Citroen previews facelifted 2013 C3 Picasso

The facelifted C3 Picasso will debut in Paris next week

Citroën has announced that it will present a facelifted version of its four-year old C3 Picasso people hauler at the Paris Motor Show next week.

Aesthetically, the changes carried out to the C3 Picasso are quite minor and are mostly limited to a new front end which puts the small van in line with Citroën's current design language. It gains a new piece of chrome trim that incorporates the French brand's trademarked double chevron logo, a new radiator grille with honeycomb-shaped openings and optional LED daytime running lights. New wheel designs and new exterior colors are also part of the package.

On the inside, the revamped C3 Picasso is available with Citroën's eMyWay infotainment system which consists of a Bluetooth connectivity system, a USB port to connect smartphones and mp3 devices as well as satellite navigation. A touch screen is not available so the infotainment system is controlled with regular old-fashioned buttons.

Citroën did not release any technical details about the 2013 C3 Picasso but rumors circulating around the French media indicate that it will be offered with PSA Peugeot-Citroën's all-new 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine. Fitted with a turbocharger to compensate for its small size, the downsized mill sends 82 horsepower and 87 lb-ft. of torque to the front wheels via a five-speed manual transmission.

After greeting the show-going public in Paris, the updated 2013 C3 Picasso will go on sale across Europe in January of next year. Pricing information will be released closer to the car's launch.

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