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Alongside the new C3 facelift, the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso 1.6 THP163 is also being previewed at all Citroen showrooms in Malaysia. Previously offered exclusively with a 2.0 BlueHDi turbodiesel engine, the seven-seat MPV can now be had with a 1.6 litre turbocharged petrol motor.

The direct-injected THP163 engine makes, as advertised, 163 hp and 240 Nm. Matched to a six-speed automatic gearbox, it gets to 100 km/h in 10.0 seconds, has a top speed of 189 km/h and is claimed to average 5.6 litres per 100 km (17.8 km/l). For easy comparison, the 2.0 BlueHDi’s numbers are 10.2 seconds to 100 km/h, 207 km/h top speed and 4.6 l/100 km (21.7 km/l).

Apart from the engine, the rest of the Grand C4 Picasso 1.6 THP163 is as per the earlier diesel variant. You get the same 18-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres, a panoramic roof (with a massive extended front windscreen), an electrically-powered tailgate and keyless entry.

Inside, available equipment includes a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system located below an enormous 12-inch digital instrument cluster, navigation, 360-degree surround view system, reverse camera, dual-zone automatic climate control in front and air vents for the second (pillar-mounted dual-zone blower control) and third rows (roof-mounted single-zone blower control).

For now, the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso 1.6 THP163 carries an estimated price of RM183,000, compared to the 2.0 BlueHDi variant’s RM189,903 (price with insurance). We’ll know more when it’s officially launched soon. For now, you can refer to the full numbers and specifications of the diesel model on

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso 2.0 BlueHDi