While we have seen photos of a Dacia Duster pickup before, these new images appear to be the first that show a factory-built model.
That’s because the vehicle we saw in the photos late last year was built by Romanian coachbuilder Romturingia in collaboration with Renault Tehnologie Roumanie, while the new set of images depicts a model with license plates usually attributed to Dacia models undergoing testing in Romania.
The pictures surfaced on a Facebook fan page dedicated to Romanian cars and show a Duster pickup prototype based on the facelifted version of the SUV. The vehicle is seen carrying an apparently heavy load on an unpaved mountain road – a scenario that will likely happen quite a lot if a production model is to follow.
There’s no official information about the Duster pickup, but judging from how dirty the car is in the photos, we can assume it features the four-wheel drive system from the SUV. A pickup model would be welcome in Dacia’s current range, which lacks such a vehicle since the Logan Pickup was axed.
If it does happen, the Duster Pickup should feature the same engine lineup as the SUV version, which is offered with two petrol units (a 105PS 1.6-liter naturally-aspirated unit and a turbocharged 125PS 1.2-liter TCe) as well as the 1.5-liter dCi diesel offered in two states of tune – 90PS and 110PS.
Image credits: Masini romanesti: Dacia, Oltcit, Aro