Dacia will premiere the facelifted Duster at the Frankfurt Motor Show in the coming days. In the meanwhile, few high resolution pictures of the facelifted Dacia Duster have emerged on the interweb. They are seen with French registration plates, somewhere near the fringes of a forest.
The question is : When is India getting this facelift?
Sales of the very-successful Duster have tapered off due to inroads made by the mini-yet-chunky Ford EcoSport. While we do agree that the Duster is a more brawny alternative to the Ford EcoSport, that does not warrant a letdown from the French company. A facelift could help get things back on track.
A first glance reveals the different engine grille. Lots more chrome, definitely. There is a peculiar design to the engine grille, let us call it “Serrated”. Next change is the refreshed headlamp cluster. Daytime Running Lamps could have been integrated, and the design is quite similar to the Four-Pod Concept found on the Terrano.
Under the grille, there is a silverish cladding similar to the one on the Indian version of the Duster. The roof rails are also quite similar, but they have the name Duster imprinted on them now. Tail-lamps have been refreshed as well, with the small circular pods having been said goodbye to.
The car, other than that, appears to be quite similar to what we are used to seeing on our roads. Ofcourse, there always exists the probability of getting new paint schemes for the facelifted version. The “4WD” badging also finds a slightly lower and a new position at the rear of the car.
Facelifted Duster Interiors
The interiors are the place where more changes are concentrated. The cabin looks significantly spruced up, and features a new dashboard. There is the provision of a touchscreem for the MediaNav Navigation System as well as the infotainment system. The instrument console is a new design, with three round dials having the speedometer in the center. It also appears that a few buttons have been added on the steering wheel.
The buttons for the power windows have been moved from the central console to the sill on the windows. However, the air-conditioning vents remain unchanged. The photos show the older circular ones. The whole interior looks trendier in the complete shade of black, however, it still appears to be a notch below our expectations.
As of now, there is no official word on the powerplant options. But if we are to believe a Dacia owners’ club from Belgium, the Duster will be pushed forward by the new 1.2-liter turbocharged gasoline engine developing 120 hp, also on offer for the Renault Captur. This engine could replace the naturally-aspirated 110hp 1.6-liter gasoline unit. Will India also get this petrol motor?
Apart from its price, Duster has always been our darling car, this facelift makes it interesting. What are your views?