In 1980, some five years after Robert Opron had left Citroën for Renault, the Bureau d'Etudes, under the direction of Jean Giret, turned from the soon to be launched BX and concentrated its energies on working on a replacement for the CX. This task was undertaken without the knowledge or approval of Xavier Karcher and therefore without any formal design brief.
The basis on which Giret's team operated was a re-dimensioned CX and the car was fitted with a two piece tailgate allowing a classic boot or hatchback configuration as desired. Frontal treatment was not dissimilar to that of the BX.
Peugeot had made it clear to Citroën that the CX was to be the last "quirky" Citroën. When Art Blakeslee discovered this model, he ordered it to be destroyed - and PSA then imposed its personnel in the Bureau at Vélizy.