• Renault Duster Pickup Truck is Teased ahead of Debut [Preview]


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    Renault Duster pickup truck

     

    Renault plans to show a Duster based crossover pickup at the Buenos Aires International Motor Show on June 18th, 2015.

    This little pickup will have four doors, capacity to seat five, and a short bed in the back. Specifications and details have not been revealed yet, but it is likely to use Renault’s existing engine lineup. This consists of the 1.5 dCi diesel engine with 107 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque, or the 1.6-liter naturally aspirated gasoline motor with 100 horsepower and 106 lb-ft of torque.

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    This pickup should go in production in 2016 and reach South American dealers as a 2017 model.

    This pickup will be similar to the Dacia Duster Oroch concept that was shown last year.

    Whether the Duster pickup will ever make it to the United States is unknown. However, this could be a growing trend. Take a look at the Hyundai Santa Cruz crossover pickup truck concept that was unveiled at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Hyundai thinks there may be demand for vehicles like this.

    Do you agree that there is demand in the urban centers for small pickups like these?


    Andre Smirnov
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    3 thoughts on “Renault Duster Pickup Truck is Teased ahead of Debut [Preview]

    1. Renault and Pickup Trucks are not thought of in the same sentence. I would guess Renault is trying to get some exposure in South America, where Mini Pickups are relatively common. Renault will be rebranding the Nissan NP300 when it is released in South America too

    2. I think Hyundai’s Santa Cruz crossover pickup concept powered by a small diesel is right on the mark for light hauling especially in urban markets. Hyundai reported the Santa Cruz will have an AWD option thereby providing power to the rear wheels, which is absolutely necessary for good traction when hauling heavy loads. My real concern is that this design may not accommodate hauling 4 x 8 sheets, even with the truck bed drawer fully extended. My preliminary estimate is that the truck bed will only extend to about 6 feet – about the same as current midsize trucks. If this is true, a 4 x 8 sheet would have to extend about 2 feet out of the bed and would be about 4 feet from the rear wheels. This would produce a load that was rear-end heavy and not well balanced. Perhaps someone would be produce an aftermarket lumber rack to solve this problem. Personally, I like the Toyota A-BAT mid-gate approach much better than the Hyundai bed drawer because it accommodates a 4 x 8 sheet with 6 feet in the bed and 2 feet on the tailgate and would fit between the rear wheels (as I understand the design).

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