The original 'ZX Collection' was launched in June 1991 with 1.4 and 1.6-litre petrol engines, plus a 1.9-litre injection unit for the sporty Volcane. Buyers chose between Reflex, Avantage, Aura and Volcane trim levels. A 1.9-litre normally aspirated diesel followed in the September of that year and a turbo diesel was launched the following summer.
In the autumn of 1992, three-door models arrived (including a potent 16v 2.0-litre version) and the Volcane's 1.9-litre engine was replaced with a 2.0-litre unit. A so-called 'warm hatch' Furio model, powered by a 1.8-litre petrol engine was announced and the same engine was made available in plusher Aura version of more standard five-door models.
Estate models arrived in May 1994, with a choice of 1.4-litre petrol or 1.9-litre normally aspirated or turbocharged powerplants. There were many special editions, but these are rarely worth much more than £150 over normal book price. The range received airbags and a minor facelift in 1994.
In the autumn of 1996, the range was rationalised, with just two levels of trim - Leader and SX.
The hatchback range was replaced in November 1997 by the stylish new Xsara (pronounced 'Sa-Ra'), though the estates continued into Spring 1998 before they too were replaced by a Xsara version.