There is no getting around the fact that South Africans are bakkie-crazy. Everywhere you look, whether you’re on a farm or the middle of Sandton, you will see a bakkie on every corner. Every manufacturer wants a piece of this pie. And one such manufacturer, a French one at that, has decided to join the pick-up party with its newcomer, the Landtrek.
Peugeot teamed up with Changan Automobile and the Landtrek is a result of this collaboration. Peugeot is no stranger to pick-ups, but most of us probably wouldn’t even remember the likes of the 404 wagon or 504 bakkie. I certainly didn’t know about them. But here we are, years later, and Peugeot is making its comeback in to the bakkie market.
The Landtrek is available in 4×2 and 4×4 diesel Double Cab, which is sweet spot of the market. We know that bakkies are no longer just used as workhorses. It can tow up to three tons, though, and has a payload that exceeds one ton, so don’t worry about it being tough enough. In fact, this vehicle was tested over more than two million kilometers across all terrains and all conditions, especially on African roads.
LOOK AND FEEL
Not only does it look good, especially sporting that Lion in the centre of the vertical grille, but the interior exudes the quality you’d expect from Peugeot. It feels upmarket and well put together. And the standard features on offer are up to scratch. You can expect a 10-inch HD touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, 10GB onboard storage, a cooled glovebox, tow USB ports, auto lights and wipers, rear park assist and a 180-degree reverse view camera on the Allure 4×2. The 4Action 4×4 adds on-board Sat Nav, a 360-degree camera, 4×4 low range gearbox, rear mechanical diff lock and additional safety features such as lane departure warning.
UNDER THE BONNET
The Landtrek is powered by a 1.9-litre turbodiesel engine that produces 110kW and 350Nm of torque. Unfortunately, it does feel a bit underpowered and somewhat sluggish. Especially when you compare it to some of its rivals. It isn’t an uncomfortable drive, which is a good thing when it comes to a bakkie, although, with that said, it is not exactly refined and smooth. But very few bakkies offer that kind of experience.
The Peugeot Landtrek, while a good product from the brand, will more than likely not take on the likes of the Toyota Hilux or Ford Ranger. It just doesn’t have the street cred just yet. And South Africans are particular when it comes to their choice of bakkie. But if you are only just entering this market, take the Peugeot for a spin. It might just be up your alley.
It is covered by a five year or 100 000km Warranty and Service Plan
• Allure Double Cab 4×2: R 579 900
• 4Action Double Cab 4×4: R 669 900