The Duster Oroch has been on Renault South Africa’s wish list for years now, but the company has not given up on its plans to introduce a new unibody double cab segment to local bakkie consumers.
We reported as far back as 2018 that Renault SA had pencilled in a 2020 launch date for the Duster Oroch. That was eventually pushed back to 2021 and with the lack of any news of a right-hand drive version going into production abroad, potential buyers have been questioning whether we’ll ever see it on local shores.
However, our contact at Renault South Africa has told us that the Oroch bakkie is currently “in the planning” for a late 2022 introduction, although nothing is set in stone as yet.
But will the Oroch that eventually lands in South Africa be a newer version? Although unconfirmed, this will likely be the case as the current Oroch that’s sold in South American markets is still based on the first-generation Duster SUV, making it decidedly long in the tooth.
Earlier this year Renault’s Argentinian CEO confirmed that the company was working on an updated version of the Oroch, Autoblog Argentina reported, although no further details were provided.
A unibody double cab bakkie could certainly have potential in South Africa, filling the void between the more work-oriented Nissan NP200 unibody bakkie and the traditional ladder frame one-tonners on the market.
This segment seems poised for growth in various American markets, with the likes of Hyundai’s new Santa Cruz and Ford’s upcoming Maverick. General Motors and Volkswagen are also said to be working on similar rivals, the latter being a production version of the Tarok.
None of these have, however, been confirmed for South Africa as yet.