Dacia Duster facelift made its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show, after the Romanian brand Dacia, responsible for developing the globally successful Duster SUV, redesigned the front end with a futuristic looking.
The grille is redesigned with two chrome plated strips, a new lower-set air intake has been added, double-optic headlight clusters and daytime running lights as well. Out back, the changes are limited to new trim on the tailgate and revamped tail lamps. The makeover is to underscore the Dacia Duster’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 modernised. We have also strengthened the 4×4 cues of the vehicle, while keeping all its useful features. New Duster gets an even stronger character while retaining its initial DNA,” said David Durand, Head of Styling for the Entry range of Dacia models.
The most important change is, without doubt, the new 1.2l TCe petrol engine which develops 125hp with a six-speed gearbox. Besides that, the Duster carries on with a 105hp 1.6l four-cylinder engine that can run on either gasoline or compressed natural gas (CNG) and two versions of the 1.5l dCi four-cylinder turbodiesel. Both front and four-wheel drive models are offered.
As for the interior, the Duster will be available with Dacia’s Media Nav touch screed-based infotainment system with Bluetooth for the first time along with the standard features like electronic stability control, indicating the firm effort to get a larger slice of the compact SUV segment.All that for a starting price of under 14,000 dollars or somewhere around 10500 euros. Isn’t that great?
Take a look at Dacia Duster photos from Frankfurt Auto Show.
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