Peugeot has finally announced the name – and details – of its new bakkie (pickup) range. It’s called the LandTrek. And yes, it is coming to Mzansi, either later this year or in early 2021. As you probably know by now, the Mzansi bakkie market is extremely competitive and the main players are merciless when pursuing and maintaining market share. Therefore Peugeot Citroen South Africa – which sold a total of 195 cars in February, has a lot of work to do.

The Landtrek is based on the new Changan Kaicheng F70, a bakkie of Chinese origin. It comes in three body styles, including single and double cab, and measures 5.3 metres long and 1.9m wide. The Landtrek can also load European pallets, something only a handful of rivals can do. Both 4×2 and 4×4 models will be sold, with the former a rear-wheel-drive (RWD) with a longitudinal shaft and a rear differential.

As for the 4×4 versions, it comes with a 4H and 4L system, for both high speed and low speed driving. For off-road driving it has a 600mm wading depth, a 29-degree approach angle, 25-degree central angle and 27-degree departure angle. It also covers a 214mm ground clearance in standard form, going up to 235mm when fitted with 17 or 18-inch wheels.

Landtrek is a modern vehicle as well, and as such, it features current-generation infotainment and safety systems, such as a 25.4cm touch screen, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as Apple Carplay and Android Auto compatibility. It also comes with 6 airbags, ESP, Lane Departure Warning, and an off-road camera.

Peugeot announced five models for the Landtrek; two are diesel and three use petrol power. The 150ch 4×2 and 150ch 4×4 diesels use a 2.0-litre turbo diesel pushing out 110kW and 350Nm of torque. Both come with a 6-speed manual transmission, an 80 litre fuel tank and 17-inch wheels. The three petrols are powered by a 2.4-litre turbo petrol producing 155kW and 320Nm. One is a 4×2 and two are 4×4. Of the 4x4s, one is a 6-speed automatic. For now we don’t yet know which of these powertrains will be launched in Mzansi.

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