Peugeot returns to the pickup business three years after the discontinuation of the 207-based Hoggar. Strictly for the African market, Peugeot’s newest workhorse is literally called the “Pick Up”. Yes, we’re not kidding.
At first glance, the Pick Up looks like another spinoff derivative of an old truck. But in reality, it’s just a rebadge from one of Dongfeng’s lineup, which on its own was based on the first generation Nissan Navara in 1997. Dongfeng is Peugeot’s Chinese partner. So technically, Peugeot rebadged a 20-year old pickup and slapped it with a rather unimaginative name.
The large Peugeot embossment on the tailgate resembles the Peugeot 404 and 504 pickups of old, and Peugeot also added ABS, CD Player, dual front airbags and two rear parking sensors to make it seem more “up to date”.
It is powered by a 2.5-litre turbodiesel that makes 115 hp and 280 Nm of torque and can be had as a rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Only a five-speed manual transmission is offered. The tray bed measures 1,400 mm by 1,390 mm and has a maximum payload of 815 kg.
The Peugeot Pick Up will go on sale in Africa by September this year. Couldn’t they give it a nicer name, like the Peugeot Sahara or something…?