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2013-06-27 14:50

NEW GRAND: Citroen has unveiled details of its new Grand C4 Picasso. Image: Newspress

LONDON, England - French automaker Citroen has unveiled first details of the new seven-seat C4 Grand Picasso. Citroen SA says they hope the car will make its way here but there is no news yet.

The new model will use the efficient modular platform (EMP2) which weighs up to 110kg less than the current one.

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The e-HDi 90 Airdream engine, with the six-speed efficient tronic gearbox (ETG6), emits only 98g/km with a combined fuel consumption of 3.8-litres/100km. The e-HDi 115 ETG6 emits 104g/km of CO2 emissions and a claimed combined fuel reading of four litres per 100km.

The new Grand C4 Picasso is 4.59m long, 1.83m wide and 1.63m tall. The wheelbase has been extended to 2.84m by 11cm, freeing up an extra 69 litres of space. Total load space is now 645-litres with the seats still being up. The new platform also means the engine bay is increased by 50mm and can sit 20mm lower.

REDUCED EMISSIONS

The new BlueHDi 150 engine features selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system which reduces NOx emissions by 90%, whilst also cutting CO2 emissions. It’s mated to a six-speed gearbox and omits 110g/km of CO2 emissions manual and 117g/km of CO2 for the automatic version.

Styling tweaks include a new roof bar design, a more assertive flowing design and sleeker head lights. The rear LED lights feature a 3D effect similar to those found on the new DS3 Cabrio.

The interior is uncluttered with chrome and gloss inserts and has an optional large glass roof. White LED lighting on the ceiling, backlit storage spaces, seat trays and inner door handles light the car up at night. There are also new front massaging seats and a ‘relax’ mode passenger seat available in the optional lounge package.

Safety goods include an anti-collision warning system that also uses front radar to alert the driver when their vehicle is too close to the vehicle in front operates from speeds of 30km/h, and intelligent traction control - an electronic system that improves traction on low-grip surfaces.

Citroen says its award-winning eTouch system, which automatically makes geo-localised emergency or assistance calls using a built-in SIM card, is available 24 hours in the event of a collision.

The Grand Picasso’s clean and uncluttered dashboard features two full-digital displays - a 17cm touchpad and a 30cm  screen. The 17cm touchpad has seven touch-sensitive buttons and controls dual aircon, navigation, audio, telephone and driving aids while the 30cm HD screen can be configured to display driving information, the navigation system or cruise control. It also works with Citroën’s new Multicity Connect which is a portal of connected applications controlled by the touchpad.

More comfort treats include keyless entry and start, reversing camera and electric boot, 360 Vision - four cameras placed around the car to give the driver a bird’s eye view, a rear view or a front view to extend the driver’s field of vision and park assist.

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