It was no secret that Dacia was readying the next-generation version of its Duster for some time now, which is Renault badged in developing markets including India. The 2018 Dacia Duster (2018 Renault Duster) is officially unveiled at ongoing 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.
On the exterior front, the new-gen Duster will sport a new nose and new headlights. In keeping with the model’s DNA, all-new Duster combines robust, muscular styling with a truly assertive personality that is emphasised by a brand-new body colour, Atacama Orange. Its new aluminum roof bars and more prominent front and rear skid plates point to its adventurer credentials.
The company claims that the cabin of the Duster will be a bit larger due to the windshield moving ahead by 100mm. So, overall the Duster does look fresh from both the exterior as well as the interior. The officially released images of the interior show a black dashboard trim, a large touchscreen, a four spoke steering wheel, and three AC vents in the middle along with one at each end of the dashboard.
There are five engine options, two petrol – SCe 115 (2WD and 4WD versions) and TCe 125 (2WD and 4WD versions) mated to a manual gearbox, two diesel – dCi 90 (2WD version) and dCi 110 (2WD and 4WD versions) mated to a manual gearbox, while dCi 110 engine (2WD version) is also available with EDC automatic transmission. The SCe 115 engine has a LPG-compliant version.
The 2018 Dacia Duster will go on-sale in the Romania and other first markets by early-2018, and the all-new model is scheduled for UK in mid-2018. A report in Economic Times claimed that the second-gen Renault Duster will go on-sale in India sometime in between January to June, 2019. Once launched here, this 5-seater SUV will be competing with the Hyundai Creta, Nissan Terrano, Maruti Suzuki S-Cross and the Honda BR-V.
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GALLERY: 2018 Dacia Duster (2018 Renault Duster)