the air intake flap and automatically activates the air recycling function. This system, fitted as standard depending on the level of trim, detects high levels of pollution outside the vehicle and prevents pollutants from entering the cabin.
o The scented air freshener
As on the C4, the C4 Picasso features a scented air freshener, fitted as standard depending on the level of trim. Styled to match the interior, the system diffuses a pleasant, subtle fragrance in the cabin through two central air vents. It is controlled by a knob, allowing the driver to adjust the intensity of the fragrance or to switch the system off.
A wide choice of fragrances allow all users to find a scent to suit. Two new fragrances have been developed specially for the C4 Picasso: Island Mango and an anti-tobacco fragrance with an active ingredient to trap odours.
Efficient and original protection from the sun
As the roof cross-member has been moved back behind the heads of the front passengers, Citroën had to redesign the sunblind system. To do this, it took its inspiration from the aerospace industry and high-speed trains.
The two sliding driver and passenger sunblinds are completely independent. Each one comprises a blind with a sun visor at the end. Each user can choose the position of his/her sunblind. Wrapped around the roof cross-member, the blinds slide manually along a central rail (separate from the windscreen) and a side rail (fully integrated with the roof). The blinds can be adjusted to a multitude of positions, since they can be stopped at any point on the rails.
The two blinds are completely opaque in order to block out the light. Protection is as efficient as with a steel roof. When the blinds are fully open, the windscreen size and visibility are equivalent to those of a conventional MPV.
A conventional sun visor is installed on the end of each blind, to complete the protection system. Of large dimensions, the visor can be folded in the usual way (towards the front and to the side). It is equipped with a courtesy mirror and card-holder.
Depending on the level of trim, the windscreen is heat-reflecting to improve heat insulation and provide greater protection against solar radiation.
A one-touch electric shutter blind
The C4 Picasso is also the only compact MPV to offer a one-touch electric shutter blind associated with the panoramic sunroof. This shutter blind provides a level of heat insulation close to that of a conventional roof. The electric controls at the front make for easy manoeuvring. Nine positions are available at the touch of a button, along with an anti-pinch function. When the car is parked in the sun, the driver keeps a finger on the remote control button to automatically close the blind when the car is locked.
Tinted windows and sunblinds at the rear
Along with the standard tinted rear window, the second row windows and quarter-lights can also be tinted. Unlike conventional tinting, this system of window tinting reduces the temperature at the rear of the vehicle and provides protection against glare. With or without the tinting, these windows can also be fitted with retractable sunblinds – standard or optional depending on the level of trim and market. The rollers are integrated with the window surrounds in the second row, with the panel mouldings in the third row, and with the lining of the tailgate. These curtains filter out the light while providing a clear view of the outside. They significantly improve the comfort of rear passengers while protecting them from the sun.
Hi-fi pack and video pack
For an even more enjoyable journey, an optional hi-fi pack and video pack are also available.
The C4 Picasso is the only compact MPV to offer a complete hi-fi system. Developed in association with Philips, this hi-fi system provides high-level acoustic performance. The acoustic tuning was specially designed and configured for the cabin of the C4 Picasso.
The hi-fi pack comprises eight specially designed loudspeakers placed around the cabin, a powerful digital amplifier and a subwoofer. It is also able to read MP3-format CDs.
The video pack comprises two independent video screens and a DVD drive with a double connection plate located in a specially designed console. The rake-adjustable screens at the top of the first-row backrests retract behind the aircraft-style trays. They are thus completely invisible from outside the car, and protected when not in use. The two connection plates each comprise three inputs (two audio inputs and one video) allowing auxiliary systems to be connected (games consoles, digital camcorders, etc.). Two wireless headsets with a channel switch function let the user change from one screen to the other.
EQUIPMENT TO SIMPLIFY DAY-TO-DAY DRIVING
Driving aids that are new to or rarely seen in this segment
C4 Picasso features a range of driving aids that are unique or rare in this segment and make for a safer, more comfortable and more relaxed drive.
