Dacia Duster (w/ Video)Thu, 10 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0800
Renault's Romanian subsidiary has unveiled the production Duster, a small all-terrain vehicle that the brand plans to launch in the European, Turkish and Maghreb markets.
First seen in concept form at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, the Dacia Duster is a response to the unmet need for an economical and affordable off-roader, a category of vehicle the company developed for emerging markets.
The Duster is claimed to exude a sense of ruggedness through its high ground clearance, wide wheelarches, imposing grille and body protection. But while all-terrain vehicles are typically associated with bulk, the Duster is compact, standing just 4310mm long and 1820mm wide. Off-road ability is enhanced by its 30 degree approach and 35 degree departure angles.
Inside, the sixth vehicle in the Dacia range is claimed to offer the most cabin space for its price, with seating for up to five adults. Both front and rear occupants enjoy the same amount of space as passengers in the brand's larger Logan sedan.
The Dacia Duster will be available in two or four-wheel-drive variations powered by either a 1.6-liter 110hp gasoline engine, or a diesel powerplant generating 85hp or 105hp when it goes on sale in Spring 2010.
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