Our exclusive spy picture below - the best yet of the compact MPV - shows how the entry-level version will get a unique rear end.
While its stablemate features a near-vertical tailgate to maximise headroom in the third row of seats, the smaller version has a stylish sloping rear windscreen instead. Unique tail-light clusters and a kinked window line also set it apart from the larger model. With minimal overhangs at the rear, the smaller C4 Picasso has a sportier profile, although it will share engines with the seven-seater. That includes the maker's 143bhp 2.0-litre petrol units, as well as 110bhp and 138bhp versions of the frugal 2.0-litre HDi diesel. Smaller powerplants may join the line-up in the future.
The big C4 Picasso goes on sale in January, but families wanting the handsome five-seater will have to wait a bit longer, as it won't be in showrooms until mid-2007. Prices are expected to start at around £14,500, which leaves room for the existing Picasso to continue alongside the new duo as a budget alternative.