2018 Dacia Duster to Debut in Frankfurt
Renault-owned and Romania-based Dacia is a low-cost vehicle producer that primarily serves Europe and other global market, so don’t expect to see this subcompact crossover SUV any time soon in the U.S. But like others in the category, the Duster has grown to be Dacia’s highest volume seller and it looks to build on that success with a much needed redesign, the first since the vehicle was introduced in 2010.
Part of that allure is the rugged SUV-inspired styling, which carries over on the new model. In additional to muscular, flared wheel arches, the Duster sports front and rear brush guards and skid plates, extra driving lights, 17-inch wheels and tires and a roof rack. Dacia offers the Duster in front- and all-wheel drive versions. One of the main selling points in affordability and Dacia likes to tout the fact that buyers get the amenities of a C-class (or compact) at B-class (subcompact) pricing.
While like most vehicles in its class that are based on more car-like platforms with transverse mounted engines, Dacia says a strengthened subframe, 8.26-inch ground clearance, short front and rear overhangs along with reduced crossing angles (30-degree angle of attack, 36-degree departure angle and 23-degree ramp angle) give the Duster some fairly impressive off-road chops. Dacia is promising more technical details at the Frankfurt reveal.