|Production||1996–2004 (France, United Kingdom)
1997–2003 (Italy, coupé)
|Assembly||Sochaux, France (Sochaux Plant)
Ryton, United Kingdom (Ryton Plant)
Val di Sangro, Italy
Cairo, Egypt (AAV)
|Designer||Laurent Rossi (sedan) 1991
Davide Arcangeli and Lorenzo Ramciotti at Pininfarina (coupé)
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Large family car / Mid-size|
|Body style||4-door sedan
5-door station wagon
|Engine||1.6 L I4 (petrol)
1.8 L I4 (petrol)
2.0 L I4 (petrol)
2.0 L I4 turbo (petrol)
2.2 L I4 (petrol)
2.9 L V6 (petrol)
1.9 L I4 (diesel)
2.0 L I4 (diesel)
2.1 L I4 (diesel)
2.2 L I4 (diesel)
|Wheelbase||2,700 mm (106.3 in)|
|Length||4,555 mm (179.3 in) (sedan)
4,736 mm (186.5 in) (wagon)
4,615 mm (181.7 in) (coupé)
|Width||1,764 mm (69.4 in) (sedan)
1,760 mm (69.3 in) (wagon)
1,780 mm (70.1 in) (coupé)
|Height||1,396 mm (55.0 in)|
The Peugeot 406 is a large family car made by the French automaker Peugeot from 1996 to 2004. Available in saloon, estate and coupé bodystyles with a choice of petrol or turbodiesel engines, the 406 replaced the Peugeot 405 in Peugeot's lineup, and was itself replaced by the Peugeot 407. It used the same platform as the Citroën Xantia, though without that car's sophisticated hydropneumatic suspension system.
The styling of the 406 is heavily influenced by its predecessor, the 405, which began to be phased out from the 406's launch in September 1996, and eventually finished production in Europe in 1998, when the last estate models were discontinued. United Kingdom sales of the 406 began in February 1997. 
Initially, the car was available with 1.8 L and 2.0 L petrol and 1.9 L turbodiesel engines, followed by a 110 bhp 2.1 L turbodiesel, turbocharged 2.0 L and 3.0 L petrol (2946cc) V6 engines. The diesel versions were very popular, and the 406 became one of Europe's best-selling diesel-powered cars.
The 2-door coupé was both designed and manufactured by Italian design studio Pininfarina, with choices of a 2.0 L 4-cylinder engine or a 3.0 L V6, and from 2001, a 2.2 L HDi diesel engine. On later models, a 2.2 L petrol engine was available. Total of 107,633 coupés were made.
For its final year on sale in the United Kingdom, the model was simply called the Peugeot Coupé, with the 406 branding dropped from the name.
In 2002, a Peugeot 406 HDi set the world record for the longest distance driven on a single tank of fuel. The car travelled across Australia between Melbourne to Rockhampton, with a total distance of 2,348 km.  
Knock-down kit versions of the car were also built at the Yontrakit Industrial Factory in Lad Krabang, Bangkok, Thailand.
|Displacement||Power / rpm||Torque / rpm||Years|
|1.6||XU5 JP (BFZ)||4 / 8||1.580 cc||88 PS (65 kW; 87 hp) / 6.000||130 N·m (96 lb·ft) / 2.600||1996–1997|
|1.8||XU7 JB||4 / 8||1.761 cc||90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) / 5.000||147 N·m (108 lb·ft) / 2.600||1997–1999|
|1.8||XU7 JP4||4 / 16||1.761 cc||112 PS (82 kW; 110 hp) / 5.500||155 N·m (114 lb·ft) / 4.250||1996–2000|
|1.8||EW7 J4||4 / 16||1.749 cc||117 PS (86 kW; 115 hp) / 5.500||160 N·m (120 lb·ft) / 4.000||1999–2004|
|2.0||XU10 J4R||4 / 16||1.998 cc||132 PS (97 kW; 130 hp) / 5.500||180 N·m (130 lb·ft) / 4.200||1996–2000|
|2.0||EW10 J4 (RFN)||4 / 16||1.997 cc||136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp) / 6.000||190 N·m (140 lb·ft) / 4.100||1999–2003|
|2.0||EW10 J4 (RFR)||4 / 16||1.997 cc||139 PS (102 kW; 137 hp) / 6.000||197 N·m (145 lb·ft) / 4.100||1999–2000|
|2.0 HPI||EW10 D||4 / 16||1.997 cc||140 PS (100 kW; 140 hp) / 6.000||192 N·m (142 lb·ft) / 4.000||2001–2004|
|2.0 Turbo||XU10 J2TE||4 / 8||1.998 cc||147 PS (108 kW; 145 hp) / 5.300||235 N·m (173 lb·ft) / 2.500||1997–1999|
|2.2||EW12 J4||4 / 16||2.231 cc||158 PS (116 kW; 156 hp) / 5.650||217 N·m (160 lb·ft) / 3.900||1999–2003|
