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Body style: Hatchback
Segment: Medium

The Citroen BX was the car that saved the Citroen brand from collapse.

After the 1986 refresh, in 1989 there was a new range of engines installed in the car, to cope with the market requirements.

The Citroen BX was built to replace the aged GSA model. Its design was created by Marcello Gandini from Bertone Studios. It was the same designer that shaped the Lamborghini Countach. The initial design was offered in 1979 to Volvo as a concept car named Tundra, but the Sweedish company thought it was too much for that era. Citroen bought the project and asked Bertone to make it a 4-door hatchback. And the “origami-design” was approved and appreciated by the Peugeot-Citroen board.

In 1989 the BX received a new design for wheel-caps and door handles. It featured the same straight-lines design, with angular greenhouse and sharp front-end. The transverse-engine architecture allowed the engines to be mounted tilted rearward so it could have a narrow front end.

Inside, the instrument cluster was cluttered with more dials, especially for the top versions that featured an electronic fuel-injection system. But it was still easy to read. The side-satellites for the turn-signals were replaced with regular stalks. Even though the car was considered as a medium-sized vehicle, it was cramped even by 1982 standards when the car was shown. In 1989 it was even more difficult.

There were few new engines installed for the 1989 model, but the most important improvement was the introduction of the all-wheel-drive system with the 1.9-liter gasoline engine.

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CITROEN BX 1989 - 1993
  5 gasoline engines
  • 1.4 5MT (75 HP)
  • 1.6 5MT (90 HP)
  • 1.9 5MT (148 HP)
  • 1.9 5MT AWD (109 HP)
  • 1.9 5MT AWD (122 HP)
  1 diesel engine
  • 1.9 TD 5MT AWD (71 HP)

CITROEN BX 1.4 5MT (75 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.4 5MT (75 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1360 cm3
Power
55 KW @ 6200 RPM
75 HP @ 6200 RPM
74 BHP @ 6200 RPM
Torque
80 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
109 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Monopoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
105.7 mph (170 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
13.3 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
165/70R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
166.9 in (4239 mm)
Width
66.1 in (1679 mm)
Height
53.5 in (1359 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.5/53.5 in (1,410/1,359 mm)
Wheelbase
104.7 in (2659 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.6 cuFT (442 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.34
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2030.5 lbs (921 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3009.3 lbs (1365 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
17.7 mpg US (13.3 L/100Km)

CITROEN BX 1.6 5MT (90 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6 5MT (90 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1580 cm3
Power
66 KW @ 6400 RPM
90 HP @ 6400 RPM
89 BHP @ 6400 RPM
Torque
94 lb-ft @ 3000 RPM
128 Nm @ 3000 RPM
Fuel System
Monopoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
108.1 mph (174 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
11.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
165/70R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
166.9 in (4239 mm)
Width
66.1 in (1679 mm)
Height
53.5 in (1359 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.5/53.5 in (1,410/1,359 mm)
Wheelbase
104.7 in (2659 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.6 cuFT (442 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.34
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2142.9 lbs (972 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3168 lbs (1437 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
30.5 mpg US (7.7 L/100Km)

CITROEN BX 1.9 5MT (148 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.9 5MT (148 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1905 cm3
Power
109 KW @ 6400 RPM
148 HP @ 6400 RPM
146 BHP @ 6400 RPM
Torque
122 lb-ft @ 3000 RPM
166 Nm @ 3000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
132.4 mph (213 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
195/60VR14
DIMENSIONS
Length
166.9 in (4239 mm)
Width
66.1 in (1679 mm)
Height
53.5 in (1359 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.5/53.5 in (1,410/1,359 mm)
Wheelbase
104.7 in (2659 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.6 cuFT (442 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.34
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2347.9 lbs (1065 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3384.1 lbs (1535 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
25.8 mpg US (9.1 L/100Km)

CITROEN BX 1.9 5MT AWD (109 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.9 5MT AWD (109 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1905 cm3
Power
80 KW @ 6000 RPM
109 HP @ 6000 RPM
107 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
117 lb-ft @ 3000 RPM
158 Nm @ 3000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
117.4 mph (189 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.7 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
175/65R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
166.9 in (4239 mm)
Width
66.1 in (1679 mm)
Height
53.5 in (1359 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.5/53.5 in (1,410/1,359 mm)
Wheelbase
104.7 in (2659 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.6 cuFT (442 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.34
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2211.2 lbs (1003 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3262.8 lbs (1480 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
27 mpg US (8.7 L/100Km)

CITROEN BX 1.9 5MT AWD (122 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.9 5MT AWD (122 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1905 cm3
Power
90.5 KW @ 6000 RPM
123 HP @ 6000 RPM
121 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
111 lb-ft @ 3000 RPM
150 Nm @ 3000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
121.8 mph (196 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/60HR14
DIMENSIONS
Length
166.9 in (4239 mm)
Width
66.1 in (1679 mm)
Height
53.5 in (1359 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.5/53.5 in (1,410/1,359 mm)
Wheelbase
104.7 in (2659 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.6 cuFT (442 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.34
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2226.7 lbs (1010 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3329 lbs (1510 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
19.8 mpg US (11.9 L/100Km)
Highway
33.1 mpg US (7.1 L/100Km)
Combined
25.3 mpg US (9.3 L/100Km)

CITROEN BX 1.9 TD 5MT AWD (71 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.9 TD 5MT AWD (71 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1905 cm3
Power
52 KW @ 4600 RPM
71 HP @ 4600 RPM
70 BHP @ 4600 RPM
Torque
89 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
120 Nm @ 2000 RPM
Fuel System
Indirect Injection
Fuel
Diesel
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
102.5 mph (165 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
16.3 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
165/70TR14
DIMENSIONS
Length
166.9 in (4239 mm)
Width
66.1 in (1679 mm)
Height
53.5 in (1359 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.5/53.5 in (1,410/1,359 mm)
Wheelbase
104.7 in (2659 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.6 cuFT (442 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.34
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2224.5 lbs (1009 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3306.9 lbs (1500 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
32.7 mpg US (7.2 L/100Km)
Highway
46.1 mpg US (5.1 L/100Km)
Combined
36.8 mpg US (6.4 L/100Km)
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