Thursday, June 11, 2009

White little oddity

I love the styling of the Xantia, especially the side and rear profile, but sometimes I can't help but notice that the front fascia looks a bit dated compared to it's Peugeot twin, the 406, and I'd told some friends how interesting I think a Xantia would look with a 406's face. Anyone ever noticed I rarely take frontal pics of the Xantia and all you ever see is it's sides and butt on this blog? Well, today I saw that someone has took the concept to reality with the smaller siblings :)

Citroen ZX
Saw this hatch this afternoon. Just a normal ZX, rite?

Citroen ZX
Haha, but what's this? Apparently the owner have swapped the fenders, hood, headlamps, bumper and grille from a Peugeot 306, the ZX's twin, notice that even the Lion badge has been replaced with the Twin Chevrons :)

By the way, you cannot just make every other Citroen look better with a Peugeot face swap though; some, like the XM, are absofarkinglutely PERFECT, untouchable! I just hope I don't see one with a 605 face, XM face on 605 would be as bad!

While I still prefer the 306 hatch compared to the ZX, it does look nicer than original; the 306 and 406 both came out 2 years later compared to the ZX and Xantia respectively, so naturally they look fresher, and I doubt many will notice the not-so-subtle differences, so it probably doesn't attract too much attention, nice! You might see it a bit in the first pic, and the dashboard isn't the ZX piece anymore. I had a quick glance and it is a 406 piece with a late model Xantia steering wheel. It's not mindblowing, but hey, it makes me warm and fuzzy inside knowing that someone out there has such an interest in these french oddities too :)


Vince said...

It probably have the 306 engine in it. As mentioned earlier "transplant of half cut" to replace the broken engine. So i think the owner get a 306 which he may think is better compared to the Citroen's engine. No doubt that Citroen is superior in handling but engine? I do not know. Peugeot on the other hand have better engines, some ppl say la. so now this owner has the best of 2 worlds, i am sure this car can go touge anytime :).

Vince said...

ZX Engine info:
The ZX was initially available as a three or five-door hatchback, while a class-leading five-door station wagon was added to the range in 1993. It was offered with petrol engines from 1.1 L to 2.0 L, as well as three 1.9 L diesel engines including a highly rated turbodiesel, which was one of the best diesel engines in its class[citation needed].

* 1.1 L (1124 cc) TU1 I4, 60 PS (44 kW; 59 hp), 91 N·m (67 lb·ft)
* 1.4 L (1360 cc) TU3 I4, 75 PS (55 kW; 74 hp), 120 N·m (89 lb·ft)
* 1.6 L (1587 cc) TU5 I4, 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp), 135 N·m (100 lb·ft)
* 1.8 L (1761 cc) XU7 I4, 103 PS (76 kW; 102 hp), 153 N·m (113 lb·ft)
* 1.8 L (1761 cc) XU7 I4, 112 PS (82 kW; 110 hp), 155 N·m (114 lb·ft)
* 1.9 L (1905 cc) XU9 I4, 130 PS (96 kW; 128 hp), 170 N·m (125 lb·ft)
* 2.0 L (1998 cc) XU10 I4, 123 PS (90 kW; 121 hp), 176 N·m (130 lb·ft)
* 2.0 L (1998 cc) XU10 I4, 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp), 183 N·m (135 lb·ft)
* 1.4 L (1361 cc) TUD3 diesel I4, 53 PS (39 kW; 52 hp), 82 N·m (60 lb·ft)
* 1.5 L (1527 cc) TUD5 diesel I4, 58 PS (43 kW; 57 hp), 96 N·m (71 lb·ft)
* 1.9 L (1905 cc) XUD9 diesel I4, 65 PS (48 kW; 64 hp), 120 N·m (89 lb·ft)
* 1.9 L (1905 cc) XUD9 diesel I4, 71 PS (52 kW; 70 hp), 125 N·m (92 lb·ft)
* 1.9 L (1905 cc) XUD9 diesel I4, 92 PS (68 kW; 91 hp), 200 N·m (148 lb·ft)

Vince said...

306 Engine info:
Petrol engines:

1.4L 8V 75 PS (74 hp/55 kW) I4
1.6L 8V 90 PS (89 hp/66 kW) I4
1.8L 16V 112 PS (110 hp/82 kW) I4
2.0L 16V 136 PS (134 hp/100 kW) I4 XSi
2.0L 16V 163 PS (161 hp/120 kW) I4 GTi-6

Diesel engines:
1.9L 8V 71 PS (70 hp/52 kW) I4
1.9L 8V 90 PS (89 hp/66 kW) Turbocharged I4

leong soon said...

Haha, I don't know how people come to the conclusion that Peugeots have better engines than the Citroens. If you'd noticed, the ZX has the exact powertrain offerings as that of the 306, with the same output, and that's because both cars use the TU, TUD, XU, & XUD series engines developed by PSA Peugeot Citroen.

Not only are the engines same, but even the suspension setup and dimensions are similar if not exactly the same. Under the skin, it is quite safe to say that a 306 is pretty much a ZX. Talking about skin, the cars are actually designed by people from the same design team too hehe!

Citroen and Peugeot's partnership go a long way and most of their cars are twins, with the odd Fiat, Lancia and maybe even the random Renault and Mitsubishi coming into the mix. Even if the cars are not exactly the same in some cases, you can be sure a lot of parts are shared.

Try to compare these:
Citroen AX - Peugeot 106
Citroen BX - Peugeot 405
Citroen Xantia - Peugeot 406
Citroen XM - Peugeot 605
Citroen C5 Phase I & II - Peugeot 407
Citroen Evasion - Peugeot 806 - Fiat Ulysse - Lancia Zeta

You'll be kinda surprised, that they're all actually the same car, sometimes it doesn't take more than a look beyond the fascia to see the similarities hehe.

Of all these shared platforms, I think perhaps Peugeots look nicer with their more fluid and "normal" styling cues, while Citroen often goes for the queer notchback-like hatch designs, with hydraulics on the larger models, and that's the same hydraulics fitted to Maseratis and Ferraris. I don't think handling in the smaller models will differ much.

Speaking of that, compare the Maserati MC12 and Ferrari Enzo Ferrari. Look at the windshields. Platform sharing ftw :D

leong soon said...

Oh, I forgot to add, most of these cars I mentioned as twins, they share the same chassis too, but I think you should understand that already now hehe!

Vince said...

Yup, i can understand that but if I were the guy, i am gonna put this baby in it :P (stock 161 hp)

2.0L 16V 163 PS (161 hp/120 kW)
I4 GTi-6

leong soon said...

Haha yea, the GTi power plant, thoughts of a 2.0 Turbo or 2.2 HDi in my car still come to haunt me sometimes, that, and a 306 GTI-6, or 106 Rallye.

Too bad we only get the normal nearly bottom-of-the-line models here in Malaysia, and JPJ laws are such bitches, or I'd so seriously build a Xantia coupe (seen the 406 Coupe? drooool) or 405 Turbo 16 GR replica! Dream on T_T