Citroen launches Blackcherry edition C3 Picasso

The compact, supermini-sized MPV costs £15,195 and features a host of new equipment and some styling upgrades to the middle of the range VTR+ specification.

These include a new smart cherry red and glossy black detailing on the exterior matched to a similar colour scheme inside.

The trim complements the metallic black body colour which extends to the roof bars. The exterior look it topped off by unique 17" cherry red diamond-tipped alloy wheels.

Citroen has added air conditioning, cruise control and USB & Bluetooth system to the list of gadgets. The door mirrors and front windows are now electric in the C3 Picasso Blackcherry.

Under the bonnet, the Blackcherry uses the 1.6-litre HDi 90hp diesel engine used with the VT, VT+ and Exclusive models of the C3 Picasso.

Not content with the introduction of a special edition, Citroen has also introduced a new Euro 5-compliant 1.6 HDi 110hp engine to the standard model range.

The new engine delivers fuel economy of 59mpg and CO2 emissions of 125g/km – 5g/km less than the previous Euro 4 compliant engine and putting the C3 Picasso in the second road tax band.

Michelin Energy Saving tyres have been fitted to the C3 Picasso range for the first time. Significantly, it means 17" alloy wheels can be used without affecting CO2 emissions as in previous versions.

The USB and Bluetooth connectivity box has also been added to both VTR+ and Exclusive trim levels to coincide with the release of the Blackcherry special edition.

The new C3 Picasso Blackcherry and the updated standard range will both be available in the UK from November 2010.