Automatic electric parking brake (standard)
The automatic electric, parking brake, which is fitted as standard with all gearbox versions, improves both comfort and safety. The brake is automatically applied when the engine stops. An ECU works with the ESP to calculate the force required to immobilise the vehicle depending on the gradient of the road. The system includes a continuous monitoring function to readjust the brakeforce when, for example, the vehicle is loaded on a slope or the temperature changes significantly. The parking brake is automatically released as soon as the torque applied to the drive wheels is sufficient to move the vehicle forwards.
The application and release of the brake is totally transparent to the driver. A message is displayed on the multifunction screen and a backlit ‘P’ appears for 30 seconds on the instrument cluster and the brake control.
An electric control, located within easy reach of the driver in the middle of the dashboard, can be used to apply the parking brake in a conventional manner whenever necessary. When the vehicle is stationary with the engine running, for example, it can be immobilised simply by pulling the control paddle. The brake is always released automatically, providing valuable assistance to the driver when starting or manoeuvring on gradients.
The automatic braking and release functions can be disabled using the multifunction screen, without deactivating hill start assistance. A yellow indicator light on the control cluster lights up when the engine is started and remains on until the engine stops, reminds the driver that the automatic parking brake function has been switched off. The automatic parking brake function can be switched off in the severe weather conditions encountered, for example, in cold regions, where the parking brake may become jammed as a result of water freezing in the brake callipers.
For safety reasons, the electric parking brake can only be released manually when the driver’s foot is on the brake pedal.
Hill start assistance (standard)
In addition to the automatic parking brake, C4 Picasso is also fitted with a hill start assistance function that helps the driver to set off or manœuvre on gradients. This function is standard with all gearbox versions. When the brake pedal is released, the ESP automatically maintains the vehicle in position for up to two seconds so that the driver has the time to move a foot from the brake to the accelerator, without the vehicle moving forwards or backwards down the slope. Hill start assistance is active on gradients of 3% or more (facing up the hill in forward gear or facing down in reverse).
A parking space measurement system
C4 Picasso is the first vehicle on the market to feature a parking space measurement system (depending on the level of trim). This function helps the driver find a place to park by informing him/her whether the available space is big enough for the vehicle and even indicating the degree of difficulty of the parking manoeuvre. The system uses two ultrasonic sensors located at either end of the front bumper.
1) The driver simply presses the ‘P’ pushbutton on the fixed-centred controls steering wheel.
2) He/she then switches on the left or right indicator light to tell the system the side on which it must measure the available spaces.
3) The driver then simply drives along the row of parked vehicles at a speed of less than 20 kph. The measurement is interrupted when the front of the vehicle progresses beyond the end of an empty space. Spaces measuring less than 4 meters or more than 7 meters are ignored. A message appears on the multifunction screen accompanied by an audible ‘beep’ informing the driver whether the parking manoeuvre is possible, difficult or inadvisable.
This function can be disabled:
– manually, by again pressing the space measurement button on the steering wheel,
– automatically, when reverse gear is engaged,
– after five minutes if no measurements are requested,
– if vehicle speed exceeds 70 kph for one minute,
– when the ignition is switched off.
The function is not disabled when vehicle speed temporarily exceeds 20 kph. Further measurements can be made as soon as the vehicle slows down to less than 20 kph again.
Front and rear parking assistance
The parking space measurement system supplements the front and rear parking aids, which are particularly useful to drivers.
Sensors located in the front and rear bumpers detect any obstacles close to the vehicle. Audible bleeps from the loudspeakers and a representation of the parking manoeuvre on the central dashboard screen provide drivers with precise information on the presence and proximity of obstacles in the detection zone.
Lane departure warning system (LDWS)
Like the C4, C5 and C6, the C4 Picasso can be fitted with an LDWS, one of the first systems to address the issue of drowsiness at the wheel.
When activated, this driver aid warns drivers of an accidental lane change, if the vehicle crosses a road marking, with the indicator off. The system functions on motorways or fast roads at speeds of more than 80 kph.
Drivers are alerted by a vibrating system in the seat cushion on the side corresponding to the direction of vehicle drift. They can then take corrective action.
