Citroen C3 Picasso Code

Some may look at a utilitarian vehicle like the Citroën C3 Picasso and wonder why bother sprucing it up, but Citroën begs to differ. After launching the Blackcherry edition just over a year ago, the French automaker has returned with the new Code edition you see here.

Available in white, red, blue or grey, the C3 Picasso Code packs a host of visual enhancements that inject the little minivan with an added dose of style: things like white or red-trimmed 17-inch alloys, chrome insets on the bumper and door handles, glossy black bumpers and door mirrors and more. All that costs just £300 more (in the UK) over the base C3 Picasso equipped with the same fuel-efficient 90-horsepower diesel engine and manual transmission. Follow the jump for the full press release.
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INTRODUCING CITROËN'S NEW C3 PICASSO CODE SPECIAL EDITION

Citroën has introduced a stylish new special edition into its award-winning C3 Picasso range - C3 Picasso Code.

The C3 Picasso Code, which replaces the previous Blackcherry special edition, is based on the best-selling HDi 90 manual VTR+ version, with added equipment.

Complementing a generous specification that already includes air conditioning, a Connecting Box (Bluetooth® system with USB socket), curtain airbags and cruise control with speed limiter, the C3 Picasso Code gains a 'Look Pack' that features:

- Polar White or Cherry Red 17" 'Clover' alloy wheels (depending on body colour)
- Chrome lower bumper inserts
- Shiny black painted door handles with chrome inserts
- Obsidian Black painted front & rear bumpers
- Obsidian Black door mirrors with shiny black surround & base plate
- Longitudinal roof bars
- Shiny black vent surrounds
- Carpet mats

There are four body colours to choose from - Polar White, Cherry Red, Belle Ile Blue and Thorium Grey. The Polar White wheels are available with the Belle Ile Blue or Cherry Red body colours and add Polar White painted side rubbing strips and a white rear number plate surround with chrome detailing. The Cherry Red alloy wheels are available with the Polar White or Thorium Grey body colours and bring Cherry Red painted side rubbing strips and a Cherry Red number plate surround with a chrome insert.

The new model's refined and efficient diesel HDi 90 powerplant returns an impressive 61.4mpg on the combined cycle and is eligible for free VED in the first year thanks to its sub-120g/km CO2 emissions.

The C3 Picasso Code special edition is 'on sale' now priced from £15,695, which is just £300 more than the HDi 90 manual VTR+ version on which it is based.