Peu­geot re­veals new built-for-Africa bakkie

Cost will be a big­ger fac­tor than so­phis­ti­ca­tion

The Star Early Edition - - MOTORING - JA­SON WOOSEY

PEU­GEOT is of­fi­cially back in the bakkie mar­ket, but while many had as­sumed that it would turn to the Hilux as a donor ve­hi­cle, given that PSA has ex­ist­ing al­liances with Toy­ota, the French car­maker in­stead opted to base its imag­i­na­tively-named Pick Up on its Chi­nese part­ner’s one-ton­ner.

While that was an ev­i­dently more rudi­men­tary op­tion, given that the Dongfeng-built bakkie in ques­tion is in fact based on Nis­san’s NP300, which has been around since the early 2000s, this starts to make sense when you con­sider where Peu­geot is pitch­ing its new Pick Up.

The new­comer is squarely aimed at the African mar­ket, where cost is go­ing to be a big­ger con­sid­er­a­tion than so­phis­ti­ca­tion in many parts. But then when is the Peu­geot load-lug­ger com­ing to our south­ern patch of the con­ti­nent?

Our con­tact at Peu­geot SA told us that the Pick Up is com­ing here, but oddly only in 2021. The lo­cal im­porter would very much love to bring it here ear­lier than that, but its par­ent com­pany in France has not ear­marked it for our mar­ket any sooner than that.

This also means that we won’t be get­ting the ex­act prod­uct that you see here as the ve­hi­cle will ben­e­fit from var­i­ous up­grades be­tween now and then, per­haps (and hope­fully) even be­ing re­placed by a to­tally new model.

The Peu­geot Pick Up is avail­able in 4x2 and 4x4 con­fig­u­ra­tions and pow­ered by a 2.5-litre tur­bod­iesel en­gine, mated to a five-speed man­ual gear­box and pro­duc­ing 85kW and 280Nm.

For now it’s only avail­able in dou­ble cab guise and it re­mains to be seen whether Peu­geot will ex­pand the range with sin­gle and club cab body styles.

The dou­ble cab has a pay­load of 815kg and its load bed is 1.40 me­tres long and 1.39m wide.

This isn’t the first time that Peu­geot has com­peted in the bakkie world, with pick-ups based on the 404 and 504 hav­ing proven them­selves as sturdy work­horses in the ‘70s, ‘80s and be­yond, par­tic­u­larly in Africa.

Un­til re­cently Peu­geot also of­fered a half-ton­ner called the Hog­gar to its South Amer­i­can cus­tomers, based on the 206 hatch. But in this case we’ll have to say that beauty is re­ally in the eye of the be­holder.

- www.mo­tor­ing.co.za

Nei­ther the boxy styling nor the name are the most imag­ini­tive. The Pick Up is headed here only in 2021.

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