The mini MPV is about to get some Cactus traits.

Small crossovers are all the rage these days in Europe, but Citroën is confident the MPV still has a well-defined market which is why it’s gearing up to introduce the next iteration of its C3 Picasso. The outgoing model facelifted in 2012 is not what you would call an attractive car, but at least we have to give credit to PSA for coming out with an original design.

As for the new one, it seems to be funky despite being clad in camouflage and we already have an idea of how it will look like by checking out the recently introduced C3 supermini. It appears to be sitting a bit taller, most likely as an attempt to lure in buyers that would normally go for a subcompact crossover.

It’s shaping up to be more eccentric than the 2017 Opel Meriva with which it will share most of the hardware, but not the engines. Instead, the C3 Picasso will use PSA’s units whereas the Meriva will likely get them from the Astra. Both boxy MPVs will be motivated by an assortment of three- and four-cylinder engines, all of which will obviously be turbocharged.

We will likely see the new C3 Picasso at the forthcoming Paris Motor Show where it will share the spotlight with the regular C3 and the stunning Cxperience Concept unveiled just a few hours ago. Sales should kick off either by the year's end or the beginning of 2017.

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