Renault has traveled to the Sao Paulo Motor Show in Brazil to debut a new concept called DCross.¬†
Based on the existing Dacia Duster, which is sold as a Renault throughout Latin America, the DCross gains a more modern front fascia, bigger wheels and off-road-specific equipment such as skid plates and a roof rack. ¬†The SUV's rear quarter panels and trunk lid are painted flat black and the tail lamps are inspired by the ones found on the all-electric ZOE.
The SUV's transformation from a Duster to a DCross¬†was carried out entirely by Renault do Brazil.
"In Brazil customers love the rough image of the Duster, so this concept takes that to the maximum," said Olivier¬†Murguet, CEO of Renault do Brazil, in an interview with the UK's¬†Auto Express. "It's been 100 per cent developed by Brazilian designers in our studio here in Sao Paulo." ¬†
Surprisingly, Renault has not released any details about what the DCross previews. ¬†It could hint at a more upscale version of the Renault Duster that will only be sold in Latin America, or it could indicate that styling direction that the redesigned Duster will take when it is introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show next year. ¬†
One thing is certain: The design cues that the DCross is inaugurating will make their way to a production car one way or another.
"We never do anything without having a good idea of where we're going. This is a vision of the future," affirmed Murguet.