Dacia Duster Gets Powered By Renault-Mercedes Petrol Engine

Following its premiere at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the new generation Dacia Duster has welcomed some important updates.

Detailed during the 2018 Paris Auto Show, the Romanian SUV will soon be available for order with the new Renault-Nissan-Daimler-developed 1.3-liter petrol engines. The unit, which benefits from a gasoline particulate filter and powers different cars from all three automakers, is offered with two outputs in the new Dacia Duster.

The first one makes 130 PS (128 hp / 96 kW) and 240 Nm (177 lb-ft) of torque, and the other one pushes out 150 PS (148 hp / 110 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque.

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Dacia says the front-wheel drive versions of the car, powered by the new engine, will be available for order in the next few weeks, depending on the market. Subsequently, they will launch all-wheel drive variants too, from mid-2019.

Dacia’s infotainment system, the MediaNav Evolution, will gain a new version by the end of the year. It will be compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while enriching the on-board experience will be other apps, including Waze, WhatsApp and Spotify. Pricing will remain unchanged, says the carmaker.

Three different Dacia Sandero Stepways are on display in Paris, called the ‘New Very Limited Series’. Each of them carries a different design theme, and they’re the finalists of a competition launched by the Romanian car brand this summer.

The second leg of the competition will take place from October 2 to 13, with the designs being submitted to the vote of those visiting Dacia’s stand in Paris, as well as web surfers at dacia.fr. The winning design will see their creation embodied into the production version of the model, which will be offered in a limited number.

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  • Six_Tymes

    this engine is sounding more and more interesting

  • designer_dick

    I’m sure Mercedes-Benz A-Class owners will be thrilled by their car using the same engine as a budget Romanian SUV that costs less than half as much to buy. 😂

    • Christian Wimmer

      I will be a new A-Class owner in November and I have no problem with this engine, which I assume is the 1.33-l turbo engine which I have test driven in the new A200 AMG Line. It’s an incredibly smooth, torquey and responsive motor and I came away very impressed from my test drive. I used to think turbo 4-cylinders were unrefined, experienced turbo lag 24/7 and weren’t fun to drive, but this engine taught me that I was wrong. Nissan, Renault and Mercedes are companies which know how to build great engines – and when they combine their talents you get A good motor. 🙂

      Also, the Duster and the A-Class have completely different target markets. The Dacia Duster is a nice car for budget minded people, the A-Class is for those who look for more style, luxury, individuality and of course the coveted MB badge.

      • designer_dick

        On status-obsessed Brexit Island, a £25,000 Mercedes-Benz sharing an engine with a £13,000 Dacia SUV is going to present something of a problem for certain buyers. How good the engine actually is doesn’t matter – they’ll deem it inferior by association.

        • Christian Wimmer

          Some buyers will, many won’t. In the end the A-Class will sell well regardless which engine is under the hood.

          I’ve never frowned upon the the manufacturer of an engine regardless of where they position themselves. What counts to me is the product engineering. The 1.33-l engine was amazing. Felt like a much larger engine and was so refined. If you ever get a chance to drive one do it. 🙂

        • Ilbirs

          The same status-obsessed people that buy Audis that share engines with Skodas.

  • MIL1234

    Mercedes tested a lot of engine before choosing Renault

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