Of all the international auto shows we report from and keep our eye on, Johannesburg's is not among them. And of all the social media sites we monitor for car news, Pinterest isn't usually one of them, either. But those are the venues which Renault chose to unveil the concept you see here.

Called the Détour, it's based on the Dacia Duster – which is sold in some markets, like South Africa, as a Renault. The overhaul is the outcome of a collaboration between Renault's Central European design studio and an oddly unspecified Joburg-based design studio.

Said to combine the spirits of Mad Max, Terminator and the Dakar rally, the Duster Détour features a beefed-up front brush guard with integrated lights and a rear end with LED taillights, dual exhaust tips, integrated diffuser and rear spoiler, which seem a bit incongruous for a rough-and-tumble off-roader. It's also got a two-tone gloss yellow and matte black paint job, which carries through to the wheels, and an extra set of lights mounted to the front of the roof rails.

All in all, it's not a bad take on one of the most back-to-basics SUVs, and makes us wonder if there wouldn't be room in the Nissan lineup for a baby brother to the Xterra...


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      Cursethedawn
      • 1 Year Ago
      There is no mention of them coming to the US but I wonder if Chrysler still holds the Duster name in the States or did it go away with Plymouth? I mean I own a 1970 Plymouth Duster 340 and it about the same color scheme as the Dacia above. LOL
      Felipe Politano
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think Nissan could sell the Terrano (which is the badge engineered version with a Pathfinder nose and more civilian interior) in the US, following its success as a Dacia in many developed markets like the UK. Considering the Duster is sold for roughly 20% more than a comparably equipped Versa, we could have a $16k rough and ready little crossover in Nissan's line up. In Brazil it
        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Felipe Politano
        I know journalist say the duster and the terrano are reskin, but why do they try to differ, most of renault/nisssan vehicles are badge engineering, eg renault scala and the nissan versa, the nissan juke and the renault captur ETC.
      OBrienM
      • 1 Year Ago
      Do you guys NOT realize that this is a badge-engineered Nissan Rogue?
      Spartan
      • 1 Year Ago
      This would be a great Xterra replacement. The BOF SUV is going away so why not replace it with something that isn't punishing to be daily driven. Rebrand this as the Xterra and keep the top trim under $25k fully loaded and you'll have a winner.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spartan
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          Bradford
          • 1 Year Ago
          Cars change size over time. Most get bigger, but others get smaller. I agree with Spartan.
        Felipe Politano
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spartan
        It's not only small, but it's very very spartan as well. The current Renault Duster is said to receive a facelift (previewed in this concept, which is the actual news here) and also receive an upgraded interior - and by UPGRADED they mean ON PAR WITH A NISSAN VERSA. Yeah, it's cheaper inside than a Versa. So no, it couldn't become an X-Terra because it would make absolutely no sense. But it could be sold as the Nissan Terrano (which already existis, and is a badge engineered Duster).
      Enrico Pallazzo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Do you mean the Nissan Terrano that you have already covered? http://www.autoblog.com/2013/08/22/nissans-dacia-duster-based-terrano-revealed/
      Lucky Stars
      • 1 Year Ago
      The original Xterra was great as far as looks and size, they ruined it by getting bigger and bloated
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