New Dacia Duster spied in production body

31-03-2023 14:00
Dacia, Renault-owned affordable car marque based in Romania, has taken its third-generation Duster SUV out for some road tests. Earlier this month, the carmaker confirmed that the model would go on sale next year.

Dacia, Renault-owned affordable car marque based in Romania, has taken its third-generation Duster SUV out for some road tests. Earlier this month, the carmaker confirmed that the model would go on sale next year.

In the meantime, a prototype has been spotted driven around in camo, but with what looks like production-ready bodywork and lighting. Like the Logan, Sandero and Jogger before it, the SUV will switch to using an architecture known as CMF-B. It looks visibly larger than its 4.32-meter-long predecessor, but shorter than the Bigster Concept (see video). Dacia is planning to launch the full-size Bigster in 2025, although some of its styling cues can be seen on the new Duster as well.

Last spring, insider reports were claiming that the third design iteration will introduce the Duster to a new all-wheel-drive system – no driveshaft and no on-demand coupling involved. This most likely means that the main engine will only drive the front wheels and lack a connection to the rear axle, which will be driven by a dedicated electric motor. If true, there will be no non-hybrid AWD cars left in the Dacia portfolio. As well, the diesel engines may be ditched now that there is a new hybrid powertrain available. This remains to be seen, though.

In earlier news, spy shots of a Renault-badged Duster were made in India, where it is scheduled to go on sale in 2025. The other markets will get it even later than that. The Dacia Duster will be the first to arrive in most countries except India.

Editor Andrew Raspopov
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