|2.9 V6||ES9 J4||6 / 24||2.946 cc||193 PS (142 kW; 190 hp) / 5.500||267 N·m (197 lb·ft) / 4.000||1997–2000|
|2.9 V6||ES9 J4S||6 / 24||2.946 cc||211 PS (155 kW; 208 hp) / 6.000||285 N·m (210 lb·ft) / 3.750||1999–2003|
|1.9 TD||XUD9 TE/Y||4 / 8||1.905 cc||90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) / 4.000||196 N·m (145 lb·ft) / 2.250||1995–1999|
|2.0 HDi||DW10 TD||4 / 8||1.997 cc||90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) / 4.000||205 N·m (151 lb·ft) / 1.900||1999–2003|
|2.0 HDi||DW10 ATED||4 / 8||1.997 cc||109 PS (80 kW; 108 hp) / 4.000||250 N·m (180 lb·ft) / 1.750||1999–2004|
|2.1 TD||XUD11 BTE||4 / 12||2.088 cc||109 PS (80 kW; 108 hp) / 4.300||250 N·m (180 lb·ft) / 2.000||1995–1999|
|2.2 HDi||DW12 TED4||4 / 16||2.179 cc||133 PS (98 kW; 131 hp) / 4.000||314 N·m (232 lb·ft) / 2.000||2001–2003|
||This section possibly contains original research. (January 2010)|
The facelifted 406 sedan was introduced in 1999 and safety, strength and speed enhancements resulted in improved Euro NCAP performance. Where the old 406 had one star and a struck off star, the post facelift models gained 3 stars. The changes included the new and improved EW/DW Engine Family HDI with greater power, torque and fuel efficiency along with increased refinement, making it comparatively quiet for a diesel. A downside was an increase in the car's insurance group from 9 to 12.
The exterior look was amended as the 406 featured more pronounced ribs, clear headlights, chrome trim and a new honeycomb grill. The rear lights were finished in red with a strip of the car's paint colour across the centre.
The interior was also redesigned to improve comfort and space. New equipment included automated digital climate control/air conditioning on most models except the most basic and a multi-function display for warning messages, trip computer, radio and external temperature. There was a more extensive use of wooden trim, better quality plastics, including soft touch plastics, and in addition some models received electrically folding mirrors, with automatic headlights and wipers. The top-of-the-range Executive model was specified a 10 speaker JBL sound system, electrically adjusted and heated leather seats, a memory position for the seats and mirrors, headlight washer jets, a rear sun blind, thicker carpeting, lights in the sun visors, satellite navigation and ambient lighting.
406 ended production in 2004.
The 406 saloon was featured in the French Taxi movie series. In Taxi the 406 has a modified 3.0 V6 capable of tremendous speed and a pop-out front and rear spoiler. Taxi 2 featured the facelifted 406 which also had pop-out spoiler but with a different front bumper,and wings to aid aerial movement, such as when the car "jumps" over French army tanks when racing against Mitsubishi Lancer Evolutions of the Japanese Yakuza. In the movie it is capable of reaching a top speed of 306 km/h (190 mph). In Taxi 3, the 406 is further upgraded to be able to travel in icy terrain. The fourth movie Taxi 4 features a 407 instead. More gadgets and pop-out spoilers were added.
A Peugeot 406 also featured heavily in the 1998 action film Ronin, which is noted for its car chase scenes. The car was driven in the final car chase throughout the streets of Paris by the main protagonists, Robert De Niro and Jean Reno.
The 406 coupe featured in the French movie Le Boulet (2002), in which the coupé is the main vehicle in a police chase through Paris.
The 406 was awarded 1997 What Car? Car of the Year and 1997 & 2001 Caravan Club Towcar of the Year as well as being awarded Semperit Irish Car of the Year for 1998, however, it lost out by a narrow margin of 15 points in the 1999 European Car of the Year award to the Fiat Bravo/Brava.
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