Citroen C4 Picasso spied

20 Jun, 2012 6:07pm Jack Rix

Next-generation five-seater C4 Picasso MPV spotted testing ahead of its debut later this year

An endless stream of new crossovers and SUVs are eating away at the tradiditonal MPV market - but Citroen is holding firm. These spy shots show a prototype for the all-new C4 Picasso covered in camouflage but not cladding, during the final phases of its test program.

Look past the psychedelic wrap and the windows and major feature lines can all be seen, as well as a pair of door handles proving this is the smaller five-seat version (the seven-seater C4 Grand Picasso will feature a sliding rear door).

Certain styling cues will be carried over form the current car including a small window behind the A-pillar, designed to improve forward visibility. Look carefully and there's a kink in the window line as it meets the C-pillar, which will add some gallic flair to the design.

Based on the same platform as the new C4 and DS4 hatchbacks, the C4 Picasso will get similar front-end styling to the C4 and also feature the same range of engines. That means 1.4, 1.6 and 1.6 turbocharged petrol engines, as well as 1.6 and 2.0 HDi diesels.

The C4 Picasso is expected to make its debut at Citroen's home motor show in Paris at the end of September. Sales will start at the beginnning of 2013 with prices starting from around £17,000.