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 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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