The 2006 Citroen C4 Picasso

Citroen C4 Picasso

Citroen C4

Citroen has revealed further details on the eagerly awaited C4 Picasso that goes on sale in France next month. The versatile 7-seat compact MPV will make its public debut alongside the stunning C-Métisse concept car and the new C4 WRC rally car at the Paris Motor Show (28 September - 15 October).

The sleek and stylish C4 Picasso will set new standards in its class with an original seat-folding design that allows exceptionally quick and easy reconfiguration, helping to provide category-leading passenger and boot space. An imaginative dash lay-out creates an uncluttered look in the front, while premier levels of refinement and comfort are ensured by the use of high quality trim materials and pneumatic rear suspension.

When it comes to the finer details, the C4 Picasso further sets itself apart from its rivals - Citroen’s newest model benefits from the introduction of a number of striking and unique features. Over 30 different light sources demonstrate the innovative use of interior lighting systems, an integrated air quality sensor contributes to the pleasant ambience on-board, while a parking space measurement system, the first on the market, exemplifies the C4 Picasso’s use of advanced technology.

Innovative Use Of Light

In a way never before seen on any other car, the C4 Picasso utilises natural and artificial light to ensure that the cabin is an extremely pleasant place to be, whether during the day or at night. The huge panoramic windscreen and expansive glazed area are coupled with 32 different and, in many cases, extremely innovative lighting sources.

The wide angle panoramic windscreen doubles vertical visibility at the front of the vehicle from the 35º of a conventional MPV to an impressive 70º. A combination of the largest sunroof and side windows in the class, as well as specially designed narrow windscreen pillars, gives the C4 Picasso the largest glazed area of any compact MPV, ensuring superb visibility for all occupants regardless of which seat they are in.

Within the cabin, Citroen’s designers have developed completely new ideas that use light to create a welcoming atmosphere. The subtle use of strip lighting under the central fascia, within the door panels and in the roof, diffuses a soft, indirect light, which can be adjusted via a control below the side of the steering column. There are also small LEDs in the door handle and front roof light surrounds.

Reading lights can be integrated into the back of the front seats, while lights in the door pockets come on automatically when a hand is placed into them. At the rear, the boot light doubles as a removable torch - it automatically recharges when the vehicle is on the move, whilst offering up to 40 minutes of use when hand held. On the outside, welcome lights under the door mirrors bathe the ground with light at night when getting into the car, whilst guide-me-home headlamps help when leaving it.

Driver and comfort information is provided on a single, centrally-located screen, which can feature a customised colour scheme and data display, with either a yellow or two-tone background and a selection of five possible colour settings.

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Published 25 September 2006 Melanie Carter

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