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Launch: Citroen C4 Picasso – first of 2016

The Citroen C4 Picasso kicks off the launch calendar of the Malaysian motoring scene, and is the second model in the Citroen line-up after the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso launched last year. The biggest difference between the two? The Grand C4 Picasso has third row seats while this doesn’t.

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Heavy accoladed in Europe including ‘Best Import MPV’ in Auto Zeitung 2013, ‘Best MPV’ in Autobild Golden Steering Wheel 2013, ‘Most Attractive MPV 2013’ in the Autonis, ‘Best MPV’ in the Autorevue Award 2013 and ‘Best MPV’ in the Fleet World Honours 2015., the C4 Picasso comes here with quite the weight of expectation.

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First impressions are dominated by the handsome new Citroen chevrons front and centre. LED DRLs sit atop the xenon directional headlights while the rear LED taillights sport a 3D effect; the automatic tailgate on which the latter sits is a wraparound affair for practical access.

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Powered by a twin-scroll turbo 1.6-litre direct injection mill producing 163hp with 240Nm of torque, the C4 Picasso – in this THP 165 spec – has a 0-100km/h time of 9.3 seconds on to a top speed of 210km/h with power going to the ground via a six-speed automatic gearbox.

Fuel efficiency is a claimed 17.3km/litre – no doubt aided by the electric power steering – with 130g/km CO2 emissions.

Based on the EMP2 platform, the compact yet spacious MPV claims “unequalled comfort” as a result of vertically-positioned shock absorbers and a vertical axle bolt above the wheel center. The turning circle is a commendable 10.8m too.

Standard safety features include six airbags, Isofix child seat mounts, ABS with EBD and brake assist, stability control, traction control, hill start assist, an active seatbelt safety system, reverse camera, seat belt pretensioners, distance alert, active cruise control, lane departure warning, and blind spot monitoring.

On the inside, the dashboard contains two screens – a 7-inch touchpad and a 12-inch panoramic HD screen – with navigation, park assist. The cabin itself is airy – there’s over five square meters of glazed glass thanks to the huge windscreen and sizable windows – and uncluttered, sporting slate grey leather Ondulice cloth and a smart center console with much storage space.

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The all-new C4 Picasso is available in five colours namely Noir Onyx (Black), Blanc Banquise (White), Blue Kyanos (Blue), Gris Aluminium (Grey) and Rouge Rubi (Red) priced at RM148,888 OTR with five-year unlimited mileage warranty.

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Naza Corporation Holdings group chief operating officer of Naza Automotive Group Datuk Samson Anand George said of the launch: “The all-new Citroen C4 Picasso strikes an ideal balance between agility, response and unequalled comfort that is low in fuel and high in specs. It is more than practical enough to deal with every lifestyle thanks to a very spacious interior, flexible seating and a large boot.”

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Lionel P Jaya Singhe, General Manager, Naza Euro Motors Sdn Bhd (left) and Lionel Faugeres, General Director for ASEAN Countries Dongfeng PEUGEOT CITROEN International.

For more information, call 1800222808 or visit www.citroen.com.my and the Citroen Malaysia Facebook page.

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