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For Picasso read SpaceTourer – as announced at the Geneva motor show in March, Citroën is renaming its people-carrier line-up, dropping the Picasso badge in favour of the SpaceTourer name.

The new name allows the C4 SpaceTourer, which offers five seats, and the Grand C4, which is a full seven-seat MPV,  to sit alongside the original SpaceTourer. Evolved from the commercial market, the SpaceTourer can be configured in versions offering from five to nine seats.

All three models are built on the PSA Group EMP2 platform which allows the use of a number of new technologies. They also include Citroën’s Advanced Comfort programme.

C4 SpaceTourer and Grand C4 SpaceTourer models are also gaining new safety equipment. A ‘Safety Pack’ becomes standard equipment on all Flair versions, and includes a Driver Attention Alert, Speed Sign Recognition and Recommendation, and Active Safety Brake – autonomous emergency braking.

Citroën C4 SpaceTourer The Car Expert
Citroën SpaceTourer available in five and seven-seat versions.

The C4 SpaceTourer and Grand C4 SpaceTourer are on sale from May 2018 and from 1st June will be available with a new engine – a 160hp diesel, paired with an equally new eight-speed automatic gearbox. Replacing the previous six-speed unit, it offers fuel economy improvements of up to 7% and includes manual paddles for manual changes. Citroën plans to pair the automatic transmission with other engines later in 2018.

Citroën C4 SpaceTourer prices start from £21,125 buying the 110hp petrol six-speed manual in Touch trim. An extra £2,300 buys the entry-level Grand version, the 130hp petrol six-speed manual.

C4 SpaceTourers with the 160hp diesel and eight-speed auto gearbox cost from £27,550, the Grand C4 from £29,250.

Meanwhile, Citroën sister brand DS Automobiles has confirmed that from 2020 all model lines will offer a version with electrification in its powertrain. These will be either hybrid or fully-electric – DS is about to launch the DS7 Crossback E-Tense 4×4 with 300hp and a 30-mile EV driving range, and will reveal its first 100% electric DS model at the next Paris motor show in October.

La Premiere special edition for DS 7 Crossback (The Car Expert)
DS7 Crossback will be first electrified car from DS Automobiles.

 

 

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.