New Citroën C3 Picasso Blackcherry special editionC3 Picasso range updated with new engines

29 October 2010

Citroën C3 Picasso Blackcherry

Citroën C3 Picasso Blackcherry

Citroën has announced engine updates for its C3 Picasso mini-MPV, plus a new Blackcherry special edition.

The Citroën C3 Picasso Blackcherry is based on the VTR+ specification, and comes with a frugal 1.6-litre HDi 90 turbodiesel engine.

Citroën C3 Picasso Blackcherry

In addition to the usual VTR+ equipment list – which includes air conditioning, six airbags, cruise control, remote locking and scented air freshener system – the C3 Picasso Blackcherry has been visually upgraded inside and out.

The main bodywork is finished in metallic black paint, but accented with ‘cherry red’ wing mirrors, rubbing strips and diamond-tipped 17-inch alloys. The black and red theme continues inside, where you’ll also find the addition of Bluetooth and a USB connector for mp3 players – which becomes standard on all VTR+ models and above.

The 88bhp diesel engine returns a claimed 61.4mpg while emitting 119g/km CO2, has a 108mph top speed and a 0-62mph time of 14.7 seconds.

The Citroën C3 Picasso Blackcherry costs £15,195 – £300 more than a regular VTR+ with the same engine – and is available to order now.

Engine updates reduce emissions

In other C3 Picasso news there is a trio of engine updates across the range.

Most significant is the new Euro 5 emissions compliant HDi 110 turbodiesel. Also 1.6-litres in capacity, this 108bhp unit is combined with a six-speed gearbox to reduce CO2 by 4g/km to 125g/km and returns a claimed 58.8mpg.

Elsewhere the 93bhp 1.4-litre VTi petrol and 88bhp 1.6-litre HDi fitted to the entry-level VT specification C3 Picasso have become more efficient. Combined fuel economy rises from 42.8mpg to 44.1mpg for the petrol and 60.1mpg to 61.4mpg for the diesel.

CO2 falls 4g/km for both models, meaning a reduction in road tax band in both cases, and a two-band Benefit-In-Kind company car tax drop.

The entire Citroën C3 Picasso line up is now fitted with Michelin Energy Saver tyres from the factory, further helping to maximise fuel economy. Prices start at £12,695.

Read our reviews of the current C3 Picasso range