The upgraded New Dacia Duster builds on the the styling features which have contributed to its phenomenal success, while taking on more emphatic 4x4 design cues.
The front end has been upgraded, with a redesigned grille, adorned by two chrome-plated strips and housing a new, lower-set air intake and new double-optic headlights with daytime running lights. The upgrades underscore the car's on-road stance and robust, "go-anywhere" character.
"We built on the appeal of the original model and its proportions. Identity components such as the grille have been modernized. We have also strengthened the 4x4 cues of the vehicle, while keeping all its useful features. New Dacia Duster gets an even stronger character while retaining its initial DNA." David Durand, Head of Styling for the Entry range
New Duster-labeled roof bars with slatted supports underline the car's SUV character, while new 16-inch "Dark Metal" alloy wheels and "Mud and Snow" tires revitalize the profile of New Dacia Duster.
At the back, new lights echo the styling cues of the front end, notably though the use of chrome. A chrome-plated tailpipe and new "4WD" lettering round out the exterior styling changes and further boost the car's personality.
The interior design of New Dacia Duster has been significantly upgraded to deliver on the promise of its exterior styling even more. It eschews family hatchback cues to wholeheartedly embrace the world of SUVs.
The new, entirely redesigned dashboard features a center-mounted console flanked by two vertical structural components that underline the robust feel of the whole.
Moving further upmarket, New Dacia Duster comes with four new upholstery choices, including leather. Comfort has been enhanced through new-design seats and a reinforced rear bench seat back. The darker cabin colors emphasize the strong character of New Dacia Duster and its sound 4x4 credentials. To underscore the design and abilities of New Duster, Dacia offers customers extensive personalization possibilities through a comprehensive range of accessories.
Two special packs are available to further emphasize the outdoor look of New Dacia Duster and express all of its personality. The "Adventure" pack includes flared wheelarches and doorsill protectors, while the "Off-road" pack features a satin chrome side bars and a bull bar.
New protection components inside New Dacia Duster extend the vehicle's leisure possibilities, with a range of protective mats for trunk and cabin, a luggage protection grille between the trunk and the back seats, and seat covers. Additional equipment includes crosswise roof bars, supporting up to 100 kg, and a loading tray.
For even more comfort and peace of mind, New Dacia Duster is now available with front parking sensors, adding to an already comprehensive range of safety accessories that includes a fire extinguisher kit, an anti-theft system, snow chains and a child seat.
New Duster comes with new equipment and features, all at classic Dacia prices. The upgraded model gets multimedia technology and even more practical customer features.
New Dacia Duster features new, useful equipment, including a cruise control/speed limiter, rear parking sensors (on some versions), motion auto-lock, and an exterior temperature display.
The electric window controls, now located on the doors, are equipped with one-touch mode on the driver's side.
New Dacia Duster has even more cabin space and trunk volume, the latter measuring 475 liters (depending on the version). The new model can carry objects of up to 2.70 meters long with the rear bench folded down and boasts as much as 3.3 liters of extra interior storage space.
A new removable luggage shelf offers easy access to the contents of the trunk and helps to better organize storage.
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is fitted as standard on New Dacia Duster (Euro 5 models). The system keeps the vehicle on course in the toughest conditions, when avoiding obstacles, losing grip in bends and driving on slippery surfaces.
Also fitted as standard, Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) rounds out the ABS anti-lock braking system.
To bring all occupants excellent safety, New Dacia Duster is equipped (from the first Euro 5 trim level) with front driver and passenger airbags, as well as side head-and-chest airbags.
Drivers and front-seat passengers having forgotten to buckle up are alerted by a visual and audible signal (Euro 5 versions).
The back seats are fitted with Isofix anchor points for the simple and safe attachment of baby and child seats.
New Dacia Duster comes with a cruise control/speed limiter (depending on the version), controlled via the central fascia (system activation) and steering wheel (speed setting).
The TCe 125 petrol engine is making its debut on New Dacia Duster. The TCe 125, a four-cylinder 1.2 liter direct-injection turbo, offers 90% of maximum torque from just 1,500 rpm. The new powerplant is high-performance and economical, with low running costs. Fuel consumption is a frugal 6.0 l/100km, while the lifetime-lasting timing belt is maintenance-free. The TCe 125 is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.
The 105 hp, 16V 1.6-liter engine still powers 4x2 and 4x4 models and in some countries is available in a petrol-CNG version for lower running costs. New Dacia Duster is available with two versions of the 1.5 dCi powerplant, with 90 hp or 110 hp.
Reduced fuel consumption with the Eco Mode function and Gear Shift Indicator Eco Mode (available on some versions) helps drivers to reduce their fuel consumption. When activated, the system locks in to specific driving settings that limit engine performance and thermal comfort in respect of acceptable comfort levels for drivers and passengers.
The Gear Shift Indicator (GSI) uses visual signals to inform drivers of the best moment to shift up or down to reduce fuel consumption and, in turn, CO2 emissions.
The acoustics on New Dacia Duster have been significantly improved. Driving comfort is enhanced by better cabin soundproofing, with considerable work having gone in to reducing road, wind and engine noise.
New Dacia Duster keeps the same compact body proportions - 4.31 m long and 2 m wide6 - for impressive agility. Sitting high up, drivers get excellent visibility and can see obstacles coming, making for optimum safety.
New Dacia Duster is ideal for off-road and tracks use with its reinforced underbody, high ground clearance and off-roader approach angles.
Source: Dacia press