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Citroen Xsara Picasso

Model Xsara Picasso debuted in 1999. It is a front-wheel drive minivan based on an elongated Citroen Xsara base with transverse engines.

Like all the creations of Citroen, this car carries the brand’s signature features. Original design: curved lines of a drop-shaped body, unusual “slanted” headlights, gracefully curved rear pillars, a large area of ​​glazing. The look of Picasso is remembered and stands out against the general background of other classmates. It is noteworthy that the avant-garde design does not interfere with the convenience of passengers.

Cars of this class were originally conceived as family cars, and the Xsara Picasso fully falls into that definition.

The interior space of the cabin is decided so that the road is as comfortable as possible. Salon is noteworthy in that it has many options for transformation and a large number of containers for small things. 15 liter glove box, pockets on all doors, four holders for standard 1.5-liter bottles, luggage box under the front passenger seat, additional compartments in the trunk. Even in front of the driver there is a shelf for little things. The driver’s seat is height-adjustable and has lumbar pumping and an armrest. The seat is located higher than in cars, which improves visibility. The Xsara Picasso interior easily accommodates five adults – three identical individual seats are installed behind.

The familiar dashboard has given way to a new electronic in the Picasso, which is located in the center of the front console. The current speed is displayed in numbers, and the fuel level and coolant temperature in the form of diagrams.

Xsara Picasso is equipped with a rather impressive list of electronic systems, even the volume of the built-in audio system and the speed of the wipers change automatically depending on the speed of the car. Or, for example, headlights that may light up for another minute until you leave the parking lot. The on-board computer that controls this equipment and dozens of other devices uses multiplex technology, which significantly reduces the number of wires: one line now serves to transmit several signals at once.

Two configuration options are offered: SX and Exclusive and with three engine types – 4-cylinder 1.6i l / 90 hp, 1.8i and 2.0 l / 90 hp HDi turbo diesel with common rail system.

The transmission is mechanical.

The Exclusive package includes automatic climate control, power windows for the rear windows, an air-conditioned refrigerator and a glass roof.

The most powerful 1.8 liter / 115 hp engine in the range of powertrains He accelerates the car to a speed of 187 km / h.

The front brakes are ventilated disc, the rear – drum.

Overall dimensions of the car – 4276х1751х1637 mm, base 2760 mm, curb weight, depending on engine type, 1250-1300 kg. Trunk volume is 515 liters. But it can be significantly increased not only in the traditional way – by folding the backs of the rear seats, but also by sliding the central chair mounted on rails by as much as 220 mm.

In 2003, the ESP stability control system with ASR traction control, as well as cruise control, appeared in the list of options.

In the same year, a new 2.0i 16V gasoline engine appeared in the powertrain line. This 2-liter engine has a maximum power of 137 hp. and is linked with an auto-adaptive automatic gearbox with the possibility of a sequential gear shift.

The automatic gear shift mode provides ten gearbox operation algorithms that are selected depending on the driver’s style (sports, economical), road conditions (road terrain, coefficient of adhesion to the road surface) and operating conditions (vehicle loading, temperature and oil pressure).

All Xsara Picasso are already equipped with the necessary set of active and passive safety systems: front and side airbags for the driver and front passenger, seat belts in the front seats with force limiters and pyrotechnic pretensioners, ABS with brake force distributor, Isofix mounting system for children seats.

In 2005, a new generation of Xsara Picasso is expected. The basis for it will serve as a platform borrowed from C4. The updated design has brought radical changes to the exterior, which has become no less original than its predecessor. The novelty will be available in both five- and seven-seater versions. And in the latter case, the two rear seats will be made removable, to increase the luggage compartment.

The back door consists of two parts: the glass can rise up separately, and the lower part of the door can be folded down to load long items.

The role of the main driving force may be one of the following units: 1.6- and 2.0-liter turbodiesels or a 2.0 liter 165-liter gasoline engine. from. There was an automatic transmission with the ability to switch to manual mode.

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