Previewed in the form of a near production concept at Sao Paulo Motor Show 2014, Renault Duster Oroch pickup emerges as an attractive proposition. Wanting to be a chick urban crossover pickup, Oroch tactfully combines lifestyle appeal with utility.
With global market going gung ho about the term crossover, basing a pickup on popular Duster for truck-friendly markets is a no brainer. Duster Oroch has proper cabin with a seating capacity of 5 and a decently proportioned load bed.
Visually, Oroch differentiates itself from its SUV sister by means of a new single-slat grille, a rugged looking bumper with ‘Duster’ inscribed on it just above the license plate enclosure, new taillights and rear bumper. Renault has not revealed the final dimensions but it’s reported that the crossover pickup offers a cargo volume of 683 litres and has a payload rating of 650 kg.
Interior has been borrowed from the regular Duster. Equipment list includes MediaNav infotainment system with 7-inch touchscreen, multifunction steering wheel and piano black inserts.
Proven 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre petrol engines (flex fuel variants for Brazil) constitute the engine lineup. The automaker is not very forthcoming with further powertrain details but its safe to assume that output figures and transmission options would be similar to Duster. Smaller engine would be mated to a 5-speed MT to produce 115 PS while the ranging topping motor would have a rating of 148 PS (on ethanol). A 6-speed MT or 4-speed AT would be available with both 4×2 and 4×4 options.
Renault Duster Oroch pickup is highly unlikely to make it to India since the lifestyle pickup segment is non-existent. Launch in Latin America is slated for second half of this year.