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What a really cool Dacia would be like

30/10/2014 11:26 |  Comments: 


Our heavyweight champion, Balázs, or better known as Assur on the premises is the news writer of the mother site, Oh yes, he’s an automotive engineer too. They say there isn’t a data that has ever escaped his mind, all we know is that he can drop into any conversation about any car that was made after the war, and he’ll be able to add a ton of details you won’t ever be able to find in books. He has been thinking of selling his longserving Volvo for years, so he always has some used car adverts open on his computer, just in case. Has a wife and two (almost grown-up) children.

It almost looks like an alternate Nissan Navara although it’s only a pick-up Dacia.

Duster Oroch is the concept car developed by Brazilian Renault, based on the cheap off-roader. It’s such a pleasantly masculine phenomenon that disregarding the Renault badge at its front you’d never get the idea that this pick-up was based on a Dacia.

The Oroch concept has so many new features that if it wasn’t called Duster, you’d never think of associating it with the Dacia off-roader. And I don’t mean the pick-up bed. Apart from the front the two have no common features at all, sharing nothing but the proportions, more or less. Looking at the frameless windows and the emphasized fender flares you can’t help but think the Brazilians are already working on the successor of the Duster in their heads.

Because of all this, the Oroch concept may never realize, although the car sold under as a Dacia in some markets and as a Renault in others could be the most appealing in the cheap category. Looking at it you don’t get the feeling you probably did looking at the Dokker, the Lodgy, or the first Logan, that the directive was to ruin the design. You actually feel an effort was made. Now add the fact that a decent pick-up of this size is missing from the group’s current line-up (the custom-built Romanian Duster pick-ups do not count) so both Dacia and Nissan could profit from starting production.

Of course the concept car introduced in São Paulo has many features that obviously won’t make it into series production, such as the cameras built into the rear pillars allowing for special recordings, and the 18’ wheels that are clearly too big for this kind of car.

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I won’t stretch your patience by asking what the car you see on the picture is. Just as you, I also noticed that it’s written in the subtitle of the article. But surely, more explanation is needed.