The presentation of the Peugeot 605 was held in the autumn of 1989 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but only 1990 came onto the market.
The predecessor of this model is the Peugeot 604.
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Then, in the early 90s, the car became the largest model of the French company. Dimensions Peugeot 605 (4765x1800x1410 mm), wheelbase 2800 mm and a small 10-centimeter ground clearance. Turning radius is no less than 12 meters.
The main "highlight" of the Peugeot 605 was the revolutionary principle of the layout of the body - with the passenger compartment shifted close to the front axle. This decision was called Cab-forward ("transferred forward salon"). A large wheelbase has a positive effect on the smoothness of the ride, placed closer to the center of the car, passengers on uneven roads experience less inconvenience, and the rear wheelchairs removed from the passenger compartment allow you to install the rear sofa a few inches lower, which increases the space above the heads.
The design was developed studio Pininfarina, who managed to make the appearance of the 605-model is quite interesting and bright.
The body has excellent anti-corrosion protection, because all the iron has a double galvanization.
Salon Peugeot 605 is quite spacious, and can comfortably accommodate five people. Even with fully retracted front seats in the back of the couch, you can sit with your legs crossed. Ergonomic performance is also high.
The car also has a roomy trunk of 500 liters, which is also extremely easy to load due to its low board.
Four years after the debut, the Peugeot 605 was upgraded. Restyled models have become more reliable. The level of passive safety has increased and the list of additional equipment has increased.
The car received a slightly modified rear lights, bumpers and a different grille.
On models of the first years of release there were no airbags and pyrotechnic belt tensioners as standard. Not all Peugeot 605 had ABS, as it was listed in the list of additional equipment. However, after upgrading the situation has improved significantly, and the car began to meet all the standards of the time.
There are several types of configuration:
SL - the most simple, with fabric upholstery and the complete absence of any electric drives
SR and SV - as a rule, had electric equipment and a steering wheel adjustable in height and length
SVE - the richest version, appeared after restyling. It was equipped exclusively with a 2.9-liter V6 engine with automatic transmission and often had a leather interior.
Peugeot 605 was equipped with gasoline engines of only two volumes: 2.0 l., Or 3.0 l. But in various modifications. The weakest was the 2.0-liter 8-valve carburetor unit with a capacity of 108 hp. (denoted by XU102C). The same engine, but with a single injection system developed already 114 hp (XU10M), and in the presence of a distributed injection, its power is 121 hp (XU10J2). Then, by the number of horses, there is a 16-valve engine (XU10J4R) with a capacity of 133 hp, and the 8-valve engine with turbocharging (147 hp, denoted as XU10J2TE) is the greasy unit of the 2.0-liter family. ).
For lovers of fast driving, V6 engines are offered.
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There are also diesel versions of the Peugeot 605. One of the aggregates of 2.1 liters. without turbocharging produces only 80 hp (XUD11A). The engine of the same design, but with a turbocharger (XUD11BTE) gives 109 hp already. There is a third diesel engine (DK5 ATE \ L) with a capacity of 2.4 liters and 129 hp.
A few words about the gearbox. On most Peugeot 605 cars there is a 5-speed manual transmission, but there are also instances equipped with a four-speed automatic transmission.
For the first time in the company's history, the rear multi-link independent suspension with single wishbones and double triangular wishbones was used on this model. The front suspension is a classic McPherson with triangular wishbones. Both suspensions are mounted on subframes, in both there are anti-roll bars, the work of which is positively affected by rubber bushings, which provide the so-called steering effect in turns. Thanks to all these features of the suspension device, the "605th" was distinguished by excellent smoothness and reliable stability on the roads.
The next, and last, stage of rejuvenation of the Peugeot 605 was 1997, when the Pleade package bundle appeared as the base. Further, according to the degree of ascent, there were modifications of Executive, SV and Signature. All of them included a fairly good list of equipment: power windows, electric exterior mirrors, a sunroof, air conditioning, and an anti-theft system installed at the factory. In addition, the last three versions from the inside began to trim with natural leather.
In 1999, the Peugeot 605 was replaced by a new flagship under the symbol 607.