Pan Nigeria Limited has added to the growing number of vehicles operating in the Nigeria’s pickup market with the introduction of the latest version of Peugeot pickup.
This is coming about 14 years after the production of the last edition of the Peugeot pickup from the auto firm’s assembly plant in Nigeria.
It says the introduction of the new pickup is a proof of the brand’s ambition for a return to the pickup market as part of its international growth.
It recalls in a statement that its foray into the pickup segment, particularly in Africa, dates “back to the Peugeot 403 Camionnette-Bâchée of 1956; the Peugeot 404 Camionnette-Bâchée of 1967, and then the Peugeot 504 pickup, which succeeded it until 2005, the last year of production at Pan Nigeria Limited, assemblers of the Peugeot brand of vehicles.”
The brand, it said, unveiled the new Peugeot pickup in Morocco last year, which signalled the return of Peugeot to the pickup market on the African continent.
The new pickup model is said to have benefitted from a remarkable level of roominess and equipment, thus fulfilling the fundamental needs for robustness, endurance and the 4×4 drivetrain.
Giving some of the features of the vehicle, Pan says the vehicle possesses all fundamentals of the pickup universe, with a high body belt line, a vertical front, a horizontal bonnet and a large ground clearance (210mm to 215 mm).
For the external features of the vehicle, Pan says, “At the centre of its large grille is the emblem of the lion: the image of all the new SUVs of the brand. The Peugeot lettering stamped on the rear panel echoes its illustrious forebears, Peugeot 404 and 504 pickup.
According to the auto firm, with these assets, the vehicle offers reliability and endurance, adapted to the load and use on all terrains in every condition.
“The load zone has a bed that is 1.40m long and 1.39m wide, equipped with anchoring hooks on the outside. The side walls and the real panel are completely covered with a protective resin which adds to the rigidity and robustness of the whole vehicle. The maximum payload of the vehicle is 815kg,” the statement notes.
The new pickup is said to have a performance drivetrain adapted to the needs of the core market, adding that its longitudinal 2.5 litre common rail turbo diesel engine develops 115bhp and 280Nm, combined with a manual five-speed gearbox. It is available in 4×4 and 4×2 versions. According to the firm, the 4×4 version is engaged using a special lever to transmit some of the power to the front drivetrain.
The 4×4 version is reported to give the new vehicle versatility, easy use in every weather condition and all terrains.
“This allows the driver to make a selection where needed, whether in normal 4×4 4H (4 High) mode or in the 4L (4 Low) mode at short speeds. Thanks to a reducer, extra torque can be applied at very slow speeds to manoeuvre out of the most extreme driving situations,” it states.
Other features of the vehicle are manual air-conditioning, electric windows, radio with CD player and USB port.
For safety and ease of driving, the new Peugeot pickup is equipped as standard with an ABS braking system with brakeforce distribution, rear parking aids, passenger and driver air bags, plus electrically adjustable exterior mirrors, Pan says.