Dacia introduces limited-edition Duster pickup

Dacia will only build about 100 examples of the Duster pickup.

Dacia has introduced a pickup variant of the rugged Dacia Duster SUV designed exclusively for the Romanian market.

Built by coachbuilder Romturingia, the Duster pickup is nearly identical to its SUV counterpart from the tip of the front bumper to the B-pillar. Beyond that, it gains a bed with tall sides and a tailgate that looks like a standard Duster hatch cut in half. The spare tire is mounted on the right side of the bed.

Like the SUV, the pickup stretches approximately 169 inches long, 78 inches wide and 66 inches tall.

Interior pictures are not available but the pictures released by Dacia hint that most of the pickup's interior are carried over directly from the Duster SUV. High-sped models come with Dacia's LG-developed Media Nav infotainment system.

Mechanically, the Duster pickup is exclusively offered with a 1.5-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engine that makes 110 horsepower and 177 lb-ft. of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels via a six-speed manual transmission and an all-wheel drive system developed jointly by Renault and Nissan. WorldCarFans reports Dacia will build just 500 examples of the Duster pickup. The trucks were designed for OMV Petrom, one of the largest oil and gas produces in southern Europe. How much OMV Petrom paid for the trucks was not disclosed, and Dacia has not revealed if the Duster pickup will eventually be added to its lineup as a regular-production model.

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