The designers of the C4 Picasso have also paid unprecedented attention to interior ambience and air quality. This new model is the very first Citroen to feature an air quality sensor, complementing the in-built air freshener and a new air conditioning system that has been developed specially to take into account the large interior space and extensive glass area.
The air quality sensor is located upstream of the cabin air intake and continuously monitors the quality of the air outside of the car. If high levels of pollution are detected, it will automatically close the air intake flap and activate the air recycling function to prevent these pollutants from entering the cabin.
An integrated air freshener can add to the calming experience by diffusing a choice of subtle fragrances into the cabin through two central air vents. An extensive range is available including a fragrance specially designed to remove tobacco odours. The system can be switched off, or the intensity adjusted, as desired.
Ensuring that the interior temperature matches the air quality, a four-zone air conditioning system is available. Helping to maintain the uncluttered look in the front, both driver’s and front passenger’s controls are located at either end of the dashboard. A new ‘rest’ function, activated by a button on the driver’s air conditioning control panel, can keep the ventilation running for up to eight minutes after the engine is switched off.
The C4 Picasso is the only compact MPV to offer a second air conditioning unit, which sends air to the second and third rows as well as into the boot. Passengers in the second row can adjust the temperature themselves via a special control panel.
The Latest Advanced Features
Helping to make parking an altogether less stressful experience, the C4 Picasso is the first vehicle on the market to offer a parking space measurement system. The driver simply presses the ‘P’ button on the steering wheel, flicks the relevant indicator and drives slowly along the row of parked vehicles. Two ultrasonic sensors at either end of the front bumper inform the driver whether parking is possible, difficult or inadvisable.
An electric parking brake is fitted to all models as standard. Unusually, the brake is automatically applied as soon as the engine is turned off, and is automatically released when sufficient torque is applied to move forward. An electric control in the middle of the dash can be used to apply the parking brake in a conventional manner whenever necessary. Additionally, all models offer a hill-start assist function. At gradients of 3% or above, this function automatically holds the vehicle in position for up to two seconds so that the driver has time to move their foot to the accelerator.
The C4 Picasso range offers four advanced Euro IV compliant engines, which can return up to 50mpg on the combined cycle, CO2 emissions from as little as 150g/km and top speeds of up to 121mph. Two 16V petrol engines, the 127bhp 1.8i and 143hp 2.0i are accompanied by 110bhp 1.6HDi and 138bhp 2.0HDi diesel engines, both fitted with an environmentally-friendly diesel particulate filter system (DPFS).
C4 WRCCitroen Sport, winner of three consecutive World Rally Championship Manufacturers crowns between 2003 and 2005 will unveil the new C4 WRC at the Paris Motor Show. This incredible new four-wheel drive rally car has a 315bhp 2-litre turbocharged engine attached to a cross-mounted 6-speed gearbox and will make its rallying debut at the start of the 2007 season in Monte Carlo, where it will be driven by current WRC leader and reigning World Champion Sébastien Loeb.
Citroen’s out-of-this-world C-Métisse concept car is stylish, powerful and green. The 4-seater, 4-door coupé demonstrates how a high performance car can combine a top speed of 155mph with 45mpg frugality on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions of just 174g/km. With its aerodynamic design, ‘aircraft-style cockpit’ and gull-wing doors the C-Métisse is yet another reason to visit the Citroen stand at the Paris Motor Show.Published 25 September 2006