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Kez Casey | Nov, 22 2015 | 3 Comments

Renault has a new trophy to add to the cabinet of the corporate HQ poolroom, taking the gong for Brazil’s car of the year.

But the winner wasn’t a car - it was a ute.

While the Alaskan ute, shown as a concept and based off the Nissan NP300 Navara, might be the one you have in mind, Brazil’s COTY went to the Duster Oroch.

The Oroch is built off the bones of Renault’s low-cost Duster SUV - that same Duster is sold under the Dacia brand in some markets.

It’s a segment-straddler. Smaller than the dual-cab utes we see in Australia, but larger than the popular light-car based utes that populate South American streets.

It’s a similar approach adopted by the recently unveiled Fiat Toro, a dual-cab ute that shares its platform with Jeep’s Cherokee SUV.

In the Fiat line-up, the Toro slots in below the Fiat Fullback which is essentially a rebadged Mitsubishi Triton to be offered in Africa, the Middle east, and parts of Europe.

This award to the Oroch comes after deliberation from the good folk at Brazil’s CAR Magazine, in conjunction with a public vote. Scooping 62 percent of the vote made the Duster Oroch a clear winner.

If the Duster Oroch looks like your cup of tea there’s some bad news. It won’t be joining the Australian Renault range, however, just to really confuse the issue, if you’d like to get your hands on a Renault-badged ute the Alaskan could be the answer.

At the announcement of the Alaskan concept Renault’s Australian MD, Justin Hocevar, told TMR that the business case for the big dual cab was promising.

“We’re not hiding the fact that this is a very important vehicle and that we’re very interested in it," he said.

"In fact, we’re working hard on the business case (for Australia) and it is looking extremely good. Timing is not confirmed, there is still some time to go, but we’re extremely pleased.”

The Alaskan utilises the chassis, powertrain, and much of the bodywork from the Nissan NP300 Navara, with styling changes expected at the front and rear.

Renault Alaskan
Renault Alaskan

The production Alaskan is still to be revealed, but with its Navara progenitor already in full-scale production, the showroom ready version shouldn’t be too far away.

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