Citroen goes large

with SpaceTourer MPV

Citroen SpaceTourer, 2016, side
Citroen SpaceTourer, 2016, front
Citroen SpaceTourer, 2016, rear
Citroen SpaceTourer, 2016, sliding doors
Citroen SpaceTourer, 2016, boot
Citroen SpaceTourer, 2016, seats
Citroen SpaceTourer, 2016, nine seat cabin
Citroen SpaceTourer, 2016, interior
Citroen SpaceTourer, 2016, boot maximum

A SUPER-sized MPV with the ability to seat up to nine is on the way from Citroen and will have its debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

The SpaceTourer is based on a stretched platform already used for the C4 Picasso and Grand C4 Picasso yet in long-wheelbase form it is almost as big as Ford Transit.

Citroen has been without a full-sized MPV since the C8 was discontinued in 2010.

Three body styles will be available in the SpaceTourer line up with lengths ranging from 15ft 1ins to 17ft 5ins and all can be configured to seat between five and nine people with plenty of luggage space.

The nine-seater will have a 3+3+3 layout and is designed more for business use as a taxi or shuttle vehicle.

Boot capacity ranges from 1,978 litres for the standard model to 2,932 litres for the long-wheelbase version with an extended rear overhang.

The SpaceTourer will be powered by a range of four diesel engines with power outputs running from 95 to 180 bhp. Fuel economy is said to be between 48.7mpg to 55.4mpg with emissions ranging from 133 to 151g/km.

Despite its van-sized proportions the SpaceTourer is fitted out as a family vehicle and in Feel trim will be available either as a five, seven or eight seater.

While the longer wheelbase versions are bigger than normal MPVs, the short-wheelbase model is more compact and only a fraction longer than the Grand C4 Picasso.

Citroen says that the SpaceTourer has been designed to be manoeuvrable and has a turning circle of between 37 and 40 feet.

Sliding side doors and folding seats are another feature as is a lift up tailgate and an opening rear window to help loading.

Onboard systems include full connectivity, a touchscreen-based dashboard display and a satellite navigation system that can alert the driver to accident blackspots.

There's also a parking camera which can zoom in on potential obstacles while reversing and the option of a head-up display.

The SpaceTourer will have its world premiere in Geneva on March 1. Prices and full specifications are still to be announced.

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