New Dacia Duster 4x4: The Modern Day Lada Niva

We don't know if the Renault - Nissan Alliance's new Dacia Duster 4x4 will be as capable as the Lada Niva when it comes to off-roading, but it appears that the Romanian firm is aiming to create a modern day successor to the Russian 4x4 with its latest model that was officially revealed today. In Renault's own words, the Duster is "an economical to buy and run, tough, reliable and easy-to-use 4x4, aimed at motorists looking for an everyday car with real off-road ability."

The company says that while the Duster's price will be comparable to that of a city car (e.g. Ford Fiesta), its exterior and interior dimensions are more akin to those of a C-segment compact car (e.g. VW Golf VI) offering enough space for five passengers and their luggage.

Based on the B0/Logan platform, the Duster measures 4.31 meters in length and 1.82 meters in width meaning it's about the same size as the recently facelifted Nissan Qashqai crossover.

According to Dacia, the Duster's boot has a volume of up to 475 dm3, while with the rear benchseat folded and tipped forward, its carrying ability can exceed 1,600dm3.

The Duster will be offered with either a 1.6-liter petrol engine in 110hp and 85hp guises, or a 105hp dCi diesel powerplant, all available with two-wheel or four-wheel drive.

The 4x4 variants make use of Nissan's all-wheel drive system which allows the driver to choose from three different driving modes - Auto, in which the front/rear torque split is calculated automatically as a function of available grip, Lock, whereby 50 per cent of torque is consistently fed through the rear axle, and 4x2 where the transmission is locked into two-wheel drive for maximum fuel efficiency.

Renault / Dacia (take your pick) says that the Duster is a genuine off-roader offering a strengthened undercarriage, a high ground clearance (more than 200mm) and big clearance angles (approach angle: 30 degrees; departure angle: 35+ degrees).

Furthermore, the Duster also boasts a low unladen weight at 1,180kg or 2,601 lbs in 4x2 form, and 1,280kg or 2,822 lbs in 4x4 form.

The company said that depending on the market, the compact sized model will come equipped with ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution and emergency brake assist, and front and side airbags.

Sales of the Dacia Duster will begin in Europe, Turkey and the Maghreb region (Algeria, Morocco) from Spring 2010.

From June 2010, the Duster will also be available in Ukraine, the Middle East (Israel, Jordan, Syria, Egypt and Lebanon) and in some African countries badged as a Renault, while in 2011, it will be sold in the Gulf States.

For these markets, the Duster will be produced at Renault's Pitesti factory in Romania.

In 2011, Renault will begin production of the Duster at its Curitiba plant in Brazil for distribution in Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and Chile, while at a later date, the Duster will go on to be manufactured at the Avtoframos plant in Moscow, Russia.


Anonymous said... »December 08, 2009

Bona fide no frill with strong character....I like it !!!

Anonymous said... »December 08, 2009

Well, it looks a lot better than a BWM X1!

Anonymous said... »December 08, 2009

Very Ugly !

Anonymous said... »December 08, 2009

baby pajero...

Anonymous said... »December 08, 2009

proper 4x4 ability..... it s a no low range vehicle, it s more like an all weather car..

Anonymous said... »December 08, 2009

bravo Dacia!

Neinfectat De Comunism said... »December 08, 2009

not too bad...looks better than a x1

Anonymous said... »December 08, 2009

Niva has slightly better Off-Road abilities.
But it is really the best Dacia ever.

Anonymous said... »December 08, 2009

looks like a rebadged nissan x-terra

Anonymous said... »December 08, 2009

The headlights and front grill are definitely not the greatest... I don't know what they were thinking ! Or maybe YES, if on top of a great price, it had REAL greats looks, it could overshadow the other models the Renault group has to offer.
Too bad

Anonymous said... »December 09, 2009


Anonymous said... »December 09, 2009

Design goes together perfectly with the price tag.

Anonymous said... »December 10, 2009

"An economical to buy and run, tough, reliable and easy-to-use 4x4, aimed at motorists looking for an everyday car with real off-road ability"...
It is for drivers who do not show off their cars. Not for snobs.
It is for good/sane/upright persons.
I like it.

Anonymous said... »December 11, 2009

^This car is definitly not sane...there are a lot of things happening on it.

ZEROAERO said... »December 13, 2009

This car is seriously going to make Dacia huge, there's been such a gap in the market since every brand wants to go upmarket, chasing BMW and Audi, here however is a no-nonsense, tough vehicle that doesn't try to be something it's not- excellent work Dacia

Anonymous said... »December 18, 2009

I own a Lada Niva and i can say there is no better car in the world for that kind of money when you thinking about leaving the road to go OFFROAD!!! And please do NOT compare dacia with BMW and Audi, they are not on the same level

Anonymous said... »January 06, 2010

please READ what is written, I was saying it is refreshing to see a manufacturer NOT chasing Audi and BMW, so that is by far in no conceivable way comparing it to the said German manufacturers DUMBA*S!

Anonymous said... »January 10, 2010

i am very nosy about the duster interier

Anonymous said... »January 20, 2010

its the same platform as logan with some reinforcements. Logan is doing well on bad roads. it could do great for a car - 110 CP at 1150 Kg - thats good ratio but the car will be blow away by wind.

Anonymous said... »March 05, 2010

The car is in Guiness Book for the most afordable SUV in the World. Renaul-Nissan did a good job, wait to see the sales!

Anonymous said... »October 31, 2012

Look good and for the price it will sell well .a car /off roader for the comman man

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