Renault budget sub-brand, Dacia presented the overhauled Duster model at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show. When the first prototype of this model was spotted earlier in the year, the new version was expected as the 2019 model but the model will hit showrooms this summer as the 2018 Duster. The reworked Duster hasn’t actually undergone the full redesign as it continues on the proven chassis and will use modified engine versions. On the other hand, marque’s boss claims that all body panels are new and the interior has been updated extensively. The new Duster is also better for the new technology including the safety aspect.
However, despite the new Duster hasn’t entered the showrooms yet there are already talks about the future upgrades. The speculations emerged that Rumanian carmaker will offer the seven-seater Duster with the arrival of the 2019 Dacia Duster. The model is supposed to compete with new Skoda Kodiaq. But, as recently was said from the company the seven-seat version won’t arrive as the additional seats would harm model’s compactness as well as the 4X4 capability. So, expect the 2019 model with a few changes in equipment organization and possibly a new trim option.
2019 Dacia Duster: Design
The refreshed Duster arrives on the same underpinning and in the similar proportions as the outgoing version. Designers, however, reworked every panel of the model and additionally pushed the windshield 100 mm forward to open more space inside. The freshened Duster also has bolder grille version and new lighting units are moved to the corners. The hood line and the beltline are also up while prominent fender flares also add to model’s rough look.
Important for model’s appearance are also chrome-finish skid plates, standard LED running lights, new taillight graphic, optional 17-inch wheel, aluminum accents and more.
The 2019 Dacia Duster will likely add to all improvements with new color options and probably with the new exterior theme.
The facelifted Duster boats much-improved interior and new version won’t bring more updates. Dacia introduced the soft-touch materials and upgraded infotainment system to the refreshed version. The new infotainment system supports Apple Car Play and Android Auto features. The system sits higher on the redesigned dash and refreshed model also repositioned the air vents. The comprehensive interior update also introduced the new steering wheel and seats plus revised storage compartments.
The new Duster will also offer multi-view cameras, blind-spot monitoring system, automatic headlights, autonomous braking and more active safety equipment.
2019 Dacia Duster: Powertrains
Mechanically, the 2019 Dacia Duster will rely on the previous version, cheap and reliable underpinning. It again comes in 4×2 and 4×4 configurations and with about 210 mm of ground clearance.
As for the engine options, the Duster will exploit the revised versions of the outgoing model. Depending on the market, it will be available with the 1.2-liter turbo petrol engine delivering 123 hp. A 1.6-liter petrol will also come in 103, 113, and 133 horsepower choices. At the top of the petrol line will be a 2.0-liter 133 and 139 hp units.
The diesel range will include 1.5-liter mills available in 84, 106 and 109 hp formats. Two five- and six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions will also be on the offer.
2019 Dacia Duster: Arrival, Price
The 2019 Dacia Duster will arrive in summer 2019. The price range will start below £10,000.