It has six cylinders, it’s front-wheel drive, and it carries cloth seats and an automatic transmission.
No, we’re not talking about your grandmother’s 1995 Buick LeSabre — today we’re discussing the stylish and French five-door liftback known as the Citroën XM.
I can recall the very first time I ever saw a Citroën XM. Sitting
at a Parisian café, enjoying an espresso in front of the Zenith, watching Ronin on a VHS tape rented from Blockbuster (look how dated this memory is).
Zooming across my screen in one of the film’s several car chases, the XM looked sleek, fast, and expensive. The car of choice for the bald bad man, the XM took on a protagonist driving an Audi S8. The XM’s V6 and comparatively diminutive size fared well against the beastly V8, Quattro, and general heft of the D2 S8. More on this clip in a moment.
In addition to being a movie star, the XM served the general population of Europe. Introduced for model year 1990, the Bertone-designed XM ran all the way through 2000. The XM competed in Europe’s executive car class against offerings like BMW’s 5 Series and the Mercedes E-Class. Naturally, an estate version was offered alongside the liftback starting in 1991.
Today’s Rare Ride hails from 1994, which was a year of change for the XM. Citroën refreshed the design of cars built in June of 1994 onward, adding revised badging, ground effects, and other trim alterations to the updated styling. Above, one notices Ronin used an original and a facelifted car in that chase. In the beginning, an older XM is shown, with the Citroën chevron logo located on the driver’s side of the grille. Later, when the chase enters the city, the XM is now a newer version, its grille logo centered. (This OCD continuity note brought to you by Corey.)“Too bad,” you’ve said to yourself “the XM was never imported into the United States.” Untrue! A very limited number of XMs were imported by CXA, a company which previously imported the CX25. That liftback was the successor to the DS and predecessor to the XM. The company imported inline-four and V6 XM versions from 1991 through 1997, when new emissions regulation shut down the operation. If you see one on the roads, you’re having a lucky day.Our subject today is interestingly equipped. It features the very largest engine put into any XM — a 3.0-liter V6. I’m sorry to say that it’s the PRV V6 you’ll also find in an Eagle Premier or a DeLorean DMC-12. Parts availability!
Joining the big engine and standard hydropneumatic suspension are excellent looking aero wheel covers. The interior surrounds passengers in tile-patterned grey cloth. There’s plenty of leg and luggage room, as one would expect in a large and comfortable Citroën.This XM, residing in downtown Canada, has just under 37,000 miles on the odometer and can be purchased by locals for $14,900 of their loonies. However, if it’s still on sale next year, an American can drive it right across the border.
[Images via seller]