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French revolt! Citroën's new Scenic basher

2005-08-18 12:04

Is this the successor to the Picasso?

With a production version of this concept, Citroën will launch a fresh attack on arch rival Renault's popular Scenic.

The C-SportLounge boasts an imposing front end, with a large air intake and elongated, clear-cut headlamps. The eye-catching look is further enhanced by the flared wheel arches, wide stance, high waistline and dramatic alloy wheels.

Inside, Citroën says that the design is "aviation-inspired". The driving position features a steering wheel with fixed central controls and gear change paddles, while the one-piece driver's seat and central console ensure that the automatic gearbox and climate controls remain within reach, whatever the seat position.

The use of high quality materials contributes to the luxurious ambience of the interior, where a light and airy feel is ensured by the large windscreen and sunroof.

Enhancing everyday versatility, the C-SportLounge concept car is fitted with reverse opening doors for easy access to the rear seats.

The production version is expect to go on sale in 2006 when it will replace the Picasso MPV. Though insiders suggest that it won't be named the Picasso again.

Originally the family of the famous artist agreed to his name being used for the current model, as long as another word was also used.

Therefore the current model is badged as the Xsara Picasso. However, ass the Xsara name has been axed, the replacement model will probably bear a different name.

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