SECTOR ANALYSIS – Pick-Ups & 4x4s: Topsy-turvy times at grass roots level

Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2018


1 Land Cruiser Commercial

Toyota’s Land Cruiser Commercial

Toyota unveiled a Land Cruiser Commercial at the CV Show, which is available in short-wheelbase three-door or long-wheelbase five-door guises.

It has a 2.8-litre four-cylinder diesel and manual transmission.

Mitsubishi is in on the act too with a commercial version of the Shogun Sport. It offers a load area of around 1.5m3 and is able to tow up to 3,100kg thanks to a 181hp 2.4-litre turbodiesel engine. All in all, a good turn-out then, for the late Land Rover Defender’s wake.
Meanwhile, back with pick-ups, in a move that will further boost its Fullback, Fiat

Professional has joined forces with Checkatrade, the 29,000-strong directory of recommended tradespeople, in a new scheme to make its range of commercial vehicles available to its members at discounted prices.

As the pick-up market diversifies it seems to be progressing on two contrasting fronts: extreme off-roading and on-road sophistication. The former is illustrated by Nissan offering an extreme version of the Navara: the AT32, built in conjunction with Arctic Trucks, which is famous for its bespoke conversions so popular in Iceland and all points north. The vehicle has a raised ride height on 32in tyres, substantial underside protection, and 20mm more ground clearance than the standard Navara. Isuzu and Toyota also sell AT versions of their D-Max and Hilux pick-ups, respectively.

At the other end of the scale Merc has joined VW in offering a six-cylinder diesel permanent four-wheel drive pick-up in the shape of the latest X-Class; the X 350 d 4Matic. Boasting a seven-speed auto transmission to cope with 258hp and 550Nm of torque it claims 0-60mph in 7.9secs and 31.3mpg overall.

Not to be outdone, VW has given its six-cylinder diesel, eight-speed pick-up a boost – quite literally. The Amarok’s 3.0-litre V6 engine now also produces 258hp, with an additional 14hp in ‘overboost’, and generates 580Nm of torque.

Toyota Land Cruiser Commercial      May 2018
Ssangyong Musso       July 2018
Mitsubishi Shogun Sport Commercial      July 2018
Mercedes X-Class V6 350      August 2018
VW Amarok V6 258hp      September 2018
LDV T60      Mid 2019


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