2018 Dacia Duster snapped at an outdoor event post IAA 2017 premiere

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Post its world premiere at the IAA 2017 in Frankfurt, Dacia held a private event in Romania for prospective customers to get a closer look at the car and its production in Mioveni, Romania. The new Duster will go on sale from early 2018 in Romania.

2018 Dacia Duster at an outdoor event in Romania
The new Duster will go on sale from early 2018 in Romania.

The second generation Dacia Duster (second generation Renault Duster) takes an evolutionary step up, with respect to design. It has a more contemporary front fascia featuring sleeker halogen headlamps with LED DRL, bolder bumper designs with new skid plates, 17-inch dual tone alloy wheels and redesigned roof rails. The Duster showcased is finished in Atacama Orange; one of the new colours available to customers. It measures 4.3 metres long, 1.8 metres wide and offers a ground clearance of 210 mm.

Unlike the exterior, the interior has been completely redesigned for a more contemporary look. Some of the highlights include the four-spoke steering wheel from the facelifted Dacia range (which has a regular horn pad), new instrument panel, new centre console housing the familiar 7-inch MediaNav Evolution infotainment system, new piano key type controls, three central air vents, new automatic climate control. Contrary to what previous rumours suggested, the new Duster will not be available as a 7-seater at launch.

2018 Dacia Duster interior black

There are five engine options available (depending on market): two petrol, two diesel and one LPG. The 1.6 SCe 115 and 1.2 turbocharged TCe 125 are the petrol options, while the 1.5 dCi 90 and 1.5 dCi 110 are the diesel options. The 1.6 SCe 115 engine can also be had in a LPG-compliant version. Transmission options include both manual and 6-speed EDC automatic transmissions. As before, a 4WD system is also available in higher variants.

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