Renault teases Duster-based pickup truck
The truck was designed exclusively for Latin America.
Renault's South American division has published a couple of dark teaser images that preview its first-ever regular-production pickup.
Previewed by the Duster Oroch concept that bowed in Brazil late last year, the yet-unnamed truck is based on the Renault Duster, a compact crossover sold as a Dacia in Europe. Like the concept, the pickup will be nearly identical to the Duster from the tip of the front bumper to the C-pillar, but it will boast a generously-sized cargo box and a much longer rear overhang.
The Oroch concept's futuristic cockpit will not make the transition to production, and the interior is expected to be standard Duster fare. Similarly, the truck will use a Duster-sourced gasoline-burning 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 110 horsepower and 111 lb-ft. of torque. A manual transmission will come standard, and both two- and four-wheel drive models will be available.
Renault will fully unveil its first pickup before the end of the month. The truck will go on sale in Argentina and in several neighboring countries shortly after, but at the time of writing Renault is not planning on selling a Dacia-badged version of it in Europe.
What's next?Renault is currently developing a bigger body-on-frame pickup that will share the bulk of its mechanical components with the new Nissan Navara. Set to go on sale all around the globe, it will be aimed squarely at the Volkswagen Amarok, the Mitsubishi Triton and the Toyota Hilux.