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Arguably the most convincing of Peugeot's mid-sized 406 range was the HDI diesel

30 Apr 2002

A WILLING turbo-diesel engine adds to both the character and bottom-line running costs of Peugeot's 406. The spacious, smooth-riding and deft-handling European mid-size sedan (and wagon) has been around for more than six years but it has aged well and still cuts a fine figure on the road. The turbo-diesel HDi may lack the smooth, silent nature of the V6 version, but compensates with astounding economy and surprising performance. Widening the appeal, an automatic transmission is now available for both turbo-diesel sedan and wagon models.

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Model release date: 1 August 1999 to 1 August 2004

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Peugeot 405 SRDT sedan

Released: February 89
Ended: September 96
Family Tree: 406

THE immediate predecessor to Peugeot's current (D9) 406 sedan was the 405, first released Down Under in February 1989. Four years later the 405 sedan was offered with turbo-diesel power, which also graced the 405 wagon in 1995 (both models known as SRDTs). The new generation 406 appeared here in September 1996, with the coupe launched in October 1997. Both models were superseded by the facelifted D9 version in August 1999, while an optional automatic transmission was offered in the turbo-diesel ST HDi sedan (and reintroduced wagon) from June 2001.

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