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New Duster shown at Frankfurt

09.09.2013

THE NEW Renault Duster made its debut in South Africa this week, but already a heavily facelifted model has made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The new Dacia Duster, as it’s known in Europe, will initially be available in left-hand-drive markets only, but we’re sure the rest of the world will follow suit soon after its introduction.

The front end features a redesigned grille with two chrome-plated strips and a new air intake. The front is further enhanced by the addition of double-optic headlights with daytime running lights. The rear features a chrome-plated tailpipe and new ‘4WD’ lettering rounds out the exterior.

The dashboard has been redesigned and features a centre-mounted console with improved integration. Four new upholstery choices are now available on newly designed seats and the reinforced bench rear seat. Also new are the DaciaMedia navigation system and Dacia Plug&Radio, which is basically a radio with an MP3-compatible CD player, Bluetooth connectivity and integrated auxiliary and USB sockets.

The existing petrol and diesel powertrains are joined by a new four-cylinder 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol powertrain. Fuel consumption is perfectly acceptable across the range, making the Duster a perfect inner-city commuter.

The new Dacia Duster will be on European showroom floors shortly, but since the new Renault Duster just became available in South Africa, we’re not expecting the upgraded version here anytime soon.

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09.09.2013
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