The prototype you see here is a Dacia Duster single-cab bakkie built by Romanian coachbuilder, Romturingia. Recent comments by Renault Commercial Vehicle Romania chief, Hakim Boutehra suggest that it's nearly production ready
Some two years down the line from the double-cab Duster Oroch international launch, we are still waiting for the go-ahead to be given to a South African model. We have however, come across this Duster-based single cab bakkie prototype, which looks rather good. It was built by a Romanian company called Romturingia, who also built 500 single-cab bakkies based on the first generation Duster (2014).
This latest build is based on the second generation Duster and was shown at the IAA Hannover Commercial Vehicle Show. The model retains the new Duster’s styling but adds a load bay. This Duster bakkie is powered by an 81 kW 1.5-litre turbodiesel engine and comes equipped with an on-demand all-wheel-drive system.
We think that a Renault Duster single-cab bakkie would sell well in South Africa and provide some competition to the ageing Nissan NP200 that currently dominates the 1-tonne bakkie market.
Do you think Renault should produce this single-cab Duster bakkie? If Renault can secure right-hand drive production for this single-cab bakkie and the Oroch, we think it'll be sold in South Africa.