Cohort Sighting: Citroen BX – Fastback Meets Squareback

Citroen BX

Cohort and Contributor Mads Jensen posted this shot of a Citroen BX. Here’s his comment: Citroën BX 14 E. Rare to see one of these nowadays. They used to be plentiful here in Denmark but have for the most part succumbed to rust. This is – I believe – the base model which means it’s probably fairly rare in this condition – certainly on this si….  Oops, his comment seems to have ended in mid word. No what did he mean to say? 

Citroen BX mint-green-BX-e1348439230526

I’m sorry, but a more in-depth CC on the BX will have to wait for another day. It was built from 1982 through 1994, a long span for one model. It was of course the replacement for the legendary GS, meaning, a hard act to follow.

Volvo tundra

The very angular design was based on a 1979 concept by the legendary designer Marcello Gandini of Bertone, called the Volvo Tundra. The BX shared a platform with the Peugeot 405, but of course differentiated itself most of all by having the Citroen-typical hydropneumatic suspension.

No more air-cooled flat fours for the BX; it had a number of inline fours from the new PSA family of gas XA, XU and TU engines, in 1360 cc, 1580 cc, and 1904 cc. And the XUD series of diesel engines started in the BX in 1984, in 1.8 and 1.9 L versions.

Citroen BX fq

There were also a number of sporting version made, with both higher performance NA as well as turbo engines. One of these times, we’ll take a closer look. In the meantime, we’ll wait for Mads to finish his sentence.