Renault’s Dacia division in Romania is forging ahead with a bakkie version of the second-generation Renault/Dacia Duster SUV and it will be more work-oriented than the South American Renault Oroch, meaning it’s almost certain to take the form of a single cab.
This was confirmed by Renault Romania’s commercial GM Hakim Boutehra in an interview with 0-100.ro, the publication also speculating that it would likely become the most affordable pick-up on the market, and have spartan rather than plush finishes.
But here’s where it gets interesting. This vehicle would ultimately serve as a successor to the Dacia Logan pick-up, which also served the basis for South Africa’s Nissan NP200 through the company’s alliance ties with Renault.
Which begs the question - would this new Duster bakkie not make the perfect replacement for the NP200? The compact Nissan, which is a common sight on our roads, was first launched back in 2008, so a replacement would certainly be welcomed by customers.
However, at this stage Nissan South Africa states “at this point we are not expecting changes to our local NP200 range”.