Dacia Duster evolves for second million

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The new distinctive grille has an ingratiated inlay with the headlights positioned at the car's extreme corners and makes the model appear wider. The new model is likely to make its way to India next year.

Details for now are a little scarce, but the Renault budget sub-brand is boasting about the fettled (but still rugged) design, and greater levels of cabin equipment and higher-end materials.

We spoke today with Renault Australia managing director Justin Hocevar, who told us this new version still wasn't on the cards.

The second generation Renault Duster has been revealed officially.

2018 Dacia Duster Goes Official With Evolutionary Design

The revised headlamp design includes LED daytime running lights divided into three sections. The new aluminium roof bars, a frequent SUV hallmark, extend the line of the windscreen for a more dynamic profile. This is in stark contrast to the overall market, which has experienced declines for four months in a row thanks to a number of factors, including the new, harsher VED regime that came into force in April and economic uncertainty arising from Brexit. Dacia has tweaked the beltline by moving it slightly upwards and they also brought the windscreen forward by 10 centimeters (4 inches), thus making it more steeply raked.

Groupe Renault design boss Laurens van den Acker says he is surprised that other major auto firms haven't attempted to copy Dacia's success by launching low-priced spin-off brands. It is powered by a 115hp 1.6-litre petrol engine that emits 145g/km of Carbon dioxide and returns 44.1mpg, placing it in the 28% 2017/18 benefit-in-kind (BIK) band.

The Renault Duster pretty much kick-started the compact SUV segment when it arrived in 2012 and is now the automaker's second most-selling offering in the country. As far as the rumored seven-seat version is concerned, an extended-wheelbase model has already been ruled out by officials.

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