Rumors of an all-new 2017 Dacia Duster have been flying around for quite some time now. Although we can’t authoritatively claim to know the specifics, rumor in town has it that it sports a new front fascia and interior design. See, the Duster has had quite a phenomenal growth in its class thanks to lots of value it offers for the money, availability of a four-wheel drive system, and a spacious interior and cargo volume. Its release date is rumored to occur sometime in the latter half of 2017.
Once available, the new 2017 Dacia Duster is set to battle against the Skoda Yeti and 2017 Nissan Qashqai. One advantage the Skoda Yeti offers over the Duster is the powerful output the top-of-the-range model delivers. The 1.8 TSI engine generates a whopping 158 horsepower to the four wheels via the six-speed DCT system. As for pricing, the Duster arguably remains the “value for money” product in its segment.
The Nissan Qashqai, on the side, offers a significant upscale design quality than the Dacia. Although both are a product of the same company, Nissan offers tons of advanced specs and a well-built interior. But it is imperative to note that the Qashqai was not built to rival the Duster as the two serve two unique parts of the market.
Any News About The 2017 Dacia Duster Release Date Or A Price?
Pricing details are still missing in action, at least the last time we checked. However, pricing for the UK market should still be around $12,247 at current exchange rates. As you may already know, the Dacia Duster 2017 is exclusively offered for the European markets. But who knows maybe Renault is think of introducing it in the USA.
Its release date should be expected sometime in the latter half of 2017.
2017 Dacia Duster Exterior Details
According to teaser images from Renault, the new model will features an upgraded front end, adorned by chrome-plated housing and strips, a redesigned grille, new double-optic headlights, and a lowered set of air intakes. This is what David Durand, Head of Styling is rumored to have said, “The new 2017 Dacia Duster is getting even more appealing proportions and identity components. It will return with an even stronger character than before while retaining its roots.”
Heavy Redesign Of A 2017 Dacia Duster’s Interior
The interior, on the other hand, is also slated for a thorough redesign. The interior eschews family hatchback cues in favor of a functional SUV profile. Some of the changes to expect include a redesigned dashboard design, new roof bars’ design, new upholstery choices, new seat designs, and darker cabin colors. Also like before, the new model is expected to offer a comprehensive range of accessories meant to offer buyers lots of personalization possibilities.
Engine Specs Are Unchanged?
Facelifts to the engine department are highly unlikely. That said, we should expect it to be offered with two engines as before – a 1.6L petrol engine and a 1.5L diesel unit. The petrol engine delivers an outright performance but some find its revving rather wheezy especially at low revs. The other available mill is the 1.5L diesel engine that should be a favorite option for those who want to keep up with every day, main road traffic.
Ride quality of the existing model was a tad bit old fashioned because the suspension was rather spongy and soft. Rumors allege the new model is designed to perfectly balance sportiness and comfort. If this is confirmed to be the case, then we should expect a forgiving ride quality able to smoothen out road imperfections effortlessly.
Also, in addition to the safety features that were offered previously – emergency brake assist, ABS anti-lock braking system, and a slew of passive active systems, the new model is also rumored to come with a slew of advanced safety features such as a blind spot monitor with rear-cross traffic alert, lane mitigation, hill assist, and pedestrian detection.