It is the whole line that comes to an end: with the cessation of production of the Citroën Grand C4 SpaceTourer on June 27, the birth of the Citroën Grand C4 Picasso in 2013, the chevrons brand is abandoning part of the minivan, a unit which, after caution. in the beginning, he was very successful. Looking back at the successful saga, hampered by the collapse of sales of a type of car that is no longer successful.
Escape, for space lovers
Citroën’s first small car started in 1994 with a U-program, launched in the late 1980s between PSA and Fiat, which produced twins Peugeot 806, Lancia Zeta, Fiat Ulysse and Citroën Evasion (Synergie on the UK market). Unsure of the benefits of such a program in an area where it is still young (Espace 1984 began slowly commercially before being hit), the two groups also decided to develop a consumer derivative on the basis of minivans: Fiat Scudo, Peugeot Expert. and Citroën Jumpy (Dispatch on the other side of the Channel) were born a few months later. They are produced near Valenciennes in the SEVEL Nord factory.
But Citroen had already experienced a small car test: since the early 1980s, when Matra knocked on the door of the PSA to deliver what would have been a Renault Espace, a model based on the future BX was presented with the Citroen brand. This is a P20 example of Matra. PSA funds are then slammed with the exploitation of Chrysler Europe, which has become Talbot, 205 and BX have not yet saved Group: the rest is known, the future Matra minivan will be Renault.
In 1994, Citroen introduced the Xanae concept car, which promised a better day in terms of design compared to the evasion that was not led and prevented by its partial communities and its cousins and consumer derivatives. Xanae was a direct impetus for Citroen’s first MPV, Xsara Picasso, launched in 1998 and sold in 1999. The Renault Megane Scenic has already become popular on the market, but demand is that rivals, even by the time of arrival, have also arrived. very. success. To the delight of the Picasso family, who receive comfortable royalties for every car sold …
Xsara Picasso is produced by Vigo in Spain but has international specialization and Chinese production in Wuhan and Brazilian production in Porto Real. Cross modifications and unknown derivatives in France are even in the program. But the launch in China in the country of the only child and follower of notchbacks does not end successfully. Especially since the launch color, green, is not associated with optimism as in Europe, but with cuckolds … So interested in studying the market! Xsara Picasso will however be very successful elsewhere and especially in Europe, until it is released along with its successor and until the arrival of the C3 Picasso in 2009.
For its part, the evasion was replaced in 2001 by a small C8 car, from a V-based software that produced a quartet designed by Peugeot 807, Lancia Phedra and Fiat Ulysse II. Slide side doors became electric as an option, V6 set the crown of the column and the appearance of the car provided space for the object according to customer expectations… But Espace was not abandoned and was updated in late 2002. a more sophisticated proposal.
Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer: son of Picasso
New noun names in Citroën in 2000 with the arrival of C5: instead of Xsara is C4. Logically, Xsara Picasso sees his descendants baptized in C4 Picasso. With the Grand C4 Picasso, the first in a row since 2006, the 5-seat version arrived in early 2007. The style is revolutionary, modern and technological, the passenger room appears to be a high-end, airy “Espace 3”. climate controls, front panel of unique panels and elegant full leather option. The shorter version is available even if 4 seats and the rear seats are similar to the front ones in the UK and Germany.
The younger brother C3 Picasso was launched in 2009 (released in late 2008) and bred at a Slovak plant in Trnava. It also contrasts with the highly successful model: Citroën seems to fit the mojo of a small car, previously the Renault park. Brazil will be entitled to a new domestic version and an Aircross version that would have a place in Europe: the SUV wave was just beginning.
2013, PSA group is in trouble again. Salvation will come through the EMP2 platform and the two designs it will launch: the second generation Peugeot 308 and the second generation Citroën C4 Picasso. Its model is being announced by Technospace “fictional car” from the Geneva Motor Show 2013. The 5-seat version is coming out in the summer, the Grand C4 Picasso II in the fall. The C4 Picasso theme is modern, the passenger room maintains a high standard of known quality. Distinguished by its two screens (lower touch screen), it retains a panoramic front screen and is designed for seats with symmetrical styles and a calf resting seat on the front passenger seat.
In 2018, 20 years after Picasso’s name came into use, PSA does not renew the item. SpaceTourer will serve as a name. And the C4 SpaceTourer will therefore be kind of a little brother to the SpaceTourer car. The petrol version of ephemeral 180 hp was launched and then stopped after 4 months, due to the CO2 blend of the PSA group. Then it is the beginning of the end: part, in a constant fall, led Citroën to abandon 5 seats and favor C5 Aircross. It is now the turn of the 7-seat version to disappear after 732,000 units were sold (an additional 335,412 C4 Picasso / SpaceTourer of 5 seats added, which disappeared in 2020). The small Citroen cars are dead, the competition is almost out of place: Renault Grand Scenic and Espace are just a few weeks away, Ford S-Max and Galaxy are the last between the mohicans and the Mercedes B-Class and the BMW Series. 2 Enable Tourer. 20 years after the fleet of minivans flew, who would have believed?
Epilogue: What would the world be like without China?
If the Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer has disappeared, this is not the case with … its Chinese copy! Indeed, since 2017, Sinogold has been releasing an almost identical version of a small French car in Shongdong, China… except that the Sinogold GM3 (formerly called the Sinogold G60, even a copy copied the name change!) . forward and deliver 163 hp and 250 Nm of torque. The Sinogold GM3 model is based on battery options: 300 km for 55 kWh battery and 405 km for 66 kWh battery in the NEDC circuit. Regarding the first official photo of the car, it was Photoshop directly based on the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso!
Photo: Citroën, Car News China, Stellantis Vigo