New diesels to join Grand C4 Picasso range, but no Hybrid Air yet
The MPV’s UK sales will be 90% diesel, with launch engines comprising a choice of a single 2.0-litre 150bhp BlueHDI, which will also be used in the DS5, and two older diesel engines with 115 and 90bhp respectively – the latter recording range-best CO2 emissions of 98g/km.
Ahead of the Euro 6 emissions regulations, which come into force for all new cars sold from 1st January 2015, the entry-level units will be replaced with two new BlueHDI units – likely to be the 120bhp unit also set to be fitted to the Peugeot 308, possibly with another underneath. As a result, based on Peugeot’s preliminary figures, CO2 emissions and fuel consumption could be over 10% lower than the 115bhp launch engine.
But, as yet, there are no plans to equip either the five or seven-seat C4 Picasso with the carmaker’s forthcoming Hybrid Air system, which stores energy as compressed air rather than electricity, and uses this to drive the wheels independently or in tandem with a small petrol engine.
An engineer at the company said the system is scalable to include larger air tanks for heavier vehicles, such as the C4 Picasso, but the first models to get the technology will be B-segment MPVs and hatchbacks.
However, the C4 Picasso’s new modular platform is compatible with the new drivetrain, as shown by the concept version of the C4 Cactus C-segment hatch which will join the range later this year.