Nip and tuck

New Duster is fami­lar yet more ma­cho

Evo India - - FIRST LOOK -

THE NEW DUSTER BROKE cover at the Frank­furt mo­tor show and Da­cia’s bread and but­ter model gets a mi­nor facelift and noth­ing else.

Re­tain­ing the older car’s pro­por­tions, Da­cia has given it an up­mar­ket feel with flow­ing lines that blend bet­ter than the ear­lier model, which had started show­ing its age. The ex­te­rior changes in­clude an all­new grille, LED DRLs, new front and rear bumpers with scratch re­sis­tant skid plates and new squared LED tail­lights. The wind­screen has been pushed for­ward by 100mm to cre­ate more space in the cabin. The belt­line of the car has been moved higher too.

There was spec­u­la­tion about the new car in­cor­po­rat­ing a third row of seats. Re­nault has how­ever squashed it. Re­nault-Da­cia has rea­soned that the brand wanted to re­serve the com­pact­ness and off-road ca­pa­bil­ity of the model, the lux­ury of which, adding a third row of seats wouldn’t af­ford.

Inside,

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com­plete makeover with the ad­di­tion of a new touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem and dig­i­tal cli­mate con­trol con­sole. The seats get new uphol­stery and the ma­te­ri­als on the inside ap­pear more pre­mium. The dash­board de­sign re­mains func­tional, just like the out­go­ing vari­ant.

The en­gines are be­ing car­ried for­ward and the Duster will con­tinue to be pow­ered by the same 1.5 diesel and 1.2 petrol units, in Europe. We ex­pect it to make it to In­dia some time later next year, as Re­nault In­dia would ob­vi­ously pre­fer to cap­i­talise on the newly launched Cap­tur.

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