The second-generation Citroen C3 Picasso people mover has been spotted in a part of Europe that’s not frozen over.
If these photos trigger a slight sense of deja vu, don’t be worried, because the new Citroen C3 Picasso will be one of a small number of products born out of GM’s short-lived investment in PSA Peugeot Citroen.
Much like the collaboration between the Peugeot, Citroen and Toyota for their city hatches (the Peugeot 109, Citroen C1 and Toyota Aygo), the new C3 Picasso and Opel Meriva share key hard points, a platform and a factory, but will go their own way regarding styling.
The Meriva prototype that was spied last year features round wheel arches, Opel’s latest grille design, a fairly conventional set of headlights, and a curved roof line with arched matching doors.
On the other hand, the pre-production C3 Picasso that we see here features a flatter roof with matching doors, a slight upwards kick in the window line towards the rear door’s trailing edge, and the company’s split-headlight arrangement, with thin LED driving lights and indicators up top, and a disguised lower section for the main and high beam units.
There are rumours that PSA Peugeot Citroen and Opel/Vauxhall versions will also feature engines sourced from their parent companies.
All versions of the shared small people mover range, the Opel/Vauxhall Meriva, the Citroen C3 Picasso, and Peugeot 2008 replacement, will all be built at GM’s factory in Zaragoza, Spain, from later this year.