It's fair to say the C3 Picasso had some big boots to fill. Citroen's previous offering in this class, the Xsara Picasso sold in absolutely massive numbers, buyers drawn to its strong equipment provision, decent safety record, economical engines and low, low asking price. Replacing it was never going to be easy so Citroen made the transition with two different cars, the slightly smaller C3 Picasso and the slightly larger C4 Picasso.
The C3 Picasso debuted in UK dealers in April 2009, having already been given the big build up by overwhelmingly favourable press reviews. Sales were instantly healthy, with engine choices comprising a 95bhp 1.4-litre and 120bhp 1.6-litre petrol unit and a 1.6-litre HDi diesel engine in either 90 or 110bhp guises. Trim levels ran through VT, VTR+ and range-topping Exclusive.
In November 2010 a limited edition Blackcherry model was slotted into the line up. Based on the VTR+ model and powered by the 1.6HDi 90hp engine, this model featured cherry red and glossy black exterior and interior detailing and black metallic paint. Also included were roof bars, 17-inch cherry red diamond-tipped alloy wheels, air conditioning, cruise control with speed limiter, Connecting Box (USB socket & Bluetooth system), electrically adjustable door mirrors and front electric windows.