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This is the Dacia Duster pick-up, and we need it in the UK
Renault’s cooked up a budget double-cab ute. The Bring It To Britain campaign starts here
But it is a Duster double-cab pick-up, and it is real. Renault, remember, doesn’t use its Dacia brand in markets such as South America, but rest assured this is, in all but name, the Dacia Duster we know and (mostly) love.
Though with the addition, of course, of a flatbed and a tailgate and a healthy slice of budget hillbilly chic.
And truly it is magnificent. A Duster double-cab pick-up! What more could you want from a vehicle? Room for four or five humans, a load bed large enough to store, y’know, medium-sized cows and things, and all for the price of - well, we don’t know how much it’ll cost, but be assured it really won’t be very much.
We also don’t know what engine the Oroch might get when it reaches the road ‘in the second half of 2015’. The smart money, we’d guess, is on the 1.5-litre diesel and 1.6-litre petrol units already found in the non-ute Duster, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed that Merc’s 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 will make an appearance.
Because, frankly, if the Renault-Mercedes ‘strategic partnership’ doesn’t yield a 500bhp Romanian ute, what’s the point in a strategic partnership at all?
However. Residents of the UK, we bring sad news. Despite its unquestionable splendour, it seems unlikely we’ll see the Duster pick-up - turbo V8 or otherwise - on these shores, with sales likely limited to South America and Russia.
This, clearly, is a tragedy. So the campaign starts here: Renault, bring the Dacia Duster pick-up truck to Britain, quicksharp. Don’t make us retrain as Peruvian llama farmers just to experience this magnificence.