New Citroen C4 Picasso, Grand C4 Picasso out now

The five-seat C4 Picasso and larger seven-seat Grand Picasso, two of Citroen’s most popular models in the UK, have received a mid-life facelift for 2011.

The biggest innovation however, comes underneath the bonnet, where Citroen’s e-HDI micro-hybrid technology is used on a production car for the first time ever.

Don’t be fooled by the hybrid name however, because the engine is still a normal 1.6-litre diesel unit. The micro-hybrid name applies to the Start and Stop technology and innovative e-booster function designed to restart the engine in just 0-4 seconds.

The e-HDi engine delivers fuel consumption of 58.9mpg and 57.6mpg for the C4 Picasso and Grand C4 Picasso respectively, while CO2 emissions fall between 125g/km and 132g/km.

Economy is further boosted through a six-speed EGS transmission on all e-HDi models.

Other engine options include a 1.6-litre petrol engine and 1.6HDi and 2.0HDi diesel units, the latter is available with an automatic gearbox in range-topping Exclusive trim levels.

Both the C4 Picasso and Grand C4 Picasso MPVs have been given a refreshed exterior featuring a panoramic windscreen dropping down to a redesigned chevron-style front end and all-new bumper.

On VTR+ trim levels – the middle range option after VTR – chrome highlights are included on the side window sills and rear bumper, while LED lights are added to the front end.

Also new to the Picasso range is the option of a black roof and alternative body colour for the top of the range Exclusive trim. Similar to the customisation options seen on the premium DS3 supermini, the choices for the MPVs are limited to just six body colours.

Finally, Citroen has revised equipment lists for the ranges, although entry-level VTR models are unchanged.

Range-topping Exclusive specification cars now boast 17" alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, Bluetooth more upholstery options and an eTouch emergency system with built in SIM card in case of an accident.

The new Citroen C4 Picasso and Grand C4 Picasso are on sale from October 1 in the UK, with prices starting at £16,345 for the former and £17,745 for the latter.