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09 September 2013

It's the refreshed Dacia Duster!

Good news! Renault's low-cost arm Dacia gives the Duster a fresh new face, makes its debut at Frankfurt

Amaan Ahmed
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The Renault Duster isn't all that old yet. It's only been a little over a year since it was introduced in India. The segment is hotting up, however, and the Ford Ecosport and its own upmarket sibling, the Nissan Terrano, are already breathing down its neck. Naturally, Renault's budget arm Dacia has prepped up the Duster for the battle, and here it is: the revised Dacia Duster.

You see, the front has new double-optic, DRL-equipped headlamps, the air intake has been lowered a tad, which is all good, but then you've got that slightly fussy new grille - the lower half finished in black, and the upper half decorated with chrome.

There's new roof rails with the car's name scribbled on them, new 16-inch gunmetal alloys, "Mud and Snow" tyres, and some barely-noticeable chrome stuffed inside the re-arranged tail-lamps.

Inside, you get better quality plastics and new upholstery, along with a reworked centre console which now houses a new touchscreen interface with integrated Bluetooth and satnav functionality. There are other useful additions in the form of electronic stability control (ESC), cruise control, automatic door locking, an exterior temperature gauge, side head and chest airbags and a speed limiter.

Dacia's offering a new engine abroad - it's a 1.2-litre, direct-injection turbo petrol with an unspecified power output, but it should make as much, if not more power than the 1.6-litre four-pot we get here. It's efficient, and Dacia has thrown in a new 'Eco' mode and a gear shift indicator on certain variants to make it even more fuel and environment-friendly.

Competition is fierce, and Renault will do well enough to bring this refreshed Duster to our shores very soon.

Tags: frankfurt 13, duster, renault, dacia

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