Dacia Duster SUV: now with added polish

Published: 23 June 2021

► Makeover for Dacia's SUV
► New tech for improved safety
► Due in showrooms autumn 2021

Dacia's taken the covers off its freshened-up Duster ahead of sales beginning later in 2021.

There's added lustre with a modest array of visual tweaks, but it's under the skin that the Romanian SUV has been buffed-up.

Tell me about the Duster's added sheen

Cast a cursory glance around the latest Duster and you'll be hard-pressed to appreciate the differences until they're pointed out to you.

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Externally, the modifications serve to improve aerodynamics with a resulting reduction in CO2 emissions and fuel consumption. Light units front and rear are now LED-heavy, with Y-shaped daytime-running light signatures that first appeared on the latest Sandero.

There are cleaner wheel designs and tailgate spoiler to cleave the air with greater ease, while up front is a revised grille - it won't receive Dacia's new angular chromosome badge until 2022, though.

Any sparkling interior improvements?

If you're familiar with the current Duster then the interior's makeover will strike you for the lightness of its makeover.

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Higher-end models receive an enhanced multimedia package with an 8.0-inch touchscreen, with a high-set armrest between the front seats hiding a useful central cubby. 

Each Duster also benefits from new upholstery designs and reshaped headrests that permit better visibility

Improved safety and efficiency pledge

One stubborn stain on the Duster's appeal was its three-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating, with a particularly dismal 37% score for safety assist systems.

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Dacia has cleaned-up its act a little in this regard with blindspot warning, parking sensors and cameras and hill-descent control on 4x4 versions, but mentions of the continued lack of automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control have been conveniently swept under the carpet. Don't expect a much-improved result if Euro NCAP retests it.

Engines remain similar to before, with the dCi 115 being the sole diesel - and the only version available with four-wheel drive. Petrols come in TCe 90, TCe 130 and TCe 150 forms, the latter exclusively with a six-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission.

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Electrification is conspicuous by it's absence, with the low CO2 champion being the Bi-Fuel TCe 100, using petrol or LPG. Good news for fans of the cheaper fuel is that the LPG tank has had its tank capacity improved by 16.2 litres.

Expect pricing details for the polished Duster to be confirmed during summer 2021, with small increases expected across the range.

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By Keith WR Jones

Managing editor of the Bauer Automotive hub and car brochure library owner