According to the media reports, the second-generation Dacia Duster will be unveiled on September 12 at IAA 2017 in Frankfurt and go on-sale in Europe from January-2018.
Like the current mode, the Dacia Duster could also be rebadged as the Renault Duster, which is a popular car in developing countries, including India. Dacia, being the low cost brand of Renault, could launch the car in developed markets in Europe and could be sold alongside the Rebadged Renault there.
The recent spy shots gave us the hint that a new Duster is around the corner, though the 3 different rendered images show us the dissimilar design, the overall design of the car could carry the legacy of the outgoing model. Since the Renault Duster is essentially a remodelled version of the Dacia Duster, it’s a simple case of grafting the Renault face on the bones of the new French SUV, and adding a few production-friendly touches.
The car could be dimensionally bigger than the outgoing model. There are even rumours that a 7-seater version is on its way named “Grand Duster”. The engine options will include a 1.2 ltr TCE petrol, 1.6 ltr and 2.0 ltr DCI engine.
The India launch of upcoming Duster is scheduled for launch only in 2019. It will be a better alternative to the slow selling current model of the car here and will fit below the Captur, set to be launched later this-year. The car will be competing against the Hyundai Creta, Nissan Terrano, and to some extent, the Mahindra XUV500.
The new 2018 Duster will be manufactured in the Renault-Nissan plant in Chennai and will also be imported to other developing countries as well.
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