1986 CitroŽn BX article about the facelifted range
BX is continuing its evolution. The whole line, all 22 versions (with
seven motors from 60 to 125 hp) is receiving some coach work
modifications and a renovated interior (new instrument panel, refitted
Beginning July 1, 1986, all the BX models are benefitting from inside and outside modifications.
THE STYLE IS ASSERTING ITSELF
The work on the outside appearance of the BX models has moved them
toward a still more definite aesthetic. The line has been made richer
in the sense of balance, power and quality.
The coachwork has been slightly remodelled front and back, particularly
the broadening of the front and rear wings, the new front turning
signals, protruding on the sides, more encompassing front and rear
bumper guards colour imbued (the station wagons keep the model 1986
rear bumper guard), a pebble guard on the front part of the rear wings,
new outside rear view mirrors (mechanical or electrical control
according to the version), door inside lined with sound insulating
sheets. Since the beginning of the year, all the metal coachwork (with
the exception of the roof which is not vulnerable) is of hot galvanized
sheet, which provides a radical corrosion protection.
A NEW PASSENGER COMPARTMENT
inside modifications are much more extensive. They include a new
instrument panel, a new set of round dials, controls on shanks
positioned under the steering wheel (replacing the “satellites”)
performing the following functions: to the left, horn and headlight
flasher, turning signal control with steering wheel slaving, parking
lights, low beams, high beams; to the right windscreen washer-wiper,
two speeds, with intermittence. New switches are located on the
instrument panel vizor, controlling the rear window heater, the rearfog
lights, the rear window wiper-washer and distress signal.
switches for the electric window regulators located in the front door
panels, a new single branch steering wheel, new door panel composition,
many storage spaces have been provided.
new engines (diesel 1769 cc and petrol 1905 cc with electronic
injection) and five new versions for the BX 1987 line. Among them, a
top of the line “Touring Sedan” : the BX 19 GTi.
Two new engines appear
at the two extremes of the BX line: a 1769cc diesel XUD7 engine which
is designed for 60 hp at 4600 rpm with a torque of 11 m.kg at 2000 rpm,
which is installed on the BX D(it is distinguished from the other BX
diesels by its engine, its transmission and its finish work); a 1905 cc
petrol X U engine with electronic injection which is designed for 125
hp at 5500 rpm with a torque of 17.8 m.kg at 4500 rpm. This engine is
installed in the BX 19 GTi.
FIVE NEW VERSIONS
total of five new versions fill out the 1987 model year line which now
has 22 versions, 14 berlines, based on 5 levels of finish work and 7
engines (5 petrol and 2 diesel), plus 8 estate cars, based on 3 levels
of finish and 4 engines (3 petrol and l diesel).
The BX 19 TRS,
equipped with the 1905 cc engine, designed for 105 hp at 5600 rpm,
replaces the BX l9 GT, with different finish work; as an option, it can
take the 4 speed automatic transmission which, to within one speed, is
the same as the one installed on the BX 16 and on the BX 19 TRD. This
option is also available on the BX TRS estate.
The BX 16 and the BX 19 RD are added to the BX 16 RS, BX 16 TRS and BX 19 TRD from which they differ by the finish work.
the undisputed star of the BX line is the newcomer at the very top of
the pyramid: the BX 19 GTi, a “Touring Sedan” lithe, responsive, fast
and reliable, with remarkable road behaviour and corresponding comfort.
Its style and its stateliness fit the rise of the BX line
wonderfully. The vigour of its engine provides brilliant performance
(0-400 m .- 16.4 seconds, 0-1000 m.- 30.5 seconds, 0 to 100 kph .- 8.9
seconds, maximum speed 198 kph.
The suspension was adapted to the
vehicle’s performance (flexibility, shock absorbing, diameters of
anti-roll bars) and it has an optional system for preventing wheel lock