The Dacia Duster has been a popular choice for those who want a simple, affordable car that can go off-road. Its third-generation crossover, set to arrive in 2024, will embody the brand's long-standing 'less is more' design ethos with a renewed focus on outdoor pursuits. The new Duster will be reimagined with an enhanced emphasis on its credentials as an activity-focused proposition to strengthen its competitive edge over newcomers like the Jeep Avenger, Mini Aceman, and Ford Explorer.
The Dacia Duster has always been an excellent car for adventure, and the new model takes that to the next level. The design team has worked to "remove unnecessary things to focus on really important things." The Duster will have a more box-shaped design, similar to its Renault Austral sibling, but with a flatter front end and longer overhangs. Dacia's new sleeker facia will also make an appearance. The Duster will get a spacious interior and a modular roof storage system that could feasibly accommodate a tent for overnight stays.
Dacia's product boss, Julien Ferry, has emphasized that the Duster's off-road ability will be a priority for the current model's successor. The Duster's off-road ability is one of the reasons it is one of the cheapest four-wheel-drive SUVs on sale. The next-generation Dacia Duster will keep the recipe and update it following customer demand. The Duster will have an enhanced off-road appeal, making it the perfect car for adventure seekers.
The next-generation Dacia Duster will be based on the Renault-Nissan-Mistubishi Alliance's CMF-B architecture, as already used by the Duster's smaller Dacia Sandero sibling. This paves the way for the next-generation Duster to adopt the same Renault-derived hybrid powertrain as will soon be rolled out to the Dacia Jogger. The hybrid powertrain pairs a 1.6-liter petrol engine with two electric motors for 138bhp and 184 lb-ft. While an electric Duster is not expected in short to medium term, the CMF-BEV platform is closely related to the conventional CMF-B structure used for the Duster, which makes it feasible for cars based on each to be produced at the same location and even on the same line.
The new Dacia Spring electric car is one of the region's cheapest mainstream EVs. The brand intends to maintain affordability as it switches to electrification. Even with EVs being too expensive, the Dacia Spring is quite cheap for an electric vehicle. Dacia will expand its product offering at the upper end by introducing its largest model yet, the ruggedly styled C-segment Dacia Bigster SUV, which is set to launch by 2025 as a rival both to the Nissan Qashqai and the Volkswagen.