Dacia Duster: a more efficient and electrified third generation

This SUV was presented under the slogan “More Duster than ever”, what does that mean?

Dacia presents the third generation of the Duster, a model with a long history of success which, during its 13 years of marketing, has been rewarded with more than 40 awards and 2.2 million units produced. This revival will continue to be consolidated in the European market, since this model was the best-selling SUV on the Old Continent in 2022 and wants to maintain its position in the industry.

This Duster is manufactured at the Dacia plant in Pitesti, Romania, and is capable of producing 1,000 units per day, or approximately one vehicle per minute.

The third generation of this model comes with a significant aesthetic renovation, but still preserving the lines that contributed to its success with its previous generations, whose main motto is to deliver a robust vehicle. Now, this Duster adopts a new identity and as the design chiefs explain, they wanted to go to the essential and eliminate the artificial.

In general, we have a more horizontal hood, thin and extended headlights that integrate with the grille. A detail that the brand informs is that the side protections of the underbody and wheel arches, the distinctive parts, the front bumper triangles and the rear bumper skirt are made with a new material.

The dimensions have not been changed and it retains the 4.34 meters long, 1.81 meters wide, 1.66 meters high and 2.6 meters wheelbase.

Inside we find a 7″ customizable digital dashboard, a 10.1″ touch screen on the central console for the driver. Its multimedia system has wireless updates, like on higher category models, made possible thanks to a new electrical and electronic network of greater capacity and power.

New engines

Duster focuses on a more sustainable vehicle and launches new hybrid engines and burying the diesel engine. The first option (HYBRID 140) is composed of a 94 hp 1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine accompanied by two electric motors, one of 49 hp and the other connected to the automatic gearbox.

On the other, we find a 1.2-liter three-cylinder turbo gasoline unit (TCe 130) accompanied by microhybrid technology (MHEV) and a small 0.8 kWh battery, associated with a six-speed manual gearbox. .

Finally, Dacia is not giving up LPG in Europe (the only manufacturer to offer dual gasoline and LPG carburetion in all its thermal models under the ECO-G label). When running on LPG, it emits 10% less CO2 compared to a gasoline engine and offers up to 1,300 kilometers of autonomy.

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Source: Latercera

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