Peugeot has announced its new pickup truck to signal the Brand’s return to the pick-up market within the African continent. Benefiting from a remarkable level of roominess and equipment, the new Peugeot pickup fulfills the fundamental needs for robustness, endurance and 4×4 drivetrain in the segment.
The new Peugeot pickup with a length of 5.08m is part of the double cab compact pick-up segment. This segment represents 10% of the target market, including the North African and West Sub-Saharan African countries, which is a volume of about 56,000 units a year. There, diesel engines and 4×4 transmission occupy dominant places in the market with 92% and 77% respectively.
With a high body belt line, a vertical front, a horizontal bonnet and a large ground clearance (210 to 215 mm, depending on model) the new Peugeot pickup possesses all of the fundamentals of the pick-up universe. At the center of its large grille is the emblem of the lion, along with the Peugeot lettering stamped on the rear panel. The cab and the rear compartment are fixed on a ladder chassis with a rigid rear axle, four-bladed springs and Yokohama tyres as standard.
The load zone has a bed that is 1.40m long and 1.39m wide, equipped with anchoring hooks on the outside. The side walls and the real panel are completely covered with a protective resin which adds to the rigidity and robustness of the whole vehicle. The maximum payload of the vehicle is 815 kg. Further, the 4×4 version is distinguished by a chrome bow at the level of the bed, roof bars and lateral footboards.
The new Peugeot pickup has a performance drivetrain adapted to the needs of the core market. Its longitudinal 2.5l common rail turbo diesel engine develops 115bhp and 280Nm, combined with a manual 5-speed gearbox. It is available in 4×4 and 4×2 versions.
The drivetrain of the 4×2 version is linked to the rear wheels via a longitudinal drive shaft and a differential positioned within the rear axle. The 4×4 version is engaged using a special lever to transmit some of the power to the front drivetrain. This allows the driver to make a selection where needed, whether in normal 4×4 4H (4 High) mode or in the 4L (4 Low) mode at short speeds. Thanks to a reducer, extra torque can be applied at very slow speeds to manoeuvre out of the most extreme driving situations.
Most spacious and accommodating passenger interior in its class, with rear-seat roominess of 1,738 mm and knee space of 62 mm, the pick up ensures passenger comfort for both professional and private use.
Focused on reliability and ease of use, the new Peugeot pickup offers many features as standard such as manual air-conditioning, electric windows, radio with CD player and USB port.
For safety and ease of driving, the new Peugeot pickup is equipped as standard with an ABS braking system with brakeforce distribution, rear parking aids, passenger and driver air bags, plus electrically adjustable exterior mirrors.
The new Peugeot pickup goes on sale in September in the North African region.