Citroen is now strengthening the Xsara range with the addition of the highly acclaimed and ultra-efficient 1.4 HDi diesel engine, together with a number of purposeful styling enhancements both outside and in, as the model sharpens up for 2003.
The introduction of the 70hp 1.4 HDi unit in 5-door LX trim allows Xsara buyers to experience the quiet, comfort and remarkable economy offered by these latest generation direct injection diesel engines. Drivers can be rewarded with some 63mpg in everyday driving, while a CO2 emissions figure of just 120g/km places the new model in the lowest VED taxation band, which is sure to have considerable appeal, especially among fleet buyers.
The new model can reach a top speed of 102mph but, more importantly, it provides generous pulling power low down the rev band with maximum torque of 118 Ib.ft reached at just 2,000 rpm. The 1.4 HDi LX is available for £10,595, including Citroen’s current cashback offer, and will complement the highly acclaimed 2.0 litre common rail engines already fitted in the range, all of which will help the Xsara build on the 1.4 million models it has sold worldwide to date.
The Xsara’s looks have also been subtly revised to bring its appearance right up to date. A redesigned front bumper includes fog lights as standard and a grille with chrome inserts. The Xsara’s cabin benefits from a brighter feel, with a lighter coloured dashboard and the use of new upholstery and trim, whilst numerous aluminium or chrome effect touches now feature on the sills, vents, dials and other areas depending on model.
Despite these enhancements, prices for the Xsara range start from just £9,495 for the 1.4i LX petrol version, a figure which includes Citroen’s current £1,000 cashback offer which is available on all Xsara models until 31st March. All of which comes at a time when interest in the range has been heightened thanks to the incredible Citroen Xsara WRC 1-2-3 win in the first round of the new World Rally Championship season in Monte Carlo.Published 29 January 2003