The Bertone-designed Citroën BX is one of the quintessential cars of the 1980s: Unabashedly boxy and available with a host of high-tech gizmos like an on-board computer and a digital instrument cluster (offered exclusively in the 19 Digit), it was the poster child of futuristic cars when it landed in showrooms across Europe in late 1982.
The BX is also a symbol of Peugeot’s takeover of Citroën. While the GSA, the car the BX was tasked with replacing, was powered by a purpose-designed air-cooled flat-four engine, the BX relied on a panoply of Peugeot-sourced four-cylinder gas- and diesel engines that were mounted transversally and often tilted backwards towards the firewall. Its chassis formed the basis of the Peugeot 405 which was introduced in 1987 and briefly offered in the United States shortly after.
The BX broke with the past in nearly every way and it was even offered in a variety of performance-focused models like the Sport, the GT and the GTi.
The transition into the 1990s was painful. The adoption of a massive rear spoiler, smoked tail lamps and new trim levels like “Millesime” did little to help its cause, and its main selling point became the unparalleled level of comfort provided by the hydraulic suspension, one of the only points it shared with the GSA. Replaced by the Xantia, the BX was phased out in 1994 after over two million examples were built.
There are BX enthusiasts out there but the hatchback is largely considered a throwaway car and most are driven into the ground, junked or sold for parts for a handful of euros.
Will the BX gradually fade out of memories and disappear from roads like the GS/GSA has, or will it eventually go back up and become sought-after by vintage car enthusiasts?