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by Tim Beissmann

The Citroen C4 Picasso will offer claimed segment-first safety technology when it arrives in Australian showrooms in February.

Citroen Australia says the compact C4 Picasso MPV will be the first vehicle in the small sub-$40,000 segment to come standard with 360-degree camera technology, which aids visibility when parking and manoeuvring at low speeds.

Other standard safety features will include blind spot monitoring, auto parking, parking sensors, auto headlights, rain-sensing wipers, six airbags and electronic stability control, while customers will be able to bolster safety further with the Drive Assist Package that adds lane departure warning with seatbelt vibration alert, active cruise control and active seatbelts.

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Citroen Australia general manager John Startari says safety will be a strong selling point for the family-focused C4 Picasso.

“The C4 Picasso is ideally suited to families, so the focus on safety is non-negotiable for us,” Startari said.

“Being the first vehicle to offer innovative safety solutions in this segment demonstrates our commitment to ensuring Citroen maintains its strong stance on safety and innovation.

“The Picasso nameplate is establishing itself as one of the most awarded family vehicles in Australia for design, value, drive experience and aftersales support, and the C4 Picasso will continue that trend.”

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At 4428mm long, the Citroen C4 Picasso is 172mm shorter from nose to tail than the seven-seat Grand C4 Picasso that went on sale in Australia earlier this year and won CarAdvice’s people-mover comparison in May.

Citroen Australia has not announced any additional specification details or prices at this stage, keeping them under wraps until closer to the C4 Picasso’s February launch.

CarAdvice understands the C4 Picasso will be available with a turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 121kW of power and 240Nm of torque and a six-speed automatic transmission.

It’s unclear if a diesel engine will be offered, though CarAdvice understands one is unlikely to be available from launch.

As with the rest of Citroen’s line-up, the C4 Picasso will come with a six-year warranty, six years of capped-price servicing and six years of roadside assistance.

CarAdvice drove the Citroen C4 Picasso in Paris in September. Read our review and watch our video review here.




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