Dacia Duster revealed, moving upmarket

Up front, the grille extends to the headlights, making the model appear wider.

Dacia has just revealed an entirely new version of its popular compact SUV, the Duster. While the Dacia Duster has been revealed, when this auto comes to India, it will be badged a Renault. The new crease lines of the horizontal bonnet give a better stance to the vehicle better and the larger, satin-chrome-finish skid plate is scratch-resistant to maintain its smart look.

This is the new 2018 Dacia Duster that will make its debut at next month's IAA show in Frankfurt.

The higher side belt line impresses strength and occupant protection. Shown in a new striking Atacama Orange shade, the 2018 Duster builds upon the robust yet modern looks of the model before it, but with some effective changes here and there. The square-wheel-arch style of the previous Duster has been retained with new roof bars added. The windscreen has been brought forward 100mm compared to the current Duster and is more steeply raked. 17-inch wheels and prominent wheel arches with black wing arch trims highlight the car's adventurer credentials. Horizontal lines and lights positioned at the extreme corners heighten the car's solid stance. The rear satin-chrome-finish rear skid plate gets the same facelift as it's front counterpart. The new model is likely to make its way to India next year.

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In Europe, Dacia posted a first-half sales record with 245,453 vehicle registrations, up 9.3% on the year and equivalent to a 2.6% market share.

New gen Renault Duster is available as an all terrain capable 4×4, and a versatile all terrain 4×2 with a high-set driving position.

More than one million Dusters have been sold worldwide since the original's launch in 2010 and the latest offering comes with all-new styling.

Under the bonnet stays the same with updated versions of the 1.5 litre diesel and 1.2 litre petrol as well as two and four-wheel drive versions.

  • Delia Davidson