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Value SUV gets Sandero-inspired front end and a larger, updated infotainment system
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22 June 2021

The Dacia Duster has been lightly restyled to bring it into line with its new Sandero sibling as part of a mid-life facelift.

Dacia’s new Y-shaped headlight designs and a chrome grille mark the new SUV out from the current car, and more efficient LED front indicators have been fitted for the first time. 

New aero-optimised 15in and 16in wheels and spoiler designs, in conjunction with new wheel bearings, tyres and the more efficient lights, are said to help cut CO2 emissions by 5.8g/km on the four-wheel-drive Duster.

The lightly revamped interior - designed with input from Dacia customers - receives new materials and a redesigned centre console with a 1.1-litre storage cubby, and an 8.0in touchscreen with smartphone integration has been introduced as standard.

Julien Ferry, programme director for the Duster line-up, told Autocar that keeping the Duster ‘recipe’ is an overarching priority, but subtle changes have arrived to secure its continued appeal: “The feedback we have is very good. What we wanted to improve, however, is to give the car a bit more freshness. We wanted to improve the little things that the customer is sensitive to, like the multimedia system with a wider screen.

“We also wanted to improve ease of use, so we put in a new centre console between the front seats, several USB ports [on certain trims] and we also tried to improve the energetic efficiency by reducing its CO2 and consumption." 

Elsewhere, the top-rung TCe 150 petrol engine is now mated to a new six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox - “long awaited”, according to Ferry - and the Bi-Fuel car, more popular in mainland Europe than in the UK, gains a 50%-larger LPG tank

Orders open this summer, with prices expected to start from around £12,000.


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humphrey the pug 22 June 2021
Unfortunately we were told last week, this now won't be arriving into the UK until Q4 2021, so given Renault/Dacia track record of launches I wouldn't surprised if it's actually Q1 2022!
X1X3 22 June 2021

Not to bad as face lifts go am sure will sell loads I wounder when they will bring an electric one?

FastRenaultFan 22 June 2021
I preferred the look of it before the facelift especielly the lights at the front and the back. I think they gave it more character. I am surprised that Dacia did not fit the new dash from the new Sandero into this surely that would not have been hard to do but then it might cost more and maybe the new model in a few years of the Duster will get it's own uniquely designed new dash.
As for a new Chassis come on now it's a revamp not a whole new car. Dacia are properly waiting the get the current Captur or Kadjar chassis for the next Duster.