Welcome to the all-new Dacia – now even Dustier.
Why are you showing me this? I can see it’s a Dacia Duster.
Yes, but this is the new Dacia Duster.
Really? Not being funny or anything, but this looks more like a mild facelift. Are you certain it’s new?
We’ve only got Renault’s word on this, and while it’s clearly on the outgoing car’s inner structure, Dacia insist every exterior panel has been changed. This is what they have to say on the matter:
“Dacia has renewed Duster, the brand’s iconic SUV which boasts modern, all-new robust styling. All-New Duster’s adventurer pedigree and ability to stray off the beaten track are expressed by the latest version’s updated design. In keeping with the model’s DNA, All-New Duster combines robust, muscular styling with a truly assertive personality that is emphasised by a brand new body colour, Atacama Orange”.
Gracious me! For a brand that markets itself on no-nonsense values that’s one bulging sack of steaming hyperbole.
I know, shocking isn’t it? I was tempted to satirise it, but it’s beyond parody.
I didn’t think the existing car was that old anyway.
Interesting you should say that. The Duster (as we know it) has been around now since 2010, which surprised me a little as well. According to Renault it’s since sold in excess of a million examples Worldwide.
Leaving aside this ‘all-new’ business, it does seem pretty well executed.
Agreed, I think it’s quite a decent piece of work, appearing a little more slick but retaining the outgoing car’s sturdy appearance.
I notice the tail-lamps seem a little more integrated now. They do look a little familiar however. In fact they seem uncannily like those from a Jeep Renegade?
True, the old ones did look as though Dacia were too cheap to fit the entire unit and now that you point it out, these new ones do look rather familiar.
Anything else been changed?
Well, according to Renault, the windscreen has been brought forward 100 mm and given a steeper rake, which lends the vehicle a sleeker appearance and increases the illusion of space inside. It’s got a higher beltline as well.
Hang on though, isn’t the Duster supposed to be an honest, rugged, upright workhorse, not some prancing lifestyle accessory with ‘adventurer credentials’?
Don’t look at me matey, I’m only the messenger.
I suppose the interior is similarly ‘adventurous’.
Dacia haven’t released photos as yet, but design chief, David Durand claims “it’s more revolutionary inside”. Expect touchscreens.
Wonderful. But speaking of familiar, is it me, or does the front-end ever so slightly resemble a LR Discovery?
I can see what you’re getting at. But you know what they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
You say that, but I don’t see them ‘copying’ the current Disco’s rear end.
Be realistic. Nobody would be that idiotic.
So what do you think Gerry McGovern’s excuse was then?
Hmmm. I suppose everyone has an off-day.
That’s one hell of an off-day…