Xenon dual-function directional headlamps
The C4 Picasso can be fitted with Xenon dual-function directional headlamps that improve visibility when cornering.
These smart headlights include an elliptical bi-Xenon directional module, active in full-beam and low-beam modes, that provides clear vision at night or in poor weather. These headlights allow drivers to view the road more clearly and to see other users and obstacles sooner. This is an important advantage in terms of safety since, at a speed of 110 kph, the car covers more than 30 meters every second.
Cruise control and speed limiter (standard)
The range of comfort and safety equipment fitted on the C4 Picasso also includes speed limiter and cruise control functions, which are now widely available across the Citroën range.
Cruise control regulates vehicle speed at a pre-set value, without the driver pressing the accelerator pedal.
The speed limiter prevents the vehicle from exceeding a given speed that is set by the driver. He/she can temporarily exceed this speed when required, using the accelerator kick-down function.
For both the standard cruise control and speed limiter on the C4 Picasso, the driver programmes the speed settings using a simple function on the fixed-centred controls steering wheel. The settings and the status (on/off) of both systems are displayed on the central screen on the dashboard.
Tyre pressure monitor
The safety features available on the C4 Picasso are further enhanced by the tyre pressure monitor already available in C4, C5, C8 and C6, which measures the pressure of each tyre. All the tyres are equipped with a pressure sensor and transmitter that send data to the central ECU.
When the pressure in one of the tyres drops below the pre-set value, the driver is immediately informed by an audible warning and a message on the central display. In the event of a puncture, a ‘Stop’ light also comes on. In this way, the system detects low tyre pressure that could affect vehicle stability, jeopardising the safety of the vehicle’s occupants.
The system also encourages drivers to keep the tyres at the right pressure, thereby reducing road noise, fuel consumption and tyre wear.
‘Bluetooth’ hands-free telephone system
The C4 Picasso can be equipped with a ‘Bluetooth’ hands-free telephone system, enabling drivers to make calls without taking their eyes off the road or their hands off the wheel.
This wireless technology is built into the passenger compartment so that drivers can make calls from their vehicle, with their mobile phones safely in their pockets. The system features easy-to-use steering wheel controls and a microphone built into the ceiling. Conversations are relayed using the C4 Picasso’s audio system. Drivers can access numbers stored in the directory of their mobile phone using the steering wheel-mounted controls. They can also use voice recognition to make a call. The directory and the name of the contact are displayed on the vehicle’s multifunction screen.
Stress-free driving with NaviDrive
The NaviDrive system combines a 7-inch 16/9 screen with a built-in GSM telephone (not Bluetooth compatible), audio system (radio, MP3 CD player, 5-CD stacker) and a GPS navigation system. The main functions can all be accessed via the easy-to-use controls on the steering wheel, that also activate the voice synthesis and recognition functions. The system can also be controlled directly from the NaviDrive unit built into the dashboard beneath a removable radio cover. Mobile devices can be connected to the audio/video socket in the glovebox.
The NaviDrive system also offers a range of additional services, such as Citroën Emergency, Citroën Assistance and Citroën On Line. Depending on the country, the Citroën Emergency service can be used in combination with the GPS and telephone functions to locate the vehicle if an accident occurs or the driver is taken ill, or to access call centre services.
Automatic fuel flap for easy fill-ups
The C4 Picasso features a new automatic, plug-free filler flap so that drivers can top up without having to touch the filler cap. The flap is copened by pressing a button inside the passenger compartment on the lower left-hand side of the driving position. The grill that replaces the conventional cap and seals the system is opened when the pump nozzle is inserted. Once the tank is full, drivers simply push the filler flap shut. The filler flap control is disabled at speeds above 10 kph to prevent it from opening accidentally when the vehicle is in motion.
Four engines: performance, fuel economy and respect for the environment
From launch, the C4 Picasso will be available with a choice of four responsive, high-performance Euro4-compliant engines. The engine range comprises:
– two petrol engines: the 127 bhp DIN 1.8i 16V and the 143 bhp DIN 2.0i 16V,
– two HDi diesel engines fitted as standard with a particulate filter (DPFS): the 110 bhp DIN 1.6 HDi DPFS and the 138 bhp DIN 2.0 HDi DPFS.
