As previously reported, Dacia is planning to build a bakkie version of its new Duster. The expected launch is sometime next year and there are very few details available, but Autoevolution has released its own Amarok-aping rendering showing how it believes a Duster bakkie will look.
Reports suggest that there will be single- and double-cab versions with front- and all-wheel-drive models, while 1,6-litre petrol and 1,5-litre turbodiesel engines are likely to make up the powertrain mix.
We’ve mentioned before that there are rumours that the Duster bakkie will replace the old Logan-based NP200, a vehicle that is still manufactured in South Africa. It remains to be seen, however, whether the arrival of a Duster-based vehicle will impact the manufacture of the NP200 in South Africa.
In the meantime, a Renault-badged Duster SUV/crossover is due in South Africa within the next few weeks. This affordable vehicle is expected to be priced below the R200 000 mark and will most likely be available with 1,6-litre petrol and 1,5-litre turbodiesel variants with five-speed manual transmissions.