2008 Citroen C3 Picasso MPV

2008 Citroen C3 Picasso MPV
2008 Citroen C3 Picasso

The French brand will soon start producing its new 2008 Citroen C3 Picasso mini-MPV. Only four meters long, the new car features more cargo volume than, for example, the new Volkswagen Tiguan.

Set to compete against such established players as the Fiat Idea, Honda Jazz / Fit, Lancia Musa, Nissan Note, Opel Meriva and Renault Modus, the new MPV will be based on the Peugeot 207 platform and will feature a generous 500 liters of luggage space.

2008 Citroen C3 Picasso MPV (front view)

The car is not that tiny, anyway.

Citroen says that the C3 Picasso will be 408cm long, 162cm tall and 173cm wide, which makes it 1.2cm longer, 3.6cm wider and only 0.4cm lower than its main competitor, the 2007 Opel Meriva.

What’s the most important, is that the car has a wheelbase of whole 2540 millimeters, which not only makes it quite roomy inside, but also ensures its high maneuverability on busy European streets where you can hardly find a car without its front and rear bumpers not dented with numerous dings, bumps and scratches from constant “tactile parking”.

2008 Citroen C3 Picasso MPV (rear view)

Future customers will have to choose among four engine options: two 1.6-liter HDi turbodiesels pumping out 90bhp and 110bhp, and two gasoline engines, developing 95bhp (1.4-liter engine) and 120bhp (1.6-liter) of power.

The choice of gearboxes will include two manuals (a five-speed and a more modern six-speed), as well as one six-speed automatic: the same EGS6 box that is widely used in different compact cars made by Citroen and Peugeot.

The C3 Picasso will be presented at the 2008 Paris Motor Show and will possibly arrive to local dealerships around three months later.

2008 Citroen C3 Picasso MPV (interior)

Photos: Citroen

See also: Peugeot 207 SW RC performance wagon