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]