New Generation Of Dacia’s Budget-Friendly Duster SUV Is Here

The all-new Duster from Dacia is ready to pick up where the previous generation left off after
making its world premiere at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Even though Dacia released a few images of the car a couple of weeks back, Frankfurt marks the first time we’ve been able to catch a glimpse of the crossover’s interior, which has been fully redesigned and is now more user friendly.

“By building on the strengths of its predecessor, the All-new Duster simply brings customers more – all for a price that is still unbelievably affordable,” said company exec, Jean-Christophe Kugler.

“As you can see, every single feature we added helps to facilitate motoring. The all-new Duster is more Duster than ever. It’s an off-roader that will take customers further in even greater style and comfort.”

The exterior, as we noticed before, features more muscular front and rear ends, making the car appear wider than it actually is. There’s also a higher belt line, new roof bars and prominent front and rear skid plates. A new LED front light signature completes the new Duster’s heavily updated look.

As for the interior, it’s completely new, with a redesigned dashboard where the MediaNav display has been moved to the upper part. The seats have also been entirely revised and upgraded for comfort and support, while the materials have been improved as well. Dacia has also increased the Duster’s stowage capacity to 28.6 liters by adding new and more clever stowage spaces.

A host of new equipment is also available on the new Duster, starting with the Multi-view camera, Blind Spot Warning, Curtain airbags, automatic air conditioning, hands-free card, keyless entry and automatic headlights.

On and off the road, the all-new Duster is supposed to deliver an improved 4WD experience. Aside from the previously mentioned multi-view camera, the car also comes with Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist, while the 4×4 monitor system incorporates a compass and notifies the driver of the vehicle’s angle in real time.

In terms of engines, there’s a choice of two petrol units: SCe 115 (2WD and 4WD) and TCe 125 (2WD and 4WD), both available with manual gearboxes. There are also two diesel options: dCi 90 (2WD) and dCi 110 (2WD and 4WD), where the latter can be specified with an EDC automatic. Last but not least, an LPG version of the SCe 115 unit is available as an option.

Dacia’s all-new Duster will go on sale in the UK starting with mid-2018.


  • Dennis James

    Looks great for the price, inside and out. Actually, the exterior looks much better than cars twice the price. I quite like the new interior, it is clearly a step up from the old one but of course tradeoffs had to be done. I suspect the single picture posted (until now) does not do it justice.

    Plus, it finally has a start-stop button and card instead of the old-style key 🙂

    Here is a different picture of the new interior:

  • TheHake

    The interior is better than the previous one, but still not up to scratch. Sad, since the exterior looks great!

    • dj_aris

      The switches above the a/c panel look nice! And the a/c itself! I’d like to see the cluster though.

      • TheHake

        I agree with that, but have a look at the SatNav surround…

        • Dennis James

          Just order it without SatNav and use your phone 🙂 Car’s entertainment systems become obsolete and laggy quite fast after purchase (like 2-3 years) while the car itself can be used for up to 10 years with no issues. On these cheap cars the entertainment systems are not very integrated with the car, so you can just skip them and not lose anything.

          • TheHake

            Then the whole dash looks like that surround! :-0

    • haudit

      Are you forgetting how low the price of the Duster starts from? The UK base price of £9,995 for the FWD Access model is the same as the much smaller Renault Twingo city car, and even when you go much further up the range, it still costs thousands less than what you’d pay for a basic Nissan Qashqai or Renault Kadjar. With that in mind, I think the new Duster’s interior is absolutely up to scratch.

      • TheHake

        No I’m not forgetting. But they could have made it look better, even for cheap.

        • alexxx

          Maybe…just maybe you are forgetting 😂

          • TheHake

            Well… maybe… 😐

    • Marty

      I think it looks robust, functional and just a little bit clunky. Which is actually a perfect design specification for this kind of car. Like a low budget Land Rover.

      • TheHake

        I Like the Duster. Always have. Just don’t like the interior.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Good News!! :p)

    • Eythan Aldrich

      finally…..someone is making a reference to james may again XD

  • Dennis Scipio

    Yeah, it’s a nice crossover.

  • supermanuel

    Definitely better looking than the last one.

  • sidewaysspin

    Very nice, a good compromise in everything. Not a fake SUV has nice ground clearance and can be equipped with 4WD it’s actually usable off-road.