PARIS -- When it launches across Europe starting in March, Citroens new C3 Picasso is expected to increase the competition in Europes small minivan sector.
The quirky, boxy French challenger is slightly larger than its principal competitors -- Opels Meriva and Renaults Modus -- and distinguishes itself by offering more room for both driver and passengers as well as a much larger luggage area.
Citroen thinks the size and equipment advantages will justify pricing that is slightly above its primary rivals.
The entry-level gasoline-powered C3 Picasso will start at 14,950 in France, which is 160 more than the comparable Meriva and 900 more than the similar Modus.
The C3 Picassos diesel models will range from 16,950 to 22,250, compared with 16,390 to 21,150 for the Meriva and 15,750 to 19,350 for the Modus.