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Body style: Truck
Segment: Medium SUV

The Spanish carmaker Santana built a licensed Land Rover in the late '50s, and they kept producing updated versions until Iveco purchased them.

In 1958, Land Rover sent complete knock-down kits (CKD) in Spain to be assembled as Land Rover by the Metalurgica de Sant Ana S.A. After the Land Rover Series II stopped, the Spanish factory continued to assemble the Series III, but with some minor improvements. Later on, Santana built its vehicles from scratch but based on the Land Rover parts. It was an agreement between the two companies, and the Spanish carmaker ended up with a license for the Series III.

That said, the Santana PS 10 was, in fact, a well built Land Rover Series III, which was the predecessor for the Defender. Its straight lines, body panels, and doors were similar to the Land Rover Series III. Still, it featured dual round headlights instead of single ones and vertical taillights instead of small, round ones found on the Defender or Series III. The pickup-truck version kept the same short-wheelbase from the Series III, with a slightly extended cabin so the driver and its passenger could adjust their seats. Some versions were fitted with three seats at the front, although the middle passenger should figure out how to avoid the transmission and gear-levers.

Unlike the Defender, which was already an all-wheel-drive vehicle, the Santana remained a 4x4 vehicle with low range gear and leaf springs. That made it less comfortable, but a very tough, rugged vehicle.

SANTANA PS 10 Pickup 2003 - Present 6 Photos
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SANTANA PS 10 Pickup 2003 - Present
  1 diesel engine
  • 2.8 TD

SANTANA PS 10 Pickup 2.8 TD

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.8 TD
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2798 cm3
Power
92 KW @ 3600 RPM
125 HP @ 3600 RPM
123 BHP @ 3600 RPM
Torque
203 lb-ft @ 1800 RPM
275 Nm @ 1800 RPM
Fuel System
Direct Injection
Fuel
Diesel
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
87 mph (140 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Manual, 5 Speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/85 R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
178.8 in (4542 mm)
Width
68.9 in (1750 mm)
Height
78.8 in (2002 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.5/58.5 in (1,486/1,486 mm)
Wheelbase
109.7 in (2786 mm)
Ground Clearance
7.9 in (201 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4290 lbs (1946 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5203 lbs (2360 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
23 mpg US (10.2 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
261.1 g/km
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