Citroen previews seven-seater Grand C4 Picasso MPV

The Grand C4 Picasso will debut in Frankfurt next September.

France's Citro├źn has published the first official details about the Grand C4 Picasso that will greet the public for the first time at the Frankfurt Motor Show that will open its doors next September.

Riding on the same modular EMP2 platform as the smaller C4 Picasso and the Peugeot 308 hatchback, the Grand Picasso features a stretched wheelbase and a longer rear overhang that enable it to offer space for up to seven passengers spread out over three rows of seats.

Visually, the MPV packs the same futuristic exterior design but it stands out from its smaller sibling thanks to a taller silhouette, specific C-shaped rear lights and a piece of trim that runs from the top of the windshield to the D-pillar on both sides.

Inside, the center stack is dominated by a color touch screen that lets passengers control the infotainment system, while a second high-definition screen mounted on top of the dash replaces the instrument cluster. Interestingly, the driver can customize the screen by uploading a background photo with a USB key.

Heated and massaging seats, a power tailgate, electronic park assist adaptive cruise control and automatic high beams are all available as options.

The Grand Picasso is available with three turbodiesel and two gasoline four-cylinder engines that range from a 90-horsepower oil-burner to a 156-horsepower version of the THP four-banger also found under the hood of certain MINI and Peugeot products. Both automatic and manual gearboxes are available.

Later this year, the C4 Picasso will gain PSA's all-new BlueHDi engine, an efficient four-cylinder turbodiesel that conforms to the strict Euro 6 pollution norms that will go into effect across Europe on January 1st, 2014.

Additional information about the Grand Picasso will be published in the weeks leading up to its public debut in Germany.

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