Dacia unveils 2014 Duster Facelift at Frankfurt Motor Show [Live Photos]

Article by Anita Panait, on September 14, 2013

Dacia has unveiled its face-lifted 2014 Dacia Duster at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Although the face-lifted Duster sports some 4x4 design cues, it still builds on the styling features that buoyed it to success. The Duster’s front end now dons redesigned grille that features two chrome-plated strips. The front end now features a new, lower-set air intake and new double-optic headlights with daytime running lights.

David Durand, Head of Styling for the Entry range, said that designers built on the appeal of the original model and its proportions while modernizing identity components like the grille. He added that designers also strengthened the 4x4 cues of the vehicle, while keeping intact its “useful features.”

He quipped that the 2014 Dacia Duster now boasts of an even “stronger character while retaining its initial DNA.” Highlighting the Duster’s sports utility vehicle character is its Duster-badged roof bars with slatted supports. The Duster rides on new 16-inch ‘Anthracite’ Metal” alloy wheels fitted with “Mud and Snow.”

The rear end of the new Dacia Duster boasts of new lights that mirrors the styling cue of the front end. The Duster also features chrome-plated tailpipe and new “4WD” lettering. Going inside, the Duster dons a completely redesigned dashboard that features a center-mounted console with improved integration. The 2014 Dacia Duster will be available with four new upholstery options, including leather.

The vehicle features new-design seats and a reinforced rear bench seat back, ensuring better comfort for the driver and passengers. The vehicle comes in darker cabin colors, underlining its strong character and its sound 4x4 credentials. Customers could further personalize their own Dusters by availing of a comprehensive range of accessories. They could also avail of two special packs designed to highlight the outdoor look of their Duster units. For instance, the “Adventure” pack includes extended wheelarches and door-sill protectors.

The new Duster boasts of new protection components like protective mats for trunk and cabin, a luggage protection grille between the trunk and the back seats, and seat covers. Customers could also avail of longitudinal roof bars that supports up to 100 kg as well as a loading tray. The new Dacia Duster is powered by any of the engine options, including the debuting a four-cylinder 1.2 liter direct-injection TCe 125 turbo engine, which could provide 90% of maximum torque from just 1,500 rpm. TCe 125 is claimed to be high-performing and economical.

Other available engines for the new Duster include a 105hp 16V 1.6 liter engine, which in some countries is available in a petrol-CNG version for lower running costs. Two versions of the 1.5 dCi powerplant -- with 90hp or 110hp – are also available for the Dacia Duster. Some versions of the 2014 Dacia Duster feature Eco Mode, which helps drivers to cut fuel consumption by locking in to specific driving settings that limit engine performance and thermal comfort. The new Duster also features Gear Shift Indicator (GSI) that employs visual signals to inform drivers the ideal timing for shifting up or down, thereby cutting fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. [source: Dacia]

Press Release

Dacia Duster Facelift

The upgraded New Dacia Duster builds on the the styling features which have contributed to its phenomenal success, while taking on more emphatic 4x4 design cues.

Emphatic 4x4 looks

The front end has been upgraded, with a redesigned grille, adorned by two chrome-plated strips and housing a new, lower-set air intake and new double-optic headlights with daytime running lights. The upgrades underscore the car's on-road stance and robust, "go-anywhere" character.

"We built on the appeal of the original model and its proportions. Identity components such as the grille have been modernized. We have also strengthened the 4x4 cues of the vehicle, while keeping all its useful features. New Dacia Duster gets an even stronger character while retaining its initial DNA." David Durand, Head of Styling for the Entry range

New Duster-labeled roof bars with slatted supports underline the car's SUV character, while new 16-inch "Dark Metal" alloy wheels and "Mud and Snow" tires revitalize the profile of New Dacia Duster.

At the back, new lights echo the styling cues of the front end, notably though the use of chrome. A chrome-plated tailpipe and new "4WD" lettering round out the exterior styling changes and further boost the car's personality.

Comète Grey body paint is now available on New Dacia Duster.

Big changes inside

The interior design of New Dacia Duster has been significantly upgraded to deliver on the promise of its exterior styling even more. It eschews family hatchback cues to wholeheartedly embrace the world of SUVs.

The new, entirely redesigned dashboard features a center-mounted console flanked by two vertical structural components that underline the robust feel of the whole.

Moving further upmarket, New Dacia Duster comes with four new upholstery choices, including leather.

Comfort has been enhanced through new-design seats and a reinforced rear bench seat back.

The darker cabin colors emphasize the strong character of New Dacia Duster and its sound 4x4 credentials.

