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 Citroen Xantia


(1999-2001)




The Citroen  Xantia was produced from 1999 to 2001
7 engines from 1.7 to 2.9 liter and power from 90hp to 194hp, are on Histomobile.

Designer : Bertone

Designer : Bertone


Citroen Xantia 

Designed with Italian Bertoni’s collaboration, the Xantia was created at the beginning of 1993. With a bigger body (14.8’ instead of 14.1’), it followed the BX which was created at the end of 1982. Elegant, well proportioned and most importantly of all, very spacious, the Xantia was placed among the best road cars of that time and among the most comfortable ones, especially thanks to its hydro-inflatable suspension. Nevertheless, according to the French car makers’ habits in the 1990s, the equipment was poor and the engines often caused trouble.

Heavier by about 440lbs than the BX (it was better built!), the first Xantia was equipped with a 1.8l engine with 103hp, power windows, centralized locking and a power driver’s seat. You had to warm your arms up before driving or you’d pull a muscle… It was the same for the 1.6l engine (90hp) that came out shortly after the first Xantia ‘s coming out. Fortunately, the production of these poor versions remained light. Moreover, the power driver’s seat system used on the diesel cars (71hp atmo or 92hp turbo) was standard whereas the SX and VSX were a little better equipped: they had, most of the time, higher powered engines (2l gas-fuelled, 8 or 16 valves, 123hp or 155hp). The 2.1l turbo D (110hp, in 1995) and the sympathetic V6 (PSA-Renault, 192hp, in 1997) would be launched as well. The Xantia would be lightly leathered but elegantly restyled at the beginning of 1998 and its size would increase to 15’.
Among the particularities of the Xantia was the Activa system, appearing in 1994 on the 2.0i 16hp then available on the V6 and the 2.1l TD. It was an active anti-rolling which, thanks to jacks, allowed the Xantia to turn on a perfectly flat road. This remarkable system improved driving precision (already very satisfying to begin with) but worsened in the area of comfort when taking curves. Thus, it would not be very successful. Nevertheless, the history of the Xantia is good… even if this estate car never succeeded in raising the sales of the BX. The end of its history would even be a little laborious.
Yet, as time went by, the equipment of the Xantia was improved, the price cut down and, from 1995 onwards, the old engine replaced by a new generation of 16 valves ones. At the end of 1997, this Citroën car would even have the privilege of being the first equipped car with the HDi turbo diesel common rail engine, first in 110hp then in 90hp.
The launching of the C5 in the fall of 2001 scheduled the end of the Xantia.
Nevertheless, the car would still remain on the market … until the arrival of the Peugeot 407 on the production lines of the factory in Rennes, in 2002.


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