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Dacia Duster evolves for second million

Reshaped body and upgraded interior for SUV.

Evolution rather than revolution is the theme of the second-generation Dacia Duster, that will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show on 12th September.

The new model will replace the SUV that was the standard bearer of the Romanian budget brand taken over by Renault in 1999. Since its launch in 2010, the original Duster has sold more than one million examples across the world.

Steeper screen

Therefore the redesign concentrates on improving an already successful product. Retaining its predecessor’s platform, the new Duster moves the windscreen 100mm further forward and rakes it at a steeper angle to improve interior space. The car also has a higher belt line – where the side panels meet the side windows, to give an impression of more strength, while aluminium roof bars are also fitted.

The exterior styling retains the muscular look, with distinctive elements from the first version including the squared-off wheel arches. Most obvious changes are at the front end – the headlamps at the very edges of the grille give the car a wider appearance, these lamps have a new signature with LED running lights, and the skid plate is larger with a scratch-resistant chrome finish.

According to Dacia, the interior of the Duster has been completely redesigned, with higher quality and more equipment, though details have not yet been released.

Similarly, no details have been revealed as to the new Duster’s powertrains, though they are expected to replicate the current line-up of 1.6 115hp and 1.5 125hp petrols, and 1.5 110hp diesels.

Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Executivecondominium. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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