In many brands they have been working hard to bring the greatest security and comfort to their users. To do this, they have been focused on incorporating new innovations and technologies into the interior of their vehicles. Citroen has been true to its principles and for this, in each of the models that have been introducing new materials that have offered the best benefits to users.
This is what happened in the Xantia, the model that was the basis of the current Citroen C5 X. It was a model that was the reference in terms of road behaviour and ride comfort by combining the latest advances in electronics with all citroën’s experience in terms of hydropneumatic ground joints. To do this, they incorporated a unique suspension model.
The hydroactive suspension offered the comfort and performance of hydropneumatic suspensions, with advantages such as constant height of the body to the ground that could be placed in the positions “Road”, “Roads” and “Great Obstacles”, and added the possibility of choosing a Sporty or Comfort behavior. All this was complemented by a self-directing rear axle, with a third sphere on each axle. This allowed the trajectory of the wheels to be modified by up to 3 degrees, offering great stability and grip in curves.
In the Xantia Activa it was raised as the top of the range, achieving that with a v6 engine of 24 valves and 1,946 cm3 of displacement capable of developing 194 hp, It debuted a revolutionary anti-roll system in curves, which acted on the stabilizer bar pressing it in the turns and releasing it in straight sections. All this allowed it to be the only model that was able to turn flat without the help of the inclination of the body.
The Xantia included the practicality of a tailgate, turning it into a five-door. A very frequent structure in the models of the brand since then. Aerodynamics played an important role, with a Cx coefficient of 0.3. In 1997, the Xantia underwent a redesign in which a new look was given to its front: hood, calender and bumper, in addition to reinforcing its active and passive safety, with novelties such as the side airbag.