Dacia Coupe Concept photos leaked before the Geneva debut

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 29, 2009

Dacia is proud to say that its first concept crossover, the Duster, is different from the rest. When viewed from the driver’s side, its look is clearly that of a sporting coupé. However when viewed from the other side, it has the appearance of a Multi-Purpose Vehicle.

This is evidenced by the front door that opens in a standard manner while the rear door is rear-hinged. It has a height of 1.49 meters while it measures 1.64 meters wide and 4.25 meters long. The wheelbase meanwhile is 2.80 meters with the front overhang at 65 cm and the rear overhang at 80 cm.

This gives the Duster a sporty appeal as well as allows it to exude a sense of toughness. Power is hinted at by its front with a wide bumper and its two horizontal air-intake slits. The grille contains styling cues that are unmistakably Dacia. Furthermore, the grille is bordered by headlamps which envelop the front wings.

The result is that it forms a narrowing line that goes all the way to the doors. When looked from its side, the lines on the tall doors and that of the wheel arches highlight the look of the Duster sitting on the road. Its one-piece glazed sweep as well as the Anthracite Grey bodywork emphasizes the style that clearly displays the graphic characteristic of the Duster.

The rear portion meanwhile carries the engraved Dacia logo which highlights even further its credentials. Since the Duster’s length is merely 4.25 meters, it has the essential agility like that of the Logan that makes it perfect even in an urban jungle.

Proving that it has a sporting lineage, the aluminum five-spoke 21-inch alloy wheels, aluminium trapezoidal exhaust tailpipes, and the exterior mirrors that have been placed on its window surround. The company made sure to focus on the aerodynamic efficiency of the Duster which stands at a Cd of 0.30.

The body sides have fluid lines that allow air to flow easily on its sides before being discarded on its rear lights. What helps channel the flow of air to the rear part are the direction indicators with its wing-like and aerodynamic shape and position on the roof.

The overall result is that the Duster has better fuel consumption, making it a crossover that is environment-friendly. Consider the fact that even with the performance that the 1.5 105hp dCi engine (77kW) delivers, the fuel consumption stands at 5.3 liters for every 100 km while emissions is at 139g of CO2/km.

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