But the Duster Oroch still isn’t confirmed, and will be 2021 at the earliest.
Renault Australia has confirmed its business case for the Alaskan ute is firming, with a 2020 launch looking likely.
Speaking with media last week, Andrew Moore, Renault Australia managing director, offered an update on the dual-cab twin to Nissan’s Navara.
“Alaskan is a possibility for early 2020, not confirmed,” Moore said, speaking at the Alpine A110 unveiling at Motorclassica in Melbourne.
“Duster Oroch, what is confirmed is that we can’t get it as soon as that, but we’re still pushing – along with some other markets – for it to be developed right-hand drive,” he continued.
“We have made some progress and pushed our business case for that vehicle, but it wouldn’t be any earlier than around 2021, maybe late 2020, because there’s capacity constraints at the current Oroch factory.”
That’s a significant delay on the initial suggestion of late-2019, floated by Moore in May this year. Production capacity constraints aside, there are a few potential issues with the compact pick-up.
Although the local Renault arm has requested “a high level of safety features relative to the marketplace” for the Oroch, the South American markets where it’s offered at the moment have lower safety standards than Australia, which could also make it tough to get the package our buyers would demand.
“We believe there is strong demand for a lifestyle based dual cab pick-up beyond just the big ladder-frame products available on the market today,” Moore said, speaking with CarAdvice’s Mike Costello in May.
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