Citroen's Xsara Picasso Plays Its Cards Right

Citroen Xsara Picasso

Citroen Xsara Picasso

With the introduction of an advanced, new 110hp common rail diesel engine, Citroen’s popular Xsara Picasso Compact MPV now offers even more impressive levels of power and performance while at the same time being more economical than ever before, with the ability to cover more than 760 miles on a single tank of fuel.

And in making its Citroen debut, the new 1.6HDi 110 engine complements a revised Xsara Picasso line-up that features several new models, improved levels of equipment and subtle styling enhancements, all designed to help raise the high value-for-money appeal of Citroen’s Compact MPV.

The UK’s most popular MPV among private buyers for the past three years, and the most popular MPV bar none for two of those, the economical and spacious five-seat Xsara Picasso is a clear illustration that Citroen knows how to make the sort of cars that customers want to buy. With the addition of the new HDi 110, the Xsara Picasso is gunning right at the heart of a diesel market that accounted for around 40% of all Compact MPV sales last year.

Advanced engine technology with a hidden trump card

The all new, second generation 1.6 litre HDi 110 common rail diesel engine delivers an impressively enhanced combination of power, performance and refinement yet, remarkably, both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are considerably lower than the 90hp version thanks to its lightweight all-aluminium construction and use of leading edge technology.

The new model also hides a powerful trump card up its sleeve – under hard acceleration an ‘overboost’ function produces almost 10% more torque, delivering thrust right when it is really needed, such as when overtaking. This is on top of the 177lb.ft of torque that is available at just 1,750rpm, giving the new powerplant real flexibility and pulling power.

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Published 19 February 2004 Melanie Carter

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