Colin-on-Cars – Peugeot bakkie makes a comeback

The Peugeot 404 pickup – or bakkie – was an iconic feature of the South African motoring scene but, as times changed and the French company withdrew operations from here, it also vanished except for some in collector’s garages.

Now, the bakkie returns as the Landtrek and available in 4×2 and 4×4 double cab guise, both powered by a 1,9-litre turbo-diesel engine that develops 110 kW thanks to a variable turbine geometry with 16 valves. With a torque of 350 Nm, Landtrek adapts to the prevailing terrain through Manual, Sport, or Eco modes.

For 4×4 versions, the rear differential is equipped with a mechanical rear differential lock providing extra traction when one wheel slips. The Borg-Warner Transfer case allows for easy transfer between 2-high, 4-high and 4-low modes with the simple turn of the rotary switch. The new Peugeot Landtrek 4×4 has a fording depth of  600 mm, approach angle of 29 degrees or 30 degrees (depending on version), departure angle of 27 degrees or 26 degrees (depending on version), break-over angle of 25 degrees and ground clearance up to 235 mm.

Peugeot is becoming increasingly global with the new Peugeot Landtrek, which enters the One-Ton Pick-Up segment with the goal of becoming a new benchmark in a market that represents around 300 000 annual sales units in the Middle East Africa region.

Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs) account for more than 25% of the South African new vehicle market, making Landtrek a key launch for Peugeot in a key market.

South Africa certainly is an important market for Peugeot. The brand has opened 15 new dealerships in the past 18 months and boasts one of the freshest product ranges on the market today, with 80% of the passenger car range refreshed in the last year alone. Peugeot has launched the new 2008 in February (the 2021 South African Car of the Year), 3008 facelift in April, new 208 in May, and now Landtrek.

The Landtrek offers up to three tons of towing capacity and a payload that exceeds one ton.

A complete range of customised accessories for the new Peugeot Landtrek will be available in the Peugeot network, a key feature in the Pick-Up segment. In total, more than 28 dedicated accessories will be available.

The modularity of the rear bench seat in the Landtrek Double Cab adds versatility to the cabin, with the possibility of folding the backrest in 60/40 or 100%. In addition, the rear seat cushions can also tip-up in a 60/40 split to allow for numerous and flexible loading configurations.

When folded down, the backrests can support a load of up to 100 kg. In addition, two ISOFIX fasteners ensure the safety and docking of child seats.

The passenger compartment offers 1 550 mm shoulder room in row two and a knee space of at least 50 mm.

The new Peugeot Landtrek features advanced connectivity, automatic dual zone air-conditioning, 10-inch’ HD touch screen compatible Apple CarPlay /Android Auto and 10 GB hard drive.

Safety is aided by six crash bags and an Electronic Stability Programme that includes Hill Descent Control, Hill Start Assist and Trailer Swing Control with Lane Departure Warning on the range-topping 4Action.

The headlamps are equipped with LED light signatures on both the front and rear and has rear reverse cameras and parking sensors. The off-road camera (in the passenger rear-view mirror) and 360 degree panoramic vision support the driver when negotiating obstacles or narrow lanes on the 4Action 4×4, further aided by additional front obstacle sensors.

The Peugeot Landtrek is covered by a 5-year/100 000 km Warranty and Service Plan with maintenance intervals every 10 000 km


Allure Double Cab 4×2: R 579 900

4Action Double Cab 4×4: R 669 900

Leave a Reply