Citroën Xsara Picasso
|Citroën Xsara Picasso|
2000–2009 (United Kingdom)
|Assembly||Vigo, Spain (Vigo PSA Factory)
Cairo, Egypt (AAV)
Porto Real, Brazil (Citroën Brazil)
Wuhan, China (DPCA)
Rennes, France (PSA Rennes Plant)
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Compact MPV (M)|
|Body style||5-door MPV|
|Related||Citroën Xsara (car)
Citroën C3 Picasso (car)
Citroën C4 Picasso (mpv)
|Wheelbase||2,760 mm (108.7 in)|
|Length||4,276 mm (168.3 in)|
|Width||1,751 mm (68.9 in)|
|Height||1,637 mm (64.4 in)|
|Curb weight||1,313 kg (2,894.7 lb)|
|Successor||Citroën C3 Picasso
Citroën C4 Picasso
The Citroën Xsara Picasso was a 5-door compact MPV produced by Citroën from 1999 to 2010. The model was facelifted in 2004 with modifications to the front and rear design, changing from black bumpers to colour-matched paint with bright-inserts and painted sidestrips, known as Picasso 2. From 2007 a new shape was introduced, known as C4 Picasso.
At the time of its release, two trim levels were available, LX and SX, with a choice of three four-cylinder engines; a 1.6 and 1.8 litre petrols, and a 2.0 Litre HDI diesel engine, all shared with the smaller Citroën Xsara. A new 1.6 HDI diesel version with improved fuel efficiency was launched as part of the revised range in 2004.
Later designations were 'Desire', 'VTR', and the range-topping 'Exclusive' trim level, some with electric glass sunroof, was introduced to the UK market in late 2000. On all models, the front seat-backs have fold-down tables, and the rear seats can be removed to create extensive internal space for transportation of bulky items similar to a small van.
The 1.6 HDi diesel engine was introduced in 2004. It has 110 bhp (82 kW; 112 PS) and produces 240 N·m (177 lb·ft) torque with CO2 emissions of 131 g/km.
Sales and production
On 22 March 2007 Autotrader reviewed the Xsara Picasso, calling it the most popular MPV in the UK "thanks to a combination of practicality and affordability". Since 2001 the Xsara Picasso has been assembled at PSA plant in Vigo, Spain.
Since 2001 the Xsara Picasso was produced in Porto Real, Brazil for the Latin American market, where it is the top selling vehicle in its class.  The model was restyled again in 2007 in China and South America, with the grille adopting wide chrome bars
The Picasso name was licensed from the family of Pablo Picasso, which created significant international publicity at the time of the car's launch as not all the Picasso family were happy with the association of the artist's name with a car when his granddaughter Marina attempted to sue her uncle Claude in 1999.
Sales and production
|Year||Worldwide Production||Worldwide sales||Notes|
|2010||TBA||38,200||Total sales reach 1,736,727 units.|
|2011||8,325||8,444||Total production reaches 3,362,154 units.|
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- Ben Whitworth (2004-02-25). "Auto Express February 2004". Autoexpress.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-08-24.
- "Autotrader: Most popular MPV in the UK". Car reviewer, news and sales. Autotrader.co.uk. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
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- Maley, Jacqueline (13 January 2006). "Picasso clan fail to airbrush out car name". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
- Riding, Alan (19 April 1999). "A Family Feud Over a Picasso (On Wheels)". New York Times. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
- Keeley, Graham (27 August 2005). "The Citroën that Picasso painted". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
- "Engine specs from PSA Peugeot Citroën" (PDF). Creator and designer. PSA Peugeot Citroën. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
- Patrascu, Daniel. "Xsara Picasso discontinued". AutoEvolution.com. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
- "PSA Annual Report 2012" (PDF). Car manufacturers. PSA. Retrieved 1 May 2013.
- "Memento Mars 2013" (in French). PSA Peugeot Citroën. 21 February 2013: 50. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
Media related to Citroën Xsara Picasso at Wikimedia Commons
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