Peugeot is coming back to the European pickup market with its new Landtrek, although we might not see it in the UK.
As its first pickup in the region since the beloved 504 Pickup of the late 1990s, the Landtrek is an important model for the French manufacturer. That might explain why it’s enlisted the help of China’s Changan Automobile.
That means the Landtrek will be based on the existing Keicene F70 chassis, and will likely carry the same engine line up led by a low powered 1.9-litre diesel unit. A more potent 2.4-litre diesel engine can be specified, but it’s unlikely that the 2.4-litre petrol engine will arrive in western Europe.
Tastefully updated to meet western tastes, the Landtrek pickup has a modern interior modelled after Peugeot road cars, but packs enough punch to be considered as a serious workhorse; a towing weight of 3,500kg is encouraging, while a wading depth of 600mm embarrasses some more established competition.
Should the Landtrek pickup make it as far as western Europe, which is far from certain, then it’s possible that Groupe PSA could extend the model to each of its brands. A Vauxhall-badged version would appeal to UK buyers, while it would provide an easy replacement for the Fiat Fullback once the FCA buyout has been completed.
Ultimately, it’s unlikely that PSA will see a way of easily breaking into a market dominated by established models, as both Fiat and Mercedes found out, and will keep the Landtrek a s a model for China and South America only.
Situations change though, so we’ll keep you updated. For background on the development, read our Peugeot to Launch Pickup in Europe article.