Dacia officially returned to the pickup market with a version based on the successful model Duster.
Even though it wasn’t that big, it was a sign that it will increase its interest into the LCV segment.
The Romanian carmaker built a family of pickup vehicles, with single or double cabs configurations before Renault bought it. It also had a 4x4 pickup in its lineup, but all of those were gone after the French company purchased it. Later on, they offered a Logan with a bed in the back. For the first generation of the Duster, a custom builder transformed 500 units as pickup. But in 2020, Dacia introduced its own version, based on the second generation of the small SUV.
The Duster pickup featured the same front design as the Duster family, but with a black lower bumper. After the short cabin with a thick B-pillar, the engineers installed a bed with a rear tailgate. The taillights were carried-over from the rest of the SUV range. The black plastic trim made the connection between the flared wheel arches and the door panel on the front fenders.
For the interior, Dacia offered two regular seats from the rest of the range and an identical dashboard. Inside the instrument cluster, the designers placed the same analog dials and a small LCD for the on-board computer.
The Duster Pickup was offered with a single engine-transmission setup, a 1.5-liter turbodiesel paired to a 6-speed manual that sent the power to all corners.