Renault unveils Duster Oroch pickup
Renault has introduced the Duster Oroch, its first-ever regular-production pickup, at the Buenos Aires Motor Show.
The truck was previewed by the Duster Oroch concept that bowed in Brazil late last year. As its name implies, it’s based on the Renault Duster, a compact crossover that’s sold as a Dacia throughout most of Europe. Like the concept, the pickup is nearly identical to the Duster from tip of the front bumper to the C-pillar but it boasts a generously-sized cargo box and a much longer rear overhang.
As expected, the Oroch concept’s futuristic cockpit has not made the transition to production and the interior is standard Duster fare. Technical details have not been published yet but the Oroch is expected to use gasoline-burning 1.6- and 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines pulled straight out of the Renault parts bin. A manual transmission will come standard, and both two- and four-wheel drive models will be available.
The Duster Oroch will go on sale in Argentina and in a number of neighboring countries before the end of the month, but Renault is not planning on selling it in Europe for reasons that remain a little murky.
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.