Peugeot 405 was introduced in 1987 as a 4 door saloon.
Estates became available in 1988, along with the 1.9 Mi16
version with the 160bhp twin cam 16 valve engine.
1991 saw catalysts gradually introduced along with other
detail changes and in 1992. The Mi16 became 2.0 (using
an iron block instead of the previous wet liners, 150
bhp catalyst) and incorporated many new features such
as wasted spark ignition and variable length inlet manifolds.
The 405 is now a bargain family car, being comfortable,
robust and cheap to run. The Mi16 version has superb handling.
All models have independent front suspension and rear
semi-independent trailing arm suspension with torsion
bars. The 4 wheel drive models run a modified rear suspension
which incorporates a self levelling system operated by
hydraulic spheres similar to a Citroen BX.
Production ceased in 1995 to make way for the 406.