Depending on the market, these engines are mated with a broad range of gearboxes that meet the needs of every customer: manual, automatic and the new 6-speed electronic gearbox system.
o 127 bhp DIN 1.8i 16V at entry level
The entry-level petrol engine on the C4 Picasso is the 1.8i 16V engine that is already fitted on the Citroën C5. This powerplant develops maximum power of 92 kW EEC (127 bhp DIN) and 170 Nm of torque at 3,750 rpm.
Highly responsive even at very low revs, this engine is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The gearshift of the manual transmission is mounted on the dashboard, imitating the highly popular layout of the Xsara Picasso.
o 143 bhp DIN 2.0i 16V
The second petrol engine powering the C4 Picasso was first introduced on the C5 in September 2004. This 16-valve 2-litre unit develops 103 kW EEC (143 bhp DIN) with maximum torque of 200 Nm available at 4,000 rpm. The engine features variable valve timing (VVT), to optimise filling of the combustion chambers, irrespective of engine speed.
This engine can be mated to the new 6-speed electronic gearbox system or to an automatic 4-speed transmission, depending on the market.
o HDi 110 DPFS: powerful and compact
The 16-valve 1560 cm3 HDi 110 engine, fitted as standard with a particulate filter, develops 80 kW EEC (110 bhp DIN) for torque of 240 Nm from 1,750 rpm. This can be boosted by up to 260 Nm through an ‘overboost’ function that temporarily raises the turbocharger pressure.
Depending on vehicle trim, the HDi 110 DPFS can be mated to the 5-speed manual gearbox or the new 6-speed electronic gearbox system.
o HDi 138 DPFS
The HDi 138, fitted as standard with a particulate filter, develops 100 kW EEC (138 bhp) at 4,000 rpm. With the new six-speed electronic gearbox system, it generates maximum torque of 270 Nm at 2,000 rpm. Like the HDi 110 DPFS, the HDi 138 features a second-generation injection system and a variable-geometry turbocharger.
Driveability and fuel economy with the new 6-speed electronic gearbox system
Application extended to three engines
From launch, the C4 Picasso is available with the new 6-speed electronic gearbox system introduced on the C4 Hatchback and Coupé HDi 110 in June 2006. On the C4 Picasso, this new transmission is available across an extended range of three engines: the 143 bhp 2.0 i 16v petrol unit, and the HDi 110 DPFS and HDi 138 DPFS diesel units.
The 6-speed electronic gearbox system is a highly attractive alternative to conventional manual and automatic transmissions, in terms of driveability, fuel economy and affordability.
The technology is based on a 6-speed manual gearbox with an electro-hydraulic actuator control system delivering a fast, precise response for smooth, instant gearshifts.
Driving pleasure in manual and automatic modes
o Steering-wheel mounted controls
C4 Picasso models equipped with the six-speed electronic gearbox system feature steering-wheel mounted gearshift paddles, plus a mode selector on the steering column. This highly ergonomic arrangement puts all controls within fingertip reach, regardless of driver position. The system is adjustable for height and reach. The gearbox selector switches between forward, neutral and reverse.
o Choice of two driving modes
The 6-speed electronic gearbox system lets the driver choose between manual and automatic mode at any time, based on personal preference or changes in the roadway environment (road, motorway, built-up area, traffic jam, etc.).
– Manual mode
In manual mode, the driver maintains manual control over gearshifts, although there is no clutch pedal. Gears are selected using the steering-wheel paddles, and the instrument cluster shows the currently selected gear at all times.
For a true manual response, the transmission offers no assistance on upshifts, even if the engine is revved into the red zone on the rev counter. However, for optimum driveability during downshifts into standstill (as when approaching traffic lights or a Stop sign), the gearbox will run through the gears automatically, right down into first at slow speed. Automatic downshift points are determined by the ECU on the basis of criteria including under-revving, road gradient sporty driving style, etc.).
