The new range-topping 3.0i V6 Exclusive costing £28,980 on the road - down from £31,050 - sees power boosted from 170bhp to 194bhp and a top speed of 143mph (136mph) and also features the same intelligent auto-adaptive gearbox already in the Citroen Xantia. In addition to increases in power, torque and performance, the new XM V6 Exclusive also becomes the first Citroen to feature side airbags.
The improved specification also includes air conditioning, cruise control, computer controlled self-levelling suspension, electrically adjusted and heated seats, leather upholstery, alloy wheels, and a CD player. As well as the new V6, the Exclusive trim level is available with a choice of 2.1 automatic or 2.5 manual turbo diesel engines. With the axing of SX trim levels all XM models are now badged either VSX or Exclusive with VSX models gaining around £2,000 worth of additional standard equipment whilst prices are reduced by around £200 on petrol models.