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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Peugeot Landtrek pick-up introduced late in 2021 sees the first Peugeot bakkie on sale here since the late 1970s! For now just two double-cab pick-ups are available, but plans are in place to introduce single-cab variants too.

 The Landtrek is based on the Changan Kaicheng F70 pick-up built in China and in Peugeot guise is distinguished by a bold grille with strong Peugeot DNA, which naturally includes the famous Peugeot lion badging. 

The last Peugeot bakkie available here was the 404 pick-up, sold in the mid-to-late 1970s. Prior to that the 403 bakkie made a good name for Peugeot  in South Africa, and both these bakkies were available with diesel engines. The Peugeot 504 pick-up never made it here, as by that stage the Peugeot brand was owned by the Sigma motor corporation, which marketed the established Mazda B Series bakkie at the time.

The new Landtrek comes with a 1,9-litre 4-cylinder turbodiesel engine, producing 110 kW and 350 Nm of torque between 1 800 and 2 600 rpm. A six-speed automatic gearbox, courtesy of Borg Warner, is standard, and now manual versions are available at present.

The two models are the Landtrek 4×2 Allure at R579 900 and the 4×4 Landtrek 4Action at R669 900. The price includes a five-year/100 000 km warranty and service plan schemes. The pricing is a little on the high side and the feeling is Peugeot could have made a bigger impact with lower initial pricing, considering its new bakkie is up against some very established brands.

In appearance, the 4×4 model, known as the 4Action is instantly distinguishable by 18-inch alloy wheels while the Allure model runs 17-inch alloys.

Inside, full leather trim is the big difference in the 4Action model, which also features a rotary dial to select 2H, 4H and 4L drive modes, obviously absent in the 4×2 Allure model.

Both models have a 10-inch touch screen, but the more-expensive 4Action enjoys a 360° camera system, on-board navigation, six-way electrically-adjustable seats for driver and front passenger (with lumbar support adjustment) and a mechanical diff lock for the rear axle.

On pull-off, some turbo-lag was noticeable on both models, but once into the power-band, acceleration was more than acceptable. The engine note is quite audible in the cabin, but the sound, for a diesel, is quite pleasant. The six-speed automatic’s ratios are well-chosen, and the Landtrek cruises effortlessly at the 120 km/h speed limit and above.

The ride is a little firm over some tar road surfaces, not as car-like as the top models, say, in the Ford Ranger- or VW Amarok range, but it is not uncomfortable. The overall feeling is one of a very well-built vehicle, and throughout our launch experience at the ADA off-road course near Hartbeespoort Dam, we were impressed with the torsional rigidity.

Off-road in the 4Action model in low range, more than enough power was on tap for serious obstacles at crawl speeds. The 4×4 model also features hill-start assist which worked perfectly, along with hill descent. Traction via the four-wheel-drive system was excellent.

On the faster dirt-roads we experienced that day the Landtrek’s ride-quality really comes into its own. The vehicle dealt effortlessly with bumps of the hold-your-breath variety, as well as ruts and wash-away ripples. The low-geared steering proved to be a boon in off-road driving, with no surface-shock transferred through to the steering wheel.

From an accommodation point of view, there is good rear leg and head room available, and the load bay is one of the biggest offerings on the double-cab market. It measures 1,6 by 1,6 metres in size, and the Landtrek has a maximum payload capability of 1 085 kg, which is good for the double-cab market. Maximum towing capability is 3 000kg, so caravaners should enjoy this modern-era Peugeot bakkie.

Overall, the impression of the Peugeot Landtrek is not cutting-edge, or super-luxury, but one of a very well-put-together double cab bakkie. It inspires a feeling of trust thanks to its rigid build-quality, and the way its transmission, off-road systems and electronic safety systems behave.  It also comes with six-airbags on both variants, and traction control and corner-assist is fitted to both the Allure and 4Action models.

 

By Stuart Johnson[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery interval=”3″ images=”12057,12056,12055″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][/vc_row]