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February 20, 2020

Peugeot Just Made Themselves a Rival to the Hilux and Ranger: the Landtrek

Peugeot is building themselves a rival to the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger, but they’ve taken a runabout way to do so. Built and developed in China by Peugeot’s joint-venture partner there, Changan, the 2020 Landtrek is said to meet “the best international standards.”

The entirely new vehicle, as Peugeot claims, has undergone two million kilometers of testing and comes packing Peugeot’s 1.9-liter diesel engine that makes 150 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque. For those who want a bit more punch (or can only drive an automatic), there’s the gas-fed version. With 2.4 liters of displacement, this turbocharged engine it makes 210 horsepower and 320 Nm of torque mated to either a 6-speed Getrag manual or 6-speed Punch automatic.

Fundamental to pickup trucks, the Landtrek comes in both 4x2 and 4x4 versions, as well. In its top-trim guise, it has 235 mm of ground clearance, a water wading depth of 600 mm, 29 degrees of approach, and 27 degrees of departure angle.

While Changan has taken charge of the Landtrek’s development, it still looks pretty much like a Peugeot down to the vertical grille featuring the Peugeot Lion crest, and vertical LED lighting. Wheel sizes go up to 18 inches. Inside, it comes with a two-spoke steering wheel nicked from the 3008, and a 10-inch floating infotainment display from the 508. Making the Landtrek’s interior unique is its split-folding rear seats. With them folded, it can support a weight of up to 100 kilograms.

Despite intended for markets outside Europe (Latin America, and South Africa being the first recipients), the Landtrek comes with safety features such as Lane Departure Warning, and Electronic Stability Program with Hill Descent Control, and Trailer Sway Control. A 360-degree parking camera is also available.

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