The Dacia Duster has been formally unveiled, and we have the full details inside.

Dacia has officially unveiled their new SUV, which looks much more conventional than previously conceptualized.  The Dacia Duster will be sold as both a 4x2 and 4x4, with each featuring an economical pricetag and low emissions ratings.

Three different engines will be available on either, including 85- and 105-horsepower dCi diesel units, and a 1.6-liter 16V 110-horsepower petrol unit.  The company claims fuel consumption will be frugal, with each of the engines producing as little as 140 grams of CO2 per kilometer.

At 4.31 meters long by 1.82 meters wide, the Dacia Duster will compete with the new Mitsubishi RVR crossover.  However, while the Mitsubishi sports a streamlined design, the Duster will appeal to customers looking for a more conventionally-shaped SUV.  This also means that Dacia execs and engineers did away with many of the round features seen on the Dacia Duster concept on display in Geneva last March. 

Three different modes can be chosen by the driver, including 4x2 for driving on roads, "Auto" to allow the car to calculate how much torque to send to the front or rear wheels, and "Lock" which constantly sends 50% of torque to the front and back.  Bosch 8.1 anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, dual front airbags, and three-point belts are all part of the safety features.  With a 200+ millimeter ground clearance, the Duster will have ample space to navigate in mild off-road situations.

The Dacia Duster will hit the European marketplace, including Algeria, Morocco, and Turkey, next spring.  Beginning in June, the SUV will go on sale in parts of the Middle East, the Ukraine, and parts of Africa as a Renault.

Eventually, the Renault-badged Duster will also sell in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, the Persian Gulf States and Russia.

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