– Automatic mode
In automatic mode, gearshifts are managed electronically to optimize driveability and fuel economy. When this mode is selected, the letter A appears on the instrument panel alongside the currently selected gear. The gearbox ECU selects the most suitable gear speed, in line with auto-adaptive patterns determined by driver behaviour, journey type, engine speed, vehicle speed and grip conditions.
By avoiding under-revving and over-revving, automatic mode brings considerable fuel savings. With optimized gearshifts, the car consumes between 3% and 5% less fuel than with a conventional manual gearbox (depending on the type of cycle).
The driver can override automaticmode and resume manual control at any time (in an emergency situation, or when overtaking, for example) by simply operating one of the paddles. This switches the controller back into manual mode immediately. Unless a paddle is operated again, the controller will switch back to automatic mode after around twenty seconds.
Six speeds for a smooth response and fuel economy
With its six speeds, the new electronic gearbox system takes full advantage of the engine’s properties, in both manual and automatic modes, to deliver a superbly smooth response, low fuel consumption and acoustic comfort.
Electro-hydraulic control, for smooth, precise gearshifts
New electro-hydraulic actuators ensure smooth, precise gearshifts, in both manual and automatic modes. This jerk-free gear is achieved with no compromise on speed. The 6-speed electronic gearbox system combines speed and precision, with the following response times:
– 650 ms for a gearshift in manual mode
– 750 ms for a gearshift in automatic mode.
In addition, the 6-speed electronic gearbox system ensures fine-tuned fluid and jerk-free power take-up during manoeuvring. This is especially noticeable in reverse.
Exemplary road manners
Exemplary road manners are another prerequisite for a relaxed, enjoyable drive. To meet this need, the C4 Picasso features highly efficient running gear and powerful, reassuring brakes.
Efficient running gear
The C4 Picasso’s running gear affords precise on-road behaviour and contributes effectively to active safety. The front axle features MacPherson-type suspension with lower wishbones and an anti-roll bar. This system, based on that of the C4, features reinforcements on the wishbones, steering and subframe, to support the additional load at the front, characteristic of an MPV. The rear axle is completely new. Based on a flexible transverse beam and anti-roll bar, it features inclined shock absorbers to prevent encroachment on boot space. Generous sizing and load bearing capacity (up to 1,200 kg) ensure a high level of stiffness for top-class road manners. At the same time, the system fits in smoothly with versions using conventional springs and tyres.
Damping is adapted to optimise both comfort and handling. Depending on the trim and engine, the C4 Picasso ships with 15′ wheels fitted with 205/65R15 tyres, 16′ wheels with 215/55R16 tyres, or, on option, 17′ wheels with 215/50R17 tyres or 18′ wheels with 215/45R18 tyres. It has an anti-puncture kit as standard and can also be fitted with a temporary spare wheel for some markets.
Another standard feature on the C4 Picasso is variable-assistance power steering driven by a new electric pump unit. This unit is more powerful than on the C4, owing to the heavier load on the front axle. Assistance is adjusted to vehicle speed and steering wheel angle, to deliver a response matched to driving conditions. More specifically, the steering is stiffer at higher speeds for safety, and lighter at slow speeds, for manoeuvrability.
High-performance braking system
The C4 Picasso features large-diameter (302 mm) ventilated disc brakes at the front, and disc brakes at the rear with 12 mm thick specially reinforced hub-discs specific to C4 Picasso. ABS and electronic brakeforce distribution are standard, as is ESP (electronic stability programme). At speeds below 30 kph, the ESP can be switched off from the dashboard; it then switches back in automatically once the speed rises above 30 kph, or the next time the engine is switched on. ESP is coupled with ASR traction control. The braking performance of the C4 Picasso is among the best in its segment, with precise ABS/ESP regulation. Other braking-related safety features fitted as standard on the C4 Picasso include emergency braking assistance (EBA) and automatic illumination of hazard warning lights.