PERSONALIZED LEISURE

To underscore the design and abilities of New Duster, Dacia offers customers extensive personalization possibilities through a comprehensive range of accessories.

Stronger 4x4 styling

Two special packs are available to further emphasize the outdoor look of New Dacia Duster and express all of its personality. The "Adventure" pack includes flared wheelarches and doorsill protectors, while the "Off-road" pack features a satin chrome side bars and a bull bar.

Accessories that make everyday life easier

New protection components inside New Dacia Duster extend the vehicle's leisure possibilities, with a range of protective mats for trunk and cabin, a luggage protection grille between the trunk and the back seats, and seat covers. Additional equipment includes crosswise roof bars, supporting up to 100 kg, and a loading tray.

Comfort and peace of mind

For even more comfort and peace of mind, New Dacia Duster is now available with front parking sensors, adding to an already comprehensive range of safety accessories that includes a fire extinguisher kit, an anti-theft system, snow chains and a child seat.

New equipment and enhanced features, all at Dacia prices

New Duster comes with new equipment and features, all at classic Dacia prices. The upgraded model gets multimedia technology and even more practical customer features.

Multimedia comes on board

Dacia MEDIA NAV, a complete multimedia system including Bluetooth connectivity and sat nav, is now available on New Dacia Duster (depending on the trim level).
Dacia Plug&Radio, the essential multimedia system, is a simple and effective technology comprising a radio, an MP3-compatible CD player, Bluetooth connectivity, and integrated jack and USB sockets.
Useful equipment in a well-thought out interior

New Dacia Duster features new, useful equipment, including a cruise control/speed limiter, rear parking sensors (on some versions), motion auto-lock, and an exterior temperature display.

The electric window controls, now located on the doors, are equipped with one-touch mode on the driver's side.

New Dacia Duster has even more cabin space and trunk volume, the latter measuring 475 liters (depending on the version). The new model can carry objects of up to 2.70 meters long with the rear bench folded down and boasts as much as 3.3 liters of extra interior storage space.

A new removable luggage shelf offers easy access to the contents of the trunk and helps to better organize storage.

New active safety equipment...

Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is fitted as standard on New Dacia Duster (Euro 5 models). The system keeps the vehicle on course in the toughest conditions, when avoiding obstacles, losing grip in bends and driving on slippery surfaces.

Also fitted as standard, Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) rounds out the ABS anti-lock braking system.

...and passive safety equipment

To bring all occupants excellent safety, New Dacia Duster is equipped (from the first Euro 5 trim level) with front driver and passenger airbags, as well as side head-and-chest airbags.

Drivers and front-seat passengers having forgotten to buckle up are alerted by a visual and audible signal (Euro 5 versions).

The back seats are fitted with Isofix anchor points for the simple and safe attachment of baby and child seats.

New Dacia Duster comes with a cruise control/speed limiter (depending on the version), controlled via the central fascia (system activation) and steering wheel (speed setting).

New TCe 125 petrol engine

The TCe 125 petrol engine is making its debut on New Dacia Duster. The TCe 125, a four-cylinder 1.2 liter direct-injection turbo, offers 90% of maximum torque from just 1,500 rpm. The new powerplant is high-performance and economical, with low running costs. Fuel consumption is a frugal 6.0 l/100km, while the lifetime-lasting timing belt is maintenance-free. The TCe 125 is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.

The other engines

The 105 hp, 16V 1.6-liter engine still powers 4x2 and 4x4 models and in some countries is available in a petrol-CNG version for lower running costs. New Dacia Duster is available with two versions of the 1.5 dCi powerplant, with 90 hp or 110 hp.

Reduced fuel consumption with the Eco Mode function and Gear Shift Indicator Eco Mode (available on some versions) helps drivers to reduce their fuel consumption. When activated, the system locks in to specific driving settings that limit engine performance and thermal comfort in respect of acceptable comfort levels for drivers and passengers.

The Gear Shift Indicator (GSI) uses visual signals to inform drivers of the best moment to shift up or down to reduce fuel consumption and, in turn, CO2 emissions.

Acoustic comfort

The acoustics on New Dacia Duster have been significantly improved. Driving comfort is enhanced by better cabin soundproofing, with considerable work having gone in to reducing road, wind and engine noise.

Perfectly sized

New Dacia Duster keeps the same compact body proportions - 4.31 m long and 2 m wide6 - for impressive agility. Sitting high up, drivers get excellent visibility and can see obstacles coming, making for optimum safety.

A real off-roader

New Dacia Duster is ideal for off-road and tracks use with its reinforced underbody, high ground clearance and off-roader approach angles.

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