Peugeot Landtrek not for Australia…yet
Revealed in February and ear-marked for Sub-Saharan Africa and South America, Peugeot Australia has said the idea of the Peugeot Landtrek coming to Australia is “appealing”.
The Peugeot Landtrek was revealed in February and while there was plenty of interest in the reveal, Peugeot poured water on the idea of its first ‘proper’ 4X4 pickup appearing in places like Europe and Australia. But Unsealed 4X4 has spoken with Peugeot Australia which suggested the Landtrek might still come to Australia but only once demand has been met in its core markets – Sub-Saharan Africa and South America.
“The Landtrek was designed and built for use in Latin American countries and sub-Saharan Africa and there are no immediate plans to introduce it to the Australian Market,” said Peugeot Australia Managing Director Ben Farlow.
“The idea of venturing into the utility or light truck market is an appealing one for us and with that in mind we will be keeping our options open and looking at future offerings with which to complement our impressive SUV range,” Mr Farlow concluded.
Interestingly, however, the statement sent to Unsealed 4X4 was labelled “Peugeot Landtrek is not for Australia yet”. Make of that what you will.
The Landtrek is a joint development with China’s Changan Automobile (it’s a twin under the skin to the Changan Kaicheng F70 pickup). The Landtrek is available in a range of body styles, including cab chassis, single cab, and dual-cab it borrows styling cues from Peugeot’s SUV range both on the outside and inside.
There are two engines available, a 1.9-litre turbodiesel four-cylinder making 110kW and 320Nm of torque from 1800 – 2800rpm, and a 2.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 155kW at 5600rpm, and 320Nm between 2000-4000rpm. The turbodiesel is only available with a six-speed manual while the petrol engine can be had with either the manual transmission or a six-speed automatic.