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Body style: Hatchback
Segment: Mini

Citroen tried to develop a new vehicle to replace the aging 2CV, and the Visa seemed to be the perfect answer for that.

In some way, it did, since it managed to sell in high numbers and in a few shapes.

By the late '70s, Citroen already knew that the hatchbacks were on the rise. Volkswagen already proved that with the boxy-looking Golf, and Honda also did well with the Civic. The French brand, on the other hand, relied on the Ami lineup to compete in the segment, and it was not doing it too well simply because that car had an unusual, rather ugly, design. And then, the Visa came.

Even though it sported a boxy design, the narrow front end, and the slightly curved body panels were a delight, at least compared to the Ami. Moreover, the carmaker ditched the oval-shaped headlights and replaced them with rectangular ones. Due to the fact that it featured air-cooled engines, it didn't need a large grille, so a smaller one was put in place. From the sides, the four-door version featured flush door handles. At the back, the raked-forward tailgate allowed for easy loading of luggage into the trunk.

The interior was cramped for the rear seats but very generous for the front passengers, thanks to the small engine placed in front of the gearbox. An unusual dashboard design led to a pair of side stacks next to the instrument cluster, one of them featuring the turn signal switches.

Under the hood, the carmaker placed a small range of flat engines, starting with a two-cylinders. As an option, the carmaker added a flat-four powerplant that provided an even better fuel efficiency than its smaller displacement engine.

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CITROEN Visa 1978 - 1981
  2 gasoline engines
  • 0.7L 4MT (36 HP)
  • 1.1L 4MT (57 HP)

CITROEN Visa 0.7L 4MT (36 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  0.7L 4MT (36 HP)
Cylinders
B2
Displacement
652 cm3
Power
26 KW @ 5500 RPM
35 HP @ 5500 RPM
35 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
38 lb-ft @ 3500 RPM
51 Nm @ 3500 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
10.6 gallons (40.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
77 mph (124 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
26.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
135SR13
DIMENSIONS
Length
145.3 in (3691 mm)
Width
59.4 in (1509 mm)
Height
55.5 in (1410 mm)
Front/rear Track
50.8/48.8 in (1,290/1,240 mm)
Wheelbase
95.7 in (2431 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.2 in (132 mm)
Cargo Volume
10.6 cuFT (300 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1620.4 lbs (735 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2347.9 lbs (1065 kg)

CITROEN Visa 1.1L 4MT (57 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.1L 4MT (57 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1124 cm3
Power
41 KW @ 6250 RPM
56 HP @ 6250 RPM
55 BHP @ 6250 RPM
Torque
58 lb-ft @ 3000 RPM
79 Nm @ 3000 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
10.6 gallons (40.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
89.5 mph (144 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
16.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
135SR13
DIMENSIONS
Length
145.3 in (3691 mm)
Width
59.4 in (1509 mm)
Height
55.5 in (1410 mm)
Front/rear Track
50.8/48.8 in (1,290/1,240 mm)
Wheelbase
95.7 in (2431 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.2 in (132 mm)
Cargo Volume
10.6 cuFT (300 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1763.7 lbs (800 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2667.6 lbs (1210 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
30.5 mpg US (7.7 L/100Km)
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