By Ronan Glon
Saturday, Nov 10th, 2012 @ 9:01 am
 

Renault-owned Dacia is in the early stages of developing a pickup truck that will share its platform with the popular Duster SUV, a new report indicates.

Designed to fill the void left by the Logan-based pickup, the yet-unnamed off-roader will be offered with either two or four doors. Regardless of body style, entry-level models will be mostly aimed at commercial buyers while better-equipped versions will cater to customers that primarily want a pickup for fun.

The main selling point of any Dacia model in Europe is its low price. To stick to that philosophy, the Romanian company will save money by grafting the Duster's front end, hood and fenders onto the pickup. Most of the interior will also be carried over from the SUV and high-spec models will come with Dacia's LG-developed Media Nav infotainment system.

Like all Dacia models, the pickup will be offered with a range of Renault-sourced four-cylinder engines that will include the 1.5-liter oil-burning dCi mill. Buyers will be able to specify whether they want power sent to all four wheels or to the front wheels only.

If the rumor proves true, the Duster-based pickup will make its public debut in 2014.