Indian tuning company DC Design carried out a fine restyling work on Renault/Dacia Duster, to make it more captivating and seductive. The new package - addressed both to the car body and the interior - has transformed the Romanian SUV in a luxury vehicle with unique features. DC Duster has been customised with faux wood panels and eco-leather upholstery, and has been fitted with a first-class entertainment system as well as top-notch aesthetic solutions.
The dashboard has been modified to go all the way to the rear seats and integrates an amplifier and an air conditioning vent. The interior has been configured to carry 4 passengers. The two rear seats can be recline in six different positions to add comfort and the left seats fold to create a bed. A foldable table is placed in the backrest of the front left seat, while on the back of the right front seat is placed a frame that supports the entertainment system for the rear passengers. The car has been finished with exclusive and luxury colour combinations.
DC Design has created a specific aerodynamic package for the body that mainly involve the front. The entire kit is offered at the equivalent of £4,200. Dacia Duster comes with right-hand drive in this variant because sold on the Indian market.
Renault is set to unveil its crossover SUV ‘Duster’ for the Indian market on Jan 6th, at the 2012 New Delhi Auto Expo. The model is obviously based on the Dacia Duster, the successful SUV that is sold in Europe with the badge of the Romaninan automaker, which is controlled by Renault since 1999. The French manufacturer will produce the Duster locally, in its Chennai plant, in an effort to keep the costs down and take on the Indian market with an aggressive pricing policy. The model will be the fourth Renault car to be introduced in India after the Fluence, the Koleos and the Pulse, a new hatchback that will be unveiled at the same event in New Delhi. The new Duster will enter the Indian market in the second half of 2012.
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German small independent automaker Travec has just unveiled the Tecdrah TTi, a new off-road model sharing the same engine range, all-wheel drive and interior with Dacia Duster. However, the similarities between the two models end here as there’s nothing in the Tecdrah TTi’s look that would remind you of the affordable Romanian off-roader (owned by Renault).
In an attempt to keep weight as low as possible, the car uses a steel frame mounted on a tubular structure made of aluminum bars while the bodywork is not made of conventional metal panels but uses ABS plastic, 70% of which can be recycled. As a result, its weight ranges from 990 to 1,290 kg depending on engine, transmission and on whether the car is equipped with front or all wheel drive.
Travec Tecdrah TTi comes with either a 1.6-liter petrol engine or a 1.5-liter dCi engine delivering 90 hp. Performance numbers announced by Travec in the official press release mention a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration in 14.9 seconds and a top speed of 149 km/h (92.5 mph).
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This is like no Dacia Duster we’ve seen before. The Duster No Limit rally car is a nasty version of the low-cost SUV, created specifically so that Dacia, or rather Tork Engineering, can tackle the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The car was built with the help of Renault Sport Technologies, but this time the Duster is equipped with the VR 38 DETT engine from the Nissan GT-R.
Obviously to make the Duster a rally goer, it gets heaps of updates, including a tubular chassis built to hold a lightweight body made from composite materials including fibre glass, and a very visible rear wing. As to the engine the 3.8-litre V6 normally produces 530 hp, but has been tuned up to 850 hp.
That could be matched to significant torque so the Duster can meet the mountain - apparently we could be looking at about 900 Nm. A six-speed Sadev transmission completes the technical profile, along with a weight which is estimated to be about 950 kg. The Dacia Duster No Limit will be driven by Jean-Philippe Dayraut.
The Dacia Duster could get a slight restyling to freshen things up for next year, as seen in these Duster spy shots from the guys at Autosblog.fr. The Duster low-cost SUV is available in some European markets and it has been a modestly popular model, particularly for those wanting an SUV while on a budget.
The Dacia Duster looks like it will get a sportier and more aggressive trim with a larger front chrome grille, and more chrome on the rear. The interior will also be revisited with an updated central console and steering wheel. Word at the moment is this is either a special edition Duster, or a slight restyling across the range, which could also see the appearance of a new two-litre petrol powertrain with 140 hp.
Yes, you read that correctly: there is a special edition Dacia Duster and it is available only to ski instructors. We haven’t really delved into why the Renault brand would be offering something like this, but suffice to say the Dacia Duster ESF stands for the “École de Ski Français” and if you’re a French instructor, you get exclusive access to one of these for a purchase price of about €18,990.
