The new 2019 Dacia Duster 2, which will be revealed in a fortnight at the Frankfurt Auto Show, does not retain any bodywork of its predecessor.
The duster, sold more than 2 million copies since its launch in 2009, will have greatly contributed to democratize the Compact SUV, as well as to beautify the image of Dacia. While still occupying the third place of the podium, how coveted, the sales of compact SUV in Europe, his successor today points to the end of his bonnet.
François Marioe, director of sales and marketing does not hide that the renewal of this fetish model has represented a real challenge. The buyer of Dacia puts the price in the first criterion of purchase, before the style, but by buying a new car it seeks at the same time to be pleased. For proof, the average selling price of a duster is 17,000 euros. It is difficult to touch a model that has become an icon of the brand, especially since it participates much in its profitability. Four years ago, the house-style offices in Romania, Brazil, and France were put in competition, and the French proposal was adopted.
Laurens Van Den Acker, who drives the design of Renault and Dacia, qualifies the inspiration of the French brand of Latin and that of the Romanian of Germanic. Dacia is a specialist of its kind. His style must reassure, despite an attractive selling price that sows doubt. A Dacia must be simple, sturdy and generous. like a trombone!
David Durand, director of the Dacia design, stresses: “The new 2019 Dacia Duster 2 does not retain a BODY element of its predecessor.” The grille is affirmed by stretching to the lights, accentuating the impression of width. The windscreen is more inclined and advanced by 100 mm.
Add satin-colored chrome protective skis, a taller body belt, a smaller rear quarter window that generates a corner profile, black-wing hubcaps, sturdy aluminum roof bars and larger-diameter wheels ( (17 inches), and you get a real silhouette of an adventurer.
The general impression is that of a more successful design. As long as the relationship with the Dacia family remains obvious and is verified through a front face reminiscent of a sander Stepway, while the rear tailgate has some similarities of treatment with that of the Lodgy minivan.
The rear tailgate evokes the Lodgy minivan and the Jeep Renegade LED lights.
Vincent Fournier, project Manager, confirms that this 2019 Dacia Duster 2 is still built from the economic platform B Zero, that of the Logan of 2004. On the other hand, Dacia has invested in a new assembly line that should produce better manufacturing quality, including more precise sheet metal adjustments.
The dimensions of the bodywork, the habitability and the mass would evolve little. Two-and four-wheel drive engines and drives will remain the same as those used this year. However, new engines are likely to arrive in September 2018, in favour of the entry into force of the Euro 6 C standard.
Remains the treatment of the cockpit and the level of equipment, and Dacia announces, again, a lot of changes. At the top of the range, the opening and closing of the doors is done thanks to a hands-free card which operates in an approach or a distance.
We also found new front seats with longer seating, increased lateral maintenance, and a driver-side lumbar support adjustment. Again, the steering wheel is adjusted in height and depth. The dashboard that now has three central aerators seems more robust.
In the center, the multimedia screen is implanted above but its size does not evolve. At least, as a first step, because within a few months, a larger screen will be offered. The general impression is that of a better quality of the materials, impression confirmed by the use of the rotary controls of the automatic air conditioning.
In the equipment section, there is also the possibility of having a blind spot detector and cameras covering the front, rear but also the sides of the vehicle, a useful function in all terrain. Finally, Dacia announces a heightened soundproofing. At equal equipment, The price will not increase but with these new options, the top of the range should climb. Response early 2018, with the start of marketing.