The C4 Picasso provides excellent protection for vehicle occupants in the eventuality of collision, with seven airbags as standard and a specially reinforced structure, among other features. Particular emphasis has been placed on child safety, and four seats are fitted with Isofix Top Tether three-point childseat anchor points. The C4 Picasso also includes effective protection against intrusion.
A complete, dependable range of features to protect all the occupants
o Driver knee airbag
The C4 Picasso is the first MPV to feature a steering column airbag protecting the driver’s knees and shins in the event of impact.
o Two front airbags, including a driver airbag designed to always deploy at the right angle
The driver and front passenger are protected by front airbags whose inflation pressure and volume adjust automatically to the force of collision. The presence of the fixed-centred controls steering wheel means that the driver’s airbag always deploys at the right angle.
o Two side airbags and two curtain airbags
Two side airbags in the front seats provide chest protection and two curtain airbags provide head protection for passengers in the first two rows of seats.
o Four Isofix seats
The C4 Picasso is the only compact MPV to feature four Isofix seats, including three in the second row. This means that a childseat can be fitted in the central place at the rear, this being the place most easily accessible from the front. This arrangement also provides easier access to the third row, since the side places can be left free. Alternatively, the user can fit two seats in the second row, or install a rearward-facing childseat on the front passenger seat (with the front passenger airbag switched off). The Isofix system includes a third ‘top tether’ anchor point’, so an Isofix seat can simply be clipped in at the required place in the vehicle.
o Seatbelt warning indicators at front and rear
The C4 Picasso features audible and visual seatbelt warning indicators. It also alerts the driver if a seatbelt in any of the rear seats (rows 2 and 3) is unbuckled when the car is in motion. This information is displayed on a car seat diagram on the central dashboard display.
All seats are fitted with three-point seatbelts. The belt on the central seat in the second row has two buckles, on either side of the seat. The belts on the rear-most seats can be wound up above the luggage cover, for unimpeded access to the luggage compartment. The front seatbelts are height-adjustable and fitted with dual pyrotechnic pretensioners with load limiters.
o Child-watch mirror
A special child-watch mirror located above the main rearview mirror lets the driver or front-seat passenger keep an eye on children in the back without having to turn round or alter the position of the main rearview mirror.
o Child-lock system for doors and windows
The electric controls for rear doors and windows can be disabled from the driver’s position or the remote control. The windows and shutter blind are fitted with an anti-pinch safety system to prevent a child’s finger being trapped.
To meet the toughest passive safety standards, the C4 Picasso has a specially reinforced structure to optimise energy absorption on impact. Programmed crumple zones at front and rear absorb impact energy to keep the passenger compartment intact.
The front impact absorbers were redesigned on the C4 Picasso in order to make the front pillars thinner. Impact energy is absorbed via the substructure and doors.
– The sizing of the front suspension is optimized to transfer energy under the body in the event of frontal impact.
– The lower impact absorber has been reinforced, with a stronger engine cradle and mounts, and an additional clamp. As on the C4, the C4 Picasso features a second lower impact absorber at the bottom of the front end, for more effective energy transfer under frontal impact. This absorber takes the form of a lower front bumper beam and engine cradle extensions.
– For greater overall stiffness, the front doors are reinforced with very-high-yield steel tubes and crumpling impact dampers.
– Particular attention was given to the movement of hard incompressible masses in the engine compartment, in order to minimise the risk of intrusion into the passenger compartment.
– The body is stiffened by large structural inserts at the bottom of the front pillar, at the top and bottom of the central pillar, and in the cross-member above the rear axle. These composite assemblies, made of polyamide and structural foam, adhere to the sheet metal at the electrocoat dip stage. In this way, they block strategic nodes in the body structure to afford improved stiffness. They replace the heavier reinforcements used in conventional body design.
To reduce vehicle weight and the cost of repairing minor impacts, the C4 Picasso has front wings made of plastic and front and rear beams made of aluminium. In the event of frontal impact, the upper beam and dampers crumple while the cantrails remain intact. Similarly, the lower bumper will crumple leaving the engine cradle and its extensions intact.
Price this car:
MSRP: $39,990 – $44,990
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Source: Citroen Press Release