You might not know it, Yank, but French automaker Citroën has paid its bills for years by building and selling a slew of popular, smallish MPVs (what you and I call Minivans). The company has belted out a four-model strong range of the things bearing the Picasso moniker, each ranging slightly in size, layout and function. Citroën reports selling nearly three million Picassos since the model's launch in 1999.

Starting down the path of what would seem to be either a new Picasso or a replacement for it, is this Technospace Concept, which is slated to make a grand entrance at the Geneva Motor Show. The Technospace will be loaded to the gills with MPV goodness, including a massive 12-inch panoramic high-definition screen. It will also be efficient, lightweight and clean, at least according to Citroën's claims in the press release below.

Take a gander at the French familymobile in the attached gallery, and expect a few more bits and bites about the Technospace Concept, when we land in Geneva next month.
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CITROËN ENTERS A NEW ERA WITH ITS TECHNOSPACE CONCEPT

With the Xsara Picasso, C4 Picasso, Grand C4 Picasso and C3 Picasso, Citroën has built a real success story by asserting itself as one of the leaders in the compact MPV segment. Since 1999, the brand has sold almost 3 million Picassos. Now Citroën is entering a new phase in the sector by revealing the CITROËN TECHNOSPACE concept, which points to the brand's future compact MPV that will be released from the second half of 2013.

A demonstration of Citroën's 'Créative Technologie', the new concept ushers in a new era with:

A record CO2 emissions level of 98g/km, achieved thanks to the new Efficient Modular Platform 2 (EMP2), which features efficient architecture and minimises weight.
Multiple technologies for enhanced comfort, including a full-touch driving interface with a high-definition 12'' panoramic screen.
Previously unseen proportions that combine compact size (length: 4.43m/width: 1.83m/height: 1.61m) with standard-setting interior space and class-leading boot capacity (537 Litres VDA).
Strong, expressive design with dynamic lines and high-tech headlamps complemented by 3D-effect tail lights inspired by the latest Citroën concept cars.

The concept will be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show.


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      IBx27
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm still waiting for them to make the Tubik, that thing was mean!
      Peter Engle
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like it's a pretty serious concept at this point: http://carscoop.blogspot.hu/2013/02/spied-did-citroen-just-pull-nissan-juke.html I quite like the styling especially the surface details in the greenhouse. Wish Citroën would return to North America...
      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      A comfortable people mover that actually has some style is a good idea. It's better than making cars that look performance-oriented but aren't.
      scionxd48
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wonder of this thing might be C4/DS4 based, as the windshield goes ups past the top of the A-pillar, just like the DS4. Perhaps Citroen is planning to make a Technoplace equivalent to the Picasso line for the DS lineup?
      Jobu
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thanks for reminding me about the worst part of visiting Europe; getting a Citroen key fob handed to you at the Avis desk... The last one I rented, which was loaded with tech, made me long for the time I rented a base Camry. Next to the Cit sedan, the base Camry is sexy, soulful, and fun to drive. And folks here complain about Chevrolets???
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jobu
        when was this? about 10 years ago?! just checking.
          Lachmund
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Lachmund
          about a few months ago. a ds3 and it was a pretty brilliant car. with plenty of soul, especially compared to a chevy lol
          Jobu
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Lachmund
          More like 18 months ago. When was the last time you drove one?
      Scott Cole
      • 1 Year Ago
      For once a Citroen that actually not that bad looking, but then again the DS3 lift back (I hate when people call lift backs, hatches, but that another comment) was a winner in my books too. some would argue that the little windows in front of the front doors make the car odd looking or the windows are oddly placed, but more windows = next to nil blind spots. its a good looking small family vehicle.
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scott Cole
        to me about all the citroens in the last 7 years or so were/are among the best looking cars in the business. but hey, taste differs.
          Scott Cole
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Lachmund
          I'm not saying its odd looking, from a practical standpoint this vehicle ROCKS. yeah you can see some Euro-Ford,Toyota, and Volkswagen influnces, but the top is totally citroen. Looking at all the design elements that are there,,,it works,
          Lachmund
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Lachmund
          i agree the tail lights look like straight borrowed from a vw but other than that i find it pretty unique. i especially like the split head lights.
      scionxd48
      • 1 Year Ago
      Another correction to my previous comment, Technospace, not Technoplace.
      • 1 Year Ago
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