The special edition Duster comes in white with special badging and has very accessories likely to appeal to someone spending time on the slopes while their car is parked in icy car parks. There is roof rack with space for four pairs of skis, a whole set of spare wheels already fitted with snow tyres and a reinforced aluminium sump guard. It doesn’t sound particularly exciting, but seems practical and if you’re a sensible ski instructor, you might just see the benefits in this.
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A new citycar is to hit the market by 2015 in the form of the Dacia Citadine. The low-cost car company is working on the citycar as part of its model line-up to be complete by 2015. The line-up will also include the restyled Dacia Duster, the Dacia Logan sedan in 2012 and a Logan MPV.
The low-cost citycar could appear with the 1.2-litre petrol engine of the Renault Twingo and could be a four-door, four-seater model. Pricing of the Citadine should be about 5,000 euros making it very competitive in the citycar segment. At the other end of the scale, Dacia is also working on the possibility of a larger sedan about 4.7 metres long, and currently known as the X52. It will most likely be based on the Renault Latitude and would allow Dacia to enter a new segment with a low-cost option under cutting pricing for other manufacturers.
In 2015 the Dacia Sandero should also get a brand new version. A new van and pick-up could also enter the Dacia product family, making for no less than eight new models by 2015. The models, particularly with the Duster SUV and a pick-up, show that Dacia is enjoying some success in overseas markets. It has been doing particularly well in South America where it’s sold under the Renault badge. The Renault-Dacia connection is more tenuous in Europe, but the low-cost option off the back of Renault engines has been a good investment for the Renault Group.
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The future Dacia model range will take design cues from the Duster SUV model as announced by Renault designer Laurens Van den Acker after the 2010 Paris Motor Show. The Duster model has so far been highly successful as a low cost SUV and the next model that will take on a similar design will be the Dacia Logan, expected for a market debut in 2012.
The Dacia Sandero could also adopt the front look of the Duster as part of a mid-career restyling. It’s part of a plan to develop and concretise the Dacia ‘brand image’ although we suspect that the brand will still remain, in the mind of the market, a low-cost brand - making its price point the real unique selling proposition.
In the meantime, Dacia will increase production figures from the current 150,000 units to 180,000 units starting from 2011. This is in order to reduce the current waiting list for the car. Reports indicate that the European car market is in crisis mode, meaning the Duster is still our economic downturn winner for the moment. Renault will be developing its own in-house SUV model but we doubt they’ll be taking any inspiration from the Duster, having had their fingers burnt with the Koleos model.
The Dacia Duster van is now available with Dacia (or unofficial Dacia tuners), redoing the Duster SUV for the Austrian market by creating a panel van version. The Duster Van will be equipped with either the 1.6i 16v engine with 105 hp, or the 1.5 dCi with 85 or 110 hp.
The rear windows of the Duster have been replaced with metal paneling and the rear seats have been removed to create a greater rear space. Glass separates the front cabin from the rear. The space at the back has a volume of 1,636 litres for a maximum weight of 450 kg. Length measures 1.61 metres. The Duster Van is available with front or four-wheel drive and costs from 10,424 euros.
After the news that the Dacia Duster will get new engines, we also find out that a production increase is planned. It won’t be easy though as Dacia already has a six-month delivery time. That’s a long time to be waiting for your new low-cost SUV and of the 35,500 orders taken in four months of availability, only 12,000 Dusters have been delivered so far.
If the company can get over the logistical problems associated with component parts and increasing production line potential, we could be seeing quite a phenomenon on our hands with other manufacturers a bit slow to the low-cost party. Dacia plans to take its Duster production levels from 20 units a day to 35 units a day starting January 2011. There will be a transition period with plans to get to 25 units from October this year.
The orders for the Dacia Duster started from its unveiling at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show and since then it has experienced a boom. The model was originally offered with three engine choices, but of the new engines planned for the Dacia Duster, it gets two new four-cylinder units: a 1.6-litre petrol engine and a 1.5-litre turbodiesel.
Source | AutoEvolution