Until recently, Peugeot’s lineup didn’t include any pickup model, but the company decided that it’s time to do some changes and developed the new Hoggar. The Hoggar was designed to deal with small commercial deliveries and has a versatile nature being able to suit with a wide range of applications.
The Hoggar shares the same platform with the 207 and features a load volume of 1,151 liters with a payload of up to 742kg. The vehicle is offered with a choice of two engines namely a 1.4-liter unit and a 1.6 liter model.
For the moment the vehicle is available only for the Brazilian market and it’s produced at Porto Real plant in Rio de Janeiro.
Given its utilitarian nature, the Hoggar features a pretty modern design which can’t be seen at many vehicles in this class.
The entire front end is almost identical with the 207 model and we find the same swept back headlights, the central mounted Peugeot badge and the even the twin vertical air vents mounted on the hood.
The bumper however is slightly different and features an impact bar which is flanked by two circular fog lamps.
There is a protective strip running along the vehicle’s sides, along to the side step, which facilitates access to the load space and also extracts air from the cab and improves acoustic comfort in the passenger compartment.
A line of trim runs all the way round the load space and there is also a strip at the level of the tailgate handle and an opening at the lower level.
At the back, we find a pair of triangular taillights which are fitted with three elliptical lights. The rear bumper underlines the rugged character of the vehicle and gels seamlessly with the rest of the body.
When designing the Hoggar, Peugeot used two different platforms. The front was borrowed from the 207, while the rear section is based on an extended Partner platform. The two platforms were joined using specially-designed structural elements to ensure maximum rigidity for the whole vehicle.
The load bed of the Peugeot Hoggar has a volume of 1,151 litres and it’s able to take a live load of 742 kg. For increased functionality the tailgate is detachable permitting you to transport items that are longer than the trailer.
As it was expected the interior is also identical with the 207 and there are only a few small differences which set the two models apart. The build quality isn’t something to rave about, but the materials are pretty good, given the utilitarian nature of the Hoggar.
Space isn’t exactly first class, but there is a proper amount of head and legroom so you won’t have many things to complain about.
The dashboard has a nice wave pattern and the center console features a variegated grain trim which is fairly pleasant to touch. The meter cluster was inspired by the world of motorbikes, and it’s fitted with three circular dials that displays clearly every function being also easy to read on both day and night.
The seats offer adequate back and under thigh support and they also come with a wide range of adjustments permitting you to get cozy behind the wheel. To improve the driving position, the steering wheel can be also adjusted for height.
Compared to the 206 model, you seat slightly higher from the ground, hence the outward visibility is better. Furthermore, the cab has side windows that improve the occupants’ peripheral vision and the windshield is also fairly wide. Though, you’ll find the exterior mirrors a bit too small but despite their compact dimensions they’ll do their jobs with dignity.
The overall ergonomy is pretty good and there is plenty of room to store various things. A glass-holder can be fitted in the central console, while numerous items can be stored in the door pockets. Moreover, with the seats folded right down, the capacity of the cab rises to a volume of 120 litres, up to the height of the load space, permitting you to store bigger items.
Engines and performance
There are two engines options available for the Peugeot Hoggar.
The entry level 1.4 (1360 cc) unit develops a maximum output of 80 hp at 5250 rpm and a maximum torque of 126 Nm achieved from 3250 rpm.
The high-end version, of the Hoggar is fitted with the Flex 1.6 (1,587 cc) engine which develops maximum power of 110 at 5,600 rpm, with 152 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. Naturally, this unit offers better performances and can deal effortless with almost anything you’ll throw at it.
The engines are mated on a five speed manual gearbox with reduced transmission ratios for the first and second gears to give the vehicle more capable towing abilities.
Peugeot Hoggar Engines Specifications
Ride and handling
To make the vehicle able to deal with big payloads, Peugeot equipped it with stiffer suspensions so you can expect to a bumpy ride. To be more specific, it has independent McPherson type front suspension with an anti-roll bar. There is also a new firmer calibration of the helicoidal springs which enhances rigidity, while the shock absorbers have also been readjusted.
It’s true that the ride is harsh when the vehicle is unladed, but things will get a bit better if there is some load at the back.
The hard suspensions however, offer good road stability and the vehicle stays pretty well plated in its wheels especially when cornering. On the other hand, the steering is a bit light for our tastes and could’ve come with a better road feedback.
With Hoggar, Peugeot brings a touch of freshness to the world of pick-ups. The interior ergonomy and the materials offer a comfortable cab and the interior design is also better than other vehicles in this class.
The best part is its generous load volume of 1151 liters which will definitely appeal for those seeking for practicality. The engines aren’t something to rave about, but they are at par with what you’ll usually find in this segment.