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DACIA DUSTER 2024: DESIGN, PERFORMANCE, TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

The All-New Dacia Duster opens the next chapter in the story of a model that has grown into a standard-setter in its market. It is an all-around icon, encapsulating everything the Dacia brand stands for: ‘Robust and Outdoor’, ‘Essential but Cool’, and ‘Eco-Smart’. Duster was born in 2010, overhauled for the first time in 2017, and rose to the top by rewriting the SUV rulebook.

DACIA DUSTER 2024: STRONGER AND MORE ASSERTIVE DESIGN

Dacia Duster 2024 front view

Dacia has reinvented Duster’s design. It still has the striking looks that propelled the previous generations to the top – especially its solid, sturdy SUV character – but pushes them further with Dacia’s new, distinctive design.

Before starting work on All-New Duster’s style, we honed its proportions to find a robust and balanced posture. When you get the proportions right early on, you don’t need gimmicks to tweak style later. We wanted the exterior and interior design to be consistent. The taut and tough style inside makes you feel properly protected.

David Durand, Dacia Design Director

Dacia’s philosophy of providing all the essentials applies to the All-New Duster’s design as much as every other model.

The design team started by looking at the cabin, bonnet and wings. Then they assembled them into the whole car to give the model a modern, well-built style, with deliberately taut, self-confident lines.

The simple shapes and volumes add to the design’s power, including the sharp, vertical face, chamfered wheel-arch guards, large tailgate and side windows reaching seamlessly from bow to stern.

The All-New Duster is shielded with a stylish belt wrapping around it. The side underbody shields connect to the hallmarks and the wheel arches, which connect to the front and rear bumpers, making the All-New Duster more robust and ready for the outdoors than ever.

The All-New Duster’s design is consistent; it moves with the times and combines its adventurous character with a more sustainable edge.

  • The front and rear skid plates are dyed in the mass, meaning the plastic is already coloured when injected to make the part. Not using paint is good for the environment and customers, as scrapes and scratches won’t alter the original colour.
  • The side underbody shields, wheel-arch guards, hallmarks, triangles on the front bumper, front and rear skid plates and rear shield tail are made of a sturdy material called Starkle®. Designed by Dacia’s engineers and LyondellBasell’s chemists, the material unveiled on the Manifesto concept car is up to 20% recycled. Its composition includes white particles that give it a mottled look, which Dacia decided to flaunt instead of painting.

This feeling also comes from the high, vertical new dashboard. The shape of the air vents, which resemble the wheel arches, adds to the consistent feel.

Like the outside, the inside comes with all the essentials – the features that serve a purpose. Much work went into the ergonomics, including the 10.1-inch centre screen positioned in the driver’s field of view and at a 10° angle toward them. The new automatic transmission controls are particularly driver-friendly. The steering wheel’s flattened surfaces at the top and bottom make it exceedingly comfortable.

Lastly, the new ‘Y-shaped signature’ underscores the link between the All-New Duster’s interior and exterior:

  • Inside, the surface of the air vents is Y-shaped (and Copper in the Extreme trim), and the Y also appears around the door-panel armrests. The brand name in the middle of the steering wheel has been replaced with the Dacia logo.
  • Outside, the All-New Duster’s head and rear lamps are arranged in a Y; the same shape is visible on the alloy wheels. These are also chrome-free (the way the materials are polished is what gives them their shine)

We wanted to make the All-New Duster’s design more attractive than ever by making the style even more quintessentially Duster and Dacia, by vigorously and proudly reasserting our values: ‘Robust and Outdoor,’ ‘Essential but Cool,’ and ‘Eco-Smart.’

David Durand, Dacia Design Director

THE CMF-B PLATFORM OF THE ALL-NEW DUSTER BOOSTS PERFORMANCE

Dacia Duster new version

The All-New Duster is built on the CMF-B platform, which is central to Dacia’s industrial strategy. This competitive and highly flexible platform was first used on the latest Sandero and Logan models, then Jogger. It provides all the versatility Dacia needs to deploy its ambitious product plan optimally.

