Citroën Xsara Picasso

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Citroën Xsara Picasso
2002 Citroen Xsara Picasso HDi Exclusive 2.0 Front.jpg
Production1999–2010 (France)
2000–2012 (Egypt)
2001–2012 (Brazil)
2000–2010 (United Kingdom)
1999–2012 (Spain)
2000–2010 (China)
AssemblyVigo, Spain (PSA Vigo Plant)
Cairo, Egypt (AAV)
Porto Real, Brazil (Citroën Brazil)
Wuhan, China (DPCA)
Rennes, France (PSA Rennes Plant)
DesignerDonato Coco[1]
Body and chassis
ClassCompact MPV (M)
Body style5-door MPV
LayoutFF layout
RelatedCitroën Xsara (car)
Citroën C3 Picasso (car)
Citroën C4 Picasso (mpv)
Wheelbase2,760 mm (108.7 in)
Length4,276 mm (168.3 in)
Width1,751 mm (68.9 in)
Height1,637 mm (64.4 in)
Curb weight1,313 kg (2,894.7 lb)
SuccessorCitroën C3 Picasso[2]
Citroën C4 Picasso
Citroën C4 Aircross

The Citroën Xsara Picasso is a five door compact MPV, produced by Citroën from 1999 to 2010. The model was facelifted in the beginning of 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 November 2006, 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.[3]

Later designations were 'Desire', 'VTR', and the range topping 'Exclusive' trim level, some with electric glass sunroof, was introduced to the United Kingdom in the end of 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 CO
emissions of 131 g/km.

Sales and production[edit]

On 22 March 2007, Auto Trader reviewed the Xsara Picasso, calling it the most popular MPV in the United Kingdom, “thanks to a combination of practicality and affordability”.[4] From 2001 to 2008, the Xsara Picasso has been assembled at PSA plant in Vigo, Spain.

South America[edit]

2007 Citroën Xsara Picasso for Latin America

Since 2001, the Xsara Picasso was produced in Porto Real, Brazil for the market in Latin America, where it is the top selling vehicle in its class.[5] 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,[6] 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 April 1999.[7]

Pablo Picasso was originally linked with Citroën in the 1960s when he painted a Citroën DS with "The wreaths of Peace".[8]

Sales and production[edit]

Year Worldwide Production Worldwide sales Notes
2009 TBA 54,000[9]
2010 TBA 38,200[9] Total sales reach 1,736,727 units.[10]
2011 8,325[11] 8,444[11] Total production reaches 3,362,154 units.[11]
2012 TBA 4,000[12]


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  2. ^ Dickson, Ian (29 January 2009). "Citroën C3 Picasso (2009 onwards) - Car Reviews - MSN Cars UK". Retrieved 24 August 2012.
  3. ^ Ben Whitworth (25 February 2004). "Auto Express February 2004". Retrieved 24 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Autotrader: Most popular MPV in the UK". Car reviewer, news and sales. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 December 2007. Retrieved 11 June 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Revista Carro] - Top 50 best seller automobiles, 2006
  6. ^ Maley, Jacqueline (13 January 2006). "Picasso clan fail to airbrush out car name". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
  7. ^ Riding, Alan (19 April 1999). "A Family Feud Over a Picasso (On Wheels)". New York Times. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
  8. ^ Keeley, Graham (27 August 2005). "The Citroën that Picasso painted". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
  9. ^ a b "Engine specs from PSA Peugeot Citroën" (PDF). Creator and designer. PSA Peugeot Citroën. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
  10. ^ Patrascu, Daniel. "Xsara Picasso discontinued". Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  11. ^ a b c "PSA Annual Report 2012" (PDF). Car manufacturers. PSA. Retrieved 1 May 2013.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "Memento Mars 2013" (in French). PSA Peugeot Citroën. 21 February 2013: 50. Retrieved 31 July 2013.[permanent dead link]

External links[edit]

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