- New one-tonne pickup to be built in China
- No confirmation of UK sales at this stage
- Could there even be a Vauxhall version?
Will the new Peugeot-Citroen pickup come to the UK?
The new truck will be built in China – at ChangAn’s dedicated Ding Zhou light commercial vehicle (LCV) factory – and the information we have says ‘this new vehicle should meet the most stringent worldwide regulations.’
Which sounds promising.
However, the official statement goes on to say that ‘at the first stage, the one-tonne pickup will be offered to Chinese customers and Groupe PSA overseas markets.’
We’ve asked for clarification, but believe that ‘overseas markets’ is corporate-speak for outside Europe.
That said, Peugeot has already launched a pickup into Africa in 2017 – the simply named Peugeot Pick Up pictured below is a rebadged version of the Chinese Dongfeng Rich (no, we’re not making that up) – so perhaps this new model would have wider ambitions.
So a possible ‘second stage’ might include continental Europe.
Does this mean there will be a Vauxhall pickup too?
Given PSA took ownership of Vauxhall – and its European cousin Opel – in 2017, a Vauxhall version of the new pickup would be a logical extension.
But, even if the truck does eventually come to Europe, there’s no guarantee we’ll see production in right-hand drive – just consider the repeated delays of UK sales of Renault’s new Alaskan pickup, and that’s just a reworked version of the Nissan NP300 Navara.
So, while this doesn’t mean there wouldn’t be an Opel version, a Vauxhall pickup may be even harder to quantify.
What would be the rivals to a new Peugeot-Citroen pickup?
The one-tonne segment is the pickup sector most significant to the UK, meaning the new Peugeot-Citroen truck would be in competition with all of the following:
- Ford Ranger
- Nissan NP300 Navara
- Mitsubishi L200
- Toyota Hilux
- Isuzu D-Max
- Fiat Fullback
- VW Amarok
- Mercedes X-Class
Groupe PSA is saying its new pickup will have ‘a very strong design and uncompromised quality and durability’ – but then it would do, wouldn’t it.
Why does Peugeot-Citroen want to build a pickup anyway?
Groupe PSA has an ambitious sales growth target for its LCVs. The one-tonne pickup market is also expanding rapidly, and – that new Peugeot Pick Up excepted – the firm doesn’t currently compete in it. Hence the interest.
We’ll bring you more news on Citroen and Peugeot’s pickup plans as soon as we receive it.