On the CMF-B platform, the All-New Duster has more space for passengers and luggage than the previous generation, yet it is only fractionally longer overall. The platform’s advanced engineering also reduces vibration and noise from the road, enhancing driver comfort. It provides a quantum leap in driving pleasure with an unmatched connection to the road.

The CMF-B platform has also embarked on the All-New Duster on its journey to electrification, as it can accommodate powertrains using mild-hybrid and full-hybrid technologies.

The new CMF-B platform is a key asset to develop the Dacia line-up both today and tomorrow. We can see all its potential on the All-New Duster. It houses high-efficiency electrified powertrains, significantly enhances performance across the board and keeps the appeal and accessibility that have made it a hit.

Patrice Lévy Bencheton, Dacia VP of Product Performance

ALL-NEW VERSION OF THE DACIA DUSTER IS ROBUST AND OUTDOOR: THE ALL-NEW DUSTER IS BOLDER THAN EVER

All terrain Dacia Duster

The All-New Duster’s off-road capabilities are unparalleled in the non-expert 4×4 market (“non-expert” means 4×4 vehicles without close-ratio transmissions), so outdoor fans can enjoy it without worry.

ENHANCED ALL-TERRAIN CAPABILITIES WITH THE 4X4 VERSION OF THE NEW DACIA DUSTER

All-New Duster is available with a 4×4 Terrain Control transmission, which includes five driving settings:

  1. Auto: the transmission automatically distributes power between the front and rear axle according to wheel grip and speed
  2. Snow: optimizes trajectory on slippery roads with specific ESC and anti-skid settings
  3. Mud / Sand: for unsteady terrain
  4. Off-Road: top performance on rugged terrain. Very similar to the current Duster’s 4×4 Lock mode but with the added advantage of automatically and optimally distributing torque to the front and rear wheels according to grip and speed
  5. Eco: optimizes fuel consumption by regulating air conditioning and the vehicle’s performance. It optimizes the torque distribution to the front and rear axles to the maximum possible extent to limit fuel consumption while adapting to the road’s grip.

The All-New Duster’s ground clearance is 217 mm (measurement between axles) in the 4×4 version, the highest on the market.

With up to 31° at the front and 36° at the rear (4×4 versions), the approach and departure angles allow it to clear even more obstacles. It has a 24° for the ventral angle. 

The All-New Duster features downhill speed control, especially on rough terrain and steep slopes. The system principally actuates the brakes to control the vehicle’s speed (based on the driver’s input) between 0 and 30 km/h. It kicks in regardless of the selected gear (including reverse), so the driver can ignore the accelerator and brake pedal and focus on steering.

A new All Road Info system is introduced with useful information displayed on the 10.1-inch centre screen during off-road driving. Information includes:

  • Lateral tilt
  • Uphill and downhill pitch
  • Power distribution to the front and rear axles (4×4 version)

EXTRA-HEAVY-DUTY SHIELDING AND MATERIALS

  • Exterior: the entire area around the body is now protected from light bumps and scratches. The flank shields connect to the wheel-arch guards and front and rear bumpers, forming a protective belt. The large skid plates under the bumpers protect the underbody.
  • Interior: the cabin is heavy-duty. This is especially apparent in the Extreme trim, which comes as standard and with washable TEP MicroCloud upholstery and rubber mats in the front, rear, and boot. The mats are 20% recycled.

TOUGHER MATERIALS

As mentioned, by dyeing the front and rear skid plates in the mass, the plastic is already coloured when injected to make the part. The colour, therefore, is unalterable (unlike paint). Inevitably, scrapes and scratches may leave marks, but they will be practically invisible, as they will not alter the colour.

The shields around the car are made of Starkle®, a new material created by Dacia’s engineers. It is not painted, so scrapes and scratches will not leave conspicuous marks.

The All-New Duster also introduces more InNature accessories:

  • Sleep Pack, first introduced on the Jogger, will also be available for the All-New Duster. A bespoke design for the All-New Duster is a simple, removable and affordable 3-in-1 box containing a double bed that folds out in less than two minutes, a tray table and storage space. The Sleep Pack measures 1.90 metres long and up to 1.30 metres wide.  
  • A new roof rack is convenient for outdoor activities and can hold up to 80 kg (maximum dynamic weight). It fastens effortlessly onto the modular roof bars in the transverse position or to aftermarket roof bars.

