Peugeot Pick Up Won’t Help You Pull Chicks

Peugeot Pick Up Won’t Help You Pull Chicks

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Peugeot is returning to the African ute market, with a not-so-new dual-cab that it’s calling the Peugeot Pick Up. The last vehicle of this type that Peugeot sold in the African market was the uber cool 504 ‘backie’ or ute, that was on sale up until 2005 and at the time manufactured in Nigeria.

Peugeot’s new Pick Up ain’t in the same grade when it comes to cool, in fact it’s not cool at all, but it should get the job done.

The new Pick-Up – an exercise in badge engineering – is an old Chinese Dongfeng Rich ute with a revised grille and ‘Peugeot’ slapped across the tailgate in big letters. You know the Dongfeng Rich is behind the times, because it’s based on the Nissan D22 Navara that Nissan stopped manufacturing about 100 years ago.

The Dongfeng features unique and somewhat uninspiring exterior styling (compared to the D22 Navara) and a largely unchanged 1990s interior.

Dongfeng Rich interior

It’s powered by a 2.5-litre common-rail turbo-diesel that outputs a modest 86kW and 280Nm. The only transmission available is a five-speed manual, but there are two drivetrain configurations, one offering rear-wheel-drive and the other selectable four-wheel-drive with low-range gearing.

Standard features include a basic radio/CD player head unit, anti-lock brakes with brake force distribution, rear parking sensors and two airbags up-front. Options include air conditioning and leccy windows and mirrors.

Peugeot will be offering the Pick Up in dual cab format only and thankfully it won’t be coming ‘out of Africa’ anytime soon.

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