The French manufacturer by the name of Peugeot, has decided that they want a piece of the pie in the SA bakkie segment. So they have partnered with Chinese automaker Changan to create the bakkie they call the Landtrek. Peugeot has been at it for years with the Landtrek and it has undergone intensive testing including a 2 million kilometres development testing. The news just broke out unexpectedly and people were shocked to learn that the Landtrek will actually come to SA. Many have doubts that it will sell well after Mercedes Benz decided to pull the plug of the X-Class production. This happened for many reasons because no bakkie can sell that well with the Ford Ranger and Toyota Hilux dominating the sales.

Let’s talk about the Landtrek, it will come in three configurations: chassis body cab, single cab & double cab. Peugeot has already announced the engines that will be offered and for now only two have been mentioned. A 2.4 litre turbopetrol engine will be good for 209 hp (155 kW) and 320 Nm of torque. For the fuel efficient fellow, there will be a 1.9 litre diesel engine with 154 hp (110 kW) and 350 Nm of torque. Both engines will come with either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The design of the bakkie is just good, it is not too wow but just alright. It kind of reminds me of the Nissan Navara and we know a Joe who once copied that look and it did not go well but hopefully this will sell the exterior look just fine. The most impressive part is the interior design which looks gorgeous. Peugeot decided to take the interior design from its current premium cars and fitted it in the Landtrek. It comes with a 10-inch touchscreen that has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The system comes with 360-degree camera to help the driver maneuver the vehicle without the stress of denting the bakkie or curbing the wheels. Some assistant features include lane departure warning and trailer swing control. It’s all lovely and comfortable in the interior department but don’t think for one second that the Landtrek is a slouch. It has a towing capacity of 3 500 kg and has a payload of up to 1 200 kg depending on the model.

The Landtrek is set to be launched in SA in 2021 and will come with more engines than just two. It will be entering a segment that is very hard to compete in, as the existing bakkies such as the Ranger, Hilux, D-Max and Navara are very good. So what does it have to offer to the table? Guess we will find out when it launches in SA. In the meantime, put it on your consideration list.