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Renault teases new pickup truck

Snapshot: Renault has published this week a series of teaser images of an upcoming pickup truck.

The attached images illustrate what appears to be a utilitarian derivative of the budget Renault Duster SUV and most likely it represents a production version of the Dacia Oroch concept shown towards the end of last year. Renault currently refers to this new model as a “Sport Utility Pickup” but most likely it will be sold as the Duster Oroch if we were to believe recent reports coming from Brazil where the pickup truck is going to be manufactured.

Since it will be based on the Duster SUV, expect to see a standard front-wheel drive layout whereas more expensive versions will be equipped with a more competent four-wheel drive arrangement which will make the Renault Duster Oroch more capable when tackling rough and bumpy terrains.

At this point it is not known what relies underneath the hood but expect to find a four-cylinder naturally aspirated 2.0-liter gasoline engine working together with a standard six-speed manual gearbox while at an additional cost it will be sold with a four-speed automatic transmission.

Renault will take the wraps off their new pickup truck on June 18 when the model will be officially unveiled at the Buenos Aires Auto Show in Argentina. It remains a mystery whether Renault India will offer this more practical version of the Duster which will keep the four doors and gain a relatively short bed good for hauling various bulky items.

Another unsolved puzzle is the availability of the pickup truck as a Dacia model for European markets. Renault’s budget Romanian arm has not said a word yet about adding the model but this will likely happen sooner or later since the second-gen Logan has not spawned a pickup truck version yet as the previous model did.

Needless to say, the Renault Duster Oroch will come at an affordable price tag and should be the ideal solution for many people who are on the look for a cheap and reliable workhorse.

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