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by Matt Brogan

The mid-sized Dacia Duster 4×4 (measuring in at 4.31m long x 1.82m wide) has today been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show.

The high-riding offering is unmistakably off-road in its intent with 210mm of ground clearance, short overhangs (822mm front / 820mm rear) and generous clearance angles (30 degrees approach / 36 degrees departure).

Available in 4×2 and 4×4 specification, the light-weight Duster weighs in at 1,160kg and 1,250kg respectively, the Duster is based on a platform sourced from the Logan family and uses a wishbone (front) / multi-arm (rear) suspension arrangement.

Inside, the five-seat cabin is modern, uncluttered and functional, and offers seveal areas that can be modified with different colours and surface finishes. Particular attention has been paid to cabin ergonomics to ensure that the controls are conveniently positioned and that driving data is easy to read.

The 4×4 control mode allows control over Duster’s six-speed gearbox and permits three modes: Auto, Lock and 2WD – similar to the Nissan X-Trail.

Duster is available with a choice of engines that include one petrol (1.6-litre / 82kW) and two diesel units (1.6-litre / 63kW & 1.6-litre / 82kW). The diesel versions emit from 135g of CO2/km (for the 4×2 version) and from 145g of CO2/km in the case of the 4×4 version.

Active safety features include ABS, EBA, EBA, ESC (an option on some versions), CSV understeer control and Traction Control, while on the passive front, dual front airbags and three-point inertia reel seatbelts are standard. Depending on the varaint, and country sold, side and curtain airbags are also available.

The Dacia Duster will be sold under a range of brands including Renault, Logan and Sandero depending on the country of sale, and goes on sale in Europe following the Geneva Motor Show.




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