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Renault Teases Dacia Duster-Based Pickup Ahead of Buenos Aires Debut

Yes, the humble Dacia Duster crossover is finally getting the utilitarian version that people have been demanding for years. Known only as the “Sport Utility Pickup”, the production model of last year's Oroch concept is finally ready for mass production.
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The covers will come off on June 18th at an event organized during the Buenos Aires Auto Show 2015. Little is officially known about the car, but we do have a couple of teaser images.

All the features that have made the Duster successful are still there, including the chunky design, raised suspension and rugged functionality. We are talking about a double-cab truck with two sets of doors and a bed described as "generous" by the manufacturer. However, we can see from the sketches that there are some cosmetic differences compared to the Romanian-built crossover.

At present, Renault officials are refusing to confirm or deny the Oroch's presence in the European market. Clearly, there is some demand for such a creation, but will that be enough? The factory in Mioveni is already running close to its maximum output, and there are no plans for expansion. However, prototypes have been seen testing in Romania recently.

Demand in Brazil is expected to be huge, as the French car brand says pickups represent 75 percent of the commercial vehicle market in South America. Engines choices should include a base 1.6-liter model and a 2-liter one with more power and automatic gearbox availability.

"Based on the Duster, which is one of our best-selling models in the region, the show car explores the world of pickups – a segment we’re absent from at the moment but which totals over 900,000 vehicles sold each year,”
said Denis Barbier, Senior Vice President, Chairman of the Americas Region.


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