Renault has revealed the updated Dacia Duster ahead of its premiere at the Frankfurt motor showon September 10.

Coming just days after Alliance partner Nissan unveiled its Terrano sister car in India, the facelifted Dacia Duster brings a more modern look to the compact SUV first launched in 2010.

The new Duster gains an upgraded front end with futuristic-looking “double-optic” headlight clusters and daytime running lights as well as a redesigned grille with chrome-plated strips and a new lower-set air intake. New mesh for the main central intake has also been added.

Dacia Duster Facelift - 2

At the rear, mildly revised tail-lights flank a new ‘Duster’ number plate garnish and join a chrome-tipped exhaust pipe and parking sensors.

Spruiked as sporting “more emphatic 4×4 design cues”, the refreshed Duster also receives chunkier model-specific roof bars, new 16-inch alloy wheels and mud and snow tyres.

Powered by a choice of three four-cylinder engines – 1.6- and 2.0-litre petrols and a 1.5-litre diesel unit – the Duster measures in 92mm longer and 29mm wider than a Skoda Yeti and is available in both front- and four-wheel-drive.

As with the Terrano, the Dacia Duster is not a model destined for local terrain.




  • Phil

    Did the styling of this inspire the Tata Xenon, or the other way round?

    • 42 = The Answer

      This looks so much better than the Tata

  • Tangible

    Looks much better than Korean build Koleos.
    Renault Australia should sell this car here.

    • Poison_Eagle

      Agreed, but as a Dacia. I like the look of their range, would definately look at a Logan if they had them here, with black bumpers.

      • AUSDAVIDZ

        Yeap, and at $9999 like they sell them in Europe, the punters will be smashing down the door to buy them

  • zahmad

    Like the headlights on this better, but prefer the Nissan grille…

    • birdseye

      I agree. But the curvy lines on the side seem to clash with the vertical and horizontal lines at the front. I know they make these to a budget but did the front, side and rear design studios get together at all to see what the others were designing before they build this? I don’t think the word cohesive was translated well between France and Romania.

  • Liam Sullivan

    I like the front end, interesting light cluster. The rear well…you can see where the Nissan rear lights belong and that just looks dodgy lol

    • birdseye

      Totally;) obviously ran out of money for the rear but they could at least drill two holes so customers have the option of passing extra so they can hang a giant spare wheel there to cover their hideous rear…’at least the rear looks original’ , sorry but it looks like…

    • birdseye

      Totally;) Obviously ran out of money for the rear. They could at least drill two holes so customers have the option of paying extra so they can hang a giant spare wheel there to cover the hideous rear…’at least the rear looks original’ , sorry but it looks like…

  • peddy.d

    What about the Dacia Sandero?

    • Jacob

      James May’s favourite!

      He also loved Suzuki Swift in 2004, lol

  • MisterZed

    Romanian SUV… rofl. Since when has Romania ever had any expertise on building off road vehicles?

    • Roo

      Look up the ARO

      • AUSDAVIDZ

        U are dealing with the village idiot, he thinks auto world utopia is a i45……bwahhhhhhhhhh

  • Tone

    Sell the base model here for $19,990 driveaway (complete with wind-up windows and no radio) and I suspect the Duster would sell like hotcakes. There’s a market for a cheap, tough, no-nonsense car of this calibre.