Clear spy photos of the Dacia small SUV have come through. The car is completely free of any camouflage but seems to have borrowed quite a bit from its Nissan cousins.
Fans of the Dacia brand will be pleased to know that the small Dacia SUV is on the way. Judging from these spy pictures of the car completely uncovered it seems to be production-ready. A previous report suggested that the vehicle would not only use many of the same components but would also take on a notable resemblance to the Nissan Qashqai. That report appears to have been somewhat accurate. Not only is the cousin Qashqai there but others like the X-Trail and the Pathfinder have inspired the front end and the rear windshield designs respectively.
Funny enough a story out of Romania claimed the Dacia SUV would be based on an X-Trail platform, have the group 1.5dCi engine making 105hp (77kW) and 240Nm, and be as long as the Duster. That story was accompanied by highly suspicious pictures of a supposed production version Duster.
Dacia unveiled the Duster concept car at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show in March. It was a radical three-door car with a raised ride height, high-mounted side mirrors and wraparound rear lights. Sadly this uncovered model bears no significant exterior resemblance to the 4.25m long Duster. Dimension-wise as well it looks about the size of a five-seater Qashqai.