The Peugeot 5 series has been key in the development of the 504 and 505 crossover cars, which featured a 4×4 Dangel version with permanent all-wheel drive.
All-wheel drive Peugeot models have gained a reputation in recent years due to their SUV models and sporting successes in events such as the Dakar Rally. The first model to receive this type of traction was the 504 4×4 Dangel.
The Peugeot 5 series has been pivotal in the development of full compression crossover cars. The 504 4×4 Dangle offered permanent all-wheel drive, a limited-slip front differential, and 21-foot ground clearance.
The model was named by its trainer, Henri Dangel, who had the idea to develop an all-wheel drive version of the 504 vehicle. The brand backed this initiative with a strong investment thus becoming the first 4×4 brand in its history.
This model stood out for its reliability, its robustness and its behavior on the road in all types of terrain. This allowed it to be very well received on the African continent where it continues to provide taxi services to many of the continent’s largest cities.
Peugeot Dangel data
Launched in 1981, the Peugeot 504 4×4 Dangel was equipped with a 94 hp 2.0 gasoline engine and a 70 hp 2.3 diesel. Later a 92 hp 2.5 diesel would be added to the range in 1984.
The vehicle was initially offered to companies and institutions such as the French police and fire brigade. Thanks to its success, it was placed in the dealer network and a total of 3,186 units of the pick-up version and 1,442 units of the estate version were sold.
The 504 4×4 Dangal was the first car from the brand to participate in the 1982 Dakar Rally. It was the first step in a saga of 7 wins and 13 podiums in the world’s toughest rally.
Its commercial life ended in 1983 and a new generation based on the Peugeot 505 was launched. Its range of engines included the GTi version’s 128 hp 2.2 and came with a spare wheel on the tailgate and improved features. All areas.
All this DNA and experience is present in the brand’s current models today which are equipped with permanent all-wheel drive.