Following this summer’s spy photos, Dacia has officially unveiled the Duster Pick-Up in Romania together with local coachbuilder Romturingia, the company responsible for the assembly.
If you like it, don’t rush to your Dacia dealership just yet, as only 500 units will be built exclusively for OMV Petrom, the largest oil and gas company in Romania. The first 10 units have been handed over to the customer today at the main Dacia plant in Mioveni, with the rest of the fleet to be delivered before the end of 2015.
Built specifically for OMV Petrom’s needs at Romturingia’s workshop in Campulung Muscel, Romania, the Dacia Duster Pick-Up is based on the current 4×4 production SUV and is powered by the 1.5 dCi diesel engine good for 110PS (109hp).
The model features a regular cab with two seats and a medium-sized rear window protected by a metal grille. The cabin also features added exterior reinforcements. The bed is 1700mm (66.9in) long and can carry loads of up to 450 kg (992 lbs). The project began at the end of 2012, with a series of prototypes being built before the model was homologated by the Renault Group and the RAR (Romanian Auto Registry).
Unfortunately for those who would like a Duster Pick-Up, Dacia and Renault managing director for Romania, Nicolas Maure, said there are no plans for a customer version. However, I’m guessing nothing can stop those who really want such a model from placing an order directly to Romturingia, after the coachbuilder finishes production of the 500 units for OMV Petrom. Conversion costs are estimated at around €3,000.