Citroen C3 Picasso and C5 go greenNew engines promise lower emissions

11 November 2009

Citroen C3 Picasso

Higher spec Citroen C3 Picasso models gain greener engines

Citroen has announced engine changes for its C3 Picasso and C5 ranges that will improve fuel economy and lower emissions, giving drivers the opportunity to go greener.

£35 VED for C3 Picasso

Revisions to the 88bhp 1.6-litre HDi 90 turbodiesel engine that’s offered with the C3 Picasso in VTR+ and Exclusive trim bring C02 emissions down from 125g/km to just 119g/km.

This equates to 62.8mpg combined, according to official figures - a 2.7mpg improvement. It also reduces Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) from £120 to £35 a year.

Prices for the C3 Picasso start at £11,795, with the 1.6 HDi VTR+ costing £13,995.

Turbo power boosts C5

Citroen C5

New 1.6 turbo petrol in the C5 has been developed with BMW

Citroen is also adding two new engines to the C5 line-up: a 1.6-litre turbo petrol and a Euro V emissions compliant 2.0-litre turbodiesel.

The 1.6 THP turbo petrol has been co-developed with BMW and already appears in a number of Citroens, as well as the latest Minis. In the C5, it’s connected to a six-speed gearbox and provides 153bhp while emitting 167g/km of CO2 and officially returning 39.8mpg.

This new 1.6 replaces the existing 2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine, which pales in comparison, with 141bhp and 198g/km of CO2. The new engine is Euro V compliant.

As for the new 158bhp 2.0 HDi 140 turbodiesel, this emits 147g/km of CO2 in six-speed manual guise and officially returns 50.1mpg (179g/km, 41.5mpg with the optional six-speed automatic). It replaces both the existing non-Euro V 2.0-litre HDi 140, and the more powerful 2.2-litre HDi 173.

Prices start at £19,795 for the 1.6 THP petrol, and £21,195 for the 2.0 HDi 160.

Bluetooth and USB added

In other C5 news, Citroen has renamed the SX trim 'VTR', with no changes to specification, and the range-topping Exclusive now features Bluetooth and a USB socket as standard.

A similar Bluetooth and USB option pack is now also available as an option on the C3 Picasso Exclusive.


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