• CITROËN TWEAKS C4 PICASSO MASTERPIECE / #Citroen-C4-Picasso / #Citroen-Grand-C4-Picasso / #Citroen / #Citroen-C4 / #2016 / #PSA

    Diesel Car’s favourite medium #MPV has been revised for the summer, with a mild makeover to the styling and a technology upgrade. Whereas in the past the five-seat C4 Picasso featured a subtly different face to the seven-seat Grand C4 Picasso, both designs have been brought into harmony, featuring the same styling.

    At the front, both models adopt the face of the larger Grand C4 Picasso, with the chrome chevrons circling the daytime running lights. New front grilles are more prominent than before, with a gloss black registration plate holder in the middle and an air intake at the bottom. At the rear, all models come with 3D-effect rear lights, and the double chevrons are now black with a chrome surround. For the first time, this iteration of the five-seat C4 Picasso is offered with a two-tone paint scheme, with the roof in black, and the lower body offered in the full range of body colours, some of which are new, including Lazuli Blue, Soft Sand and Cumulus Grey. On the seven-seat Grand editions, there are new silver roof bars, and all versions feature a revised selection of alloy wheels.

    On the inside, there’s a choice of three new designs, named Wild Blue, Dune Beige and Hype Grey. The first is aimed at the younger market, with bright blue upholstery and chrome trim, the second places the emphasis on comfort, with massaging front seats, an electrically powered leg rest and either grey cloth seats or leather upholstery, while the last is aimed at the luxurious end of the market, with stylish slate grey leather upholstery, rear sunblinds and LED reading lights.

    New technology includes autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, a lane keeping assistant, driver drowsiness detection, as well as speed limit recognition. For the first time, the vehicle is available with #MirrorLink and #Apple-CarPlay , and is combined with an uprated seven-inch touchscreen that is faster to respond than before. A new 3D navigation system called #Citroën-Connect-Nav is offered alongside, using TomTom traffic to suggest alternative routes in the event of congestion.

    First arriving on the market in 2013, more than 300,000 examples of the C4 Picasso have been sold around the world. The latest car features a similar range of #BlueHDi engines to before, in a choice of 98, 118 and 148bhp guises. Out go the VTR, VTR+, Exclusive and Exclusive+ trim levels, in favour of Touch Edition, Feel and Flair, to fall in line with other models in the Citroën line-up. Prices are expected to remain roughly in line with the current model, with a modest uplift to reflect the extra kit. On sale during June, the first examples of the revised cars arrive in UK showrooms in September.