Peugeot says, the brand always wanted to return to the pick-up market as part of its international growth. Peugeot is revisiting its history in the pick-up segment, particularly in Africa, dating back to the 403 Camionnette-Bâchée of 1956, the 404 Camionnette-Bâchée of 1967, and then the 504 Pick-up which succeeded it until 2005, the last year of production in Nigeria.
The new pick up is a double cab, and is 5.08 m long. According to Peugeot, 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. The diesel engines and 4×4 transmissions occupy dominant places in those markets with 92% and 77% respectively.
The new model gets a ground clearance of 210 to 215 mm, depending on the model. Built on a ladder chassis, the Pick up comes with 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 covered with a protective resin which is claimed to add rigidity and robustness to the vehicle. The maximum payload of the vehicle is 815 kg.
Powertrain is a 2.5-litre common rail turbo diesel, developing 115 bhp and 280 Nm, paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Available in 4×4 and 4×2 configuration.
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. With the load resting above the rear driven wheels, the more the vehicle is loaded, the better it uses the drivetrain, says Peugeot.
The 4×4 gets another 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.
Peugeot says there is no compromise on comfort features, manual air-conditioning, electric windows, electrically adjustable exterior mirrors, radio with CD player and USB port are standard across all variants. As for the safety features, there is ABS + EBD, passenger and driver air bags, and rear parking aids as standard.
Goes on sale in September.
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