Renault Australia plotting two utes: Alaskan and Duster Oroch

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Renault Australia is lobbying head office to give it a two-pronged ute line-up to capitalise on massive segment growth.

The flagship you’ve heard of: it’s the Alaskan, Renault’s rebadged NP300 Nissan Navara (not quite the moderate rework that Mercedes’ X-Class is) that has been an incongruous on again/off again proposition for Australia.

But the second part of the equation is less well-known. It’s the left-hand-drive-only (for now) Renault Duster Oroch, a light-sized pickup derived from the Dacia/Renault Duster SUV, the cheap-and-rugged offering that has taken Europe and South America by storm.

The Oroch would give Renault a lightweight dual-cab ute to sit well below the likes of the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger, in a sense re-creating a dormant market segment. It could well undercut Chinese offerings at the bottom end of the market, as well.

The 4.7m long Duster Oroch 4×4 has a five-seat cabin, a 650kg payload, multi-link rear suspension, a basic 106kW 2.0 petrol engine, dashes to 100km/h in 10.3 seconds, both manual and automatic gearbox options, and a range of faux-tough body add-ons.

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