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Pick-ups, or utes as we call them in Australia, are our continent’s most competitive segment an automaker can play in – but they show unique design challenges that are sought when by Europe’s car designers.
This is according to Renault’s Francois Lebione, who elaborated greatly on the very idea of designing a pick-up truck when CarsGuide simply posed if he would like to design one.
“For Renault, pick-ups are a limited field,” he revealed. “We have Alaskan, which is [Renault/Nissan/Mitsubishi] alliance, and another [the Renault Oroch] which is based on the Dacia Duster.
A new generation Renault Oroch could stand a chance for an Australian launch.
“But as a designer, I would absolutely love to draw a pick-up, especially a big one, it’s an old dream of European designers. We don’t see them on the streets, designers love to work on something they are not usually exposed to.”
Renault has toyed beside the idea of launching the Nissan Navara-based Alaskan to our market for slightly time, and has even done some sums in the past to see if it was worth importing the Dacia Duster-based Oroch.
It seems neither has appointed it as far as a confirmation, plus the most recent news from the brand’s local product manager Charly Clercin suggesting that that European-spec Alaskan truck frankly isn’t right for for the Australian market.
“We explored into it and we couldn’t get the car we wanted out of the factory. Local development costs would have added too much to the price,” he told CarsGuide in November 2019.
While details are light on the terrestrial, the Oroch could stand a better chance for an Australian start, as its Duster sibling is already offered in right-hand-drive configuration for South Africa.
Renault has stated to Australian media before that the Oroch could be a viable option in a sub-$35,000 bracket, with a near-700kg payload having once been offered by the Australian-made Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore utes.
The original Oroch, which dates back to 2015, is front-wheel ability and offered with either a 1.6- or 2.0-litre engine. A new generation is due imminently, and it could be then that we learn additional about any Australian launch plans.
On the topic of pick-up designs, Mr Lebione had good things to say near Tesla’s Cybertruck, however.
Turns out Mr Lebione is a Cybertruck fan.
“As a do exercise, it’s perfect,” he said. “There’s no better way to be recognised as a designer than to do something simple. It’s iconic, there is a brutality to it.
“Could I do something bask in this? I don’t know… but as a do exercise I love it.”
This article was available by www.carsguide.com.au with title Why European designers want to make dual-cab utes.
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