The Citroen Xsara Picasso is a 5-door compact MPV produced by Citroen from 1999 to 2010. The model was face lifted in 2004 with minor modification to the front design.
At the time of its release, two trim levels were available, LX and SX, with a choice of three four-cylinder engines; a 1.6 and 1.8 litre petrols, and a 2.0 Litre HDI diesel engine, all shared with the smaller Citroen Xsara. A new 1.6 HDI diesel version was launched as part of the revised range in 2004.
The Exclusive trim level was introduced to the UK market in late 2000. The rear seats can be removed to create extensive storage space.
The 1.6 HDI diesel was introduced in 2004. Producing 110 bhp (82 kW; 112 PS) and 240 N·m (177 lb·ft) torque with C02 emissions of 131g/km.
Sales of the Xsara Picasso started to cease in most European markets from 2010 but remained on sale in some until 2012.
The Xsara Picasso was assembled in the PSA plant on Vigo (Spain) and also built in Brazil for the Latin American market since 2001, where it is the top selling car in its class.
The Picasso name was licensed from the family of Pablo Picasso, which created significant international publicity at the time of the car’s launch as not all the Picasso family were happy with the association of the artist’s name with a car when his grand-daughter Marina attempted to sue her uncle Claude in 1999.
Pablo Picasso was originally linked with Citroën in the 1960s when he painted a Citroën DS with the “The wreaths of Peace”.