The pick-up truck was previewed locally in January and is available in one variant only. Malaysia is the first country in Asean to get the Landtrek.
Since its global introduction in 2020, the Landtrek has largely found success in the Middle East and Africa, where it has achieved an 81.1% increase in sales in 2022 compared to the previous year.
The company said it has plans to locally assemble the Landtrek as the current model is fully imported. Based on the Changan Kaicene F70 pick-up truck, the Landtrek is built at the Changan plant in Shenzhen, China.
It may surprise many to know that Peugeot has been a long-standing player in the pickup truck segment.
In 1938, it offered a commercial flatbed vehicle derived from the Peugeot 202, followed by the Peugeot 203 after World War II, and then the Peugeot 403 and 404.
Finally, in 1979, the Peugeot 504 was introduced and officially named a pick-up, with more than 375,000 units produced.
Now back to the current iteration.
The Landtrek's strong front has LED signature lighting and a large grille featuring the Peugeot Lion emblem.
Its sports utility vehicle (SUV)-like interior features a 10-inch HD screen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Bluetooth support, 4.2-inch colour display instrument cluster, six speakers, three USB ports and toggle switches.
The rear bench can seat up to three passengers and has folding backrests to increase its versatility.
Meanwhile, the 1.9-litre D20T turbodiesel engine, which delivers 150hp and 350Nm of torque, is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with 4X4 drive capability. The engine features a variable geometry turbo (VGT) and 16 valves and it is jointly developed by China's Yunnei Power and Germany's FEW Automotive Group. It is compatible with biodiesel rated up to B10.
The vehicle comes with rear differential lock for traversing difficult terrain. With up to 235mm of ground clearance and wading depth of 600mm, the Landtrek is equipped with necessary technology to handle rough roads.
The brakes are the disc type for the front and drum at the rear.
The front suspension uses the double wishbone while the rear gets leaf springs.
Wheels are 18-inch alloys with diamond-cut styling running on 265/60R18 tyres.
Other features include six airbags, an anti-lock braking system, electronic brakeforce distribution, emergency brake assist, dynamic stability control, anti-skid regulation, hydraulic power steering, advanced keyless entry, hill-descent control, hill start assist and drive modes of Eco and Sport.
Also included are the 4WD transfer dial to 2WD/4WD-high and 4WD-low, lane departure warning, tyre pressure monitoring system, front and rear parking sensors, reverse camera with distance and width guidelines and 360-degree view.
Six colour options are available: Ceramic White, Silver Grey, Magnetic Blue, Red Rubi, Rockstone Grey and the model exclusive Olea Green.
The Landtrek comes with a standard 5-year manufacturer warranty with a 100,000km mileage limit, whichever comes first.
Pre-orders were open from Jan 16 at all Peugeot outlets.
Peugeot said it is receptive to introducing more Landtrek variants and more engine options subject to market demands and viability.
Following the launch of the model today, Bermaz Auto Alliance organised a one-day media drive from its head office in Glenmarie here to Sekinchan for the press to check out the vehicle's rugged credentials and on-road comfort.