DACIA DUSTER 2024 IS ECO-SMART: MORE SUSTAINABLE AND AS AFFORDABLE AS EVER

Eco Dacia Duster

True to Dacia’s values, the All-New Duster provides an affordable alternative for more sustainable driving, combining new hybrid powertrains and recycled materials.

NEW HYBRID POWERTRAINS ON DACIA DUSTER 2024

Duster Hybrid
  • All-New Dacia Duster HYBRID 140: This powertrain, which Dacia adopted for Jogger in early 2023, is now available with All-New Duster. It is built with technologies that Renault Group has tried and tested and comprises a 4-cylinder, 1.6-litre, 94 hp petrol engine, two electric motors (a 49 hp powerplant and a high-voltage starter generator), and an electric automatic gearbox (with 4 engines ratios and 2 motor ratios). This combined technology is possible because the system is clutchless. The regenerative braking, the 1.2 kWh (230 V) battery’s high energy recovery capacity and the gearbox’s efficiency make it possible to drive in all-electric mode up to 80% of the time in cities, which reduces consumption by 20% (mixed cycle) to 40% (urban cycle). The engine always starts with electric power.
  • All-New Dacia Duster TCe 130: This is the first time Dacia has used this powertrain, which provides an initial degree of electrification. It combines a new-generation 3-cylinder, 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine using the Miller cycle (reduced pump losses optimize efficiency) and a 48 V mild hybrid motor. This motor aids the internal combustion engine when the car starts or accelerates, reducing average consumption and CO2 emissions by about 10% compared to an internal combustion engine with equivalent power. It also provides more power during acceleration than the existing TCe 130 model, making the vehicle more responsive and smoother. The regenerative braking system charges the 0.9 kWh battery without making a noticeable difference for the driver. The TCe 130 powertrain has a 6-speed manual gearbox in the 4×2 and 4×4 versions.
  • All-New Dacia Duster TCe 100 Bi-Fuel: Dacia, the unchallenged LPG leader in Europe, is the only carmaker to provide a dual fuel (petrol and LPG) option on all its internal-combustion models under the Bi-Fuel label. The All-New Duster has this built-in tried and tested technology that guarantees safety and reliability. On average, when running on LPG, the All-New Duster TCe 100 Bi-Fuel releases 10% less CO2 than a comparable petrol engine. It can drive up to 1,300 km (WLTP) with its two tanks holding 100 litres between them – 50 litres of petrol and 50 litres of LPG (the latter is under the boot floor, so it does not affect cargo capacity). A button built seamlessly into the dashboard switches the engine from one fuel to the other instantly and imperceptibly.

MORE SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS ON THE ALL-NEW DACIA DUSTER 2024

All-New Duster is the first production model to use Starkle®, a new material invented by Dacia’s engineers. It is 20% reused polypropylene and entirely paint-free, meaning the carbon footprint from its production process is smaller. The side underbody shields, wheel-arch guards, hallmarks, triangles on the front bumper, (add-on) front and rear skid plates and rear shield tail are made of Starkle®. Making the front and rear skid plates with a dyed-in-the-mass material limits the paint used.

  • Overall, roughly 20%* of the plastic in All-New Duster is recycled, which is considerably more than the usual ratio in the segment and an 8-point gain on the previous generation.
  • Dacia has decided to stop using leather and decorative chrome in all its models, in both cases, for environmental reasons.
  • The user manual is smaller to use less paper. The full version is available online from the MyDacia application.

* In the polymer category, as proposed in the future regulation on end-of-life vehicles (ELV)

THE ALL-NEW DUSTER CONTINUES TO DELIVER UNRIVALLED VALUE

  • The All-New Duster will continue to fulfil Dacia’s value-for-money pledge. It will combine the most affordable prices in its segment with a larger passenger compartment than ever before into the best bargain on the market
  • It will feature more technology, including a new 7-inch digital dashboard, a new 10.1-inch centre touchscreen and a new infotainment system
  • The All-New Duster will be brighter than ever, with modular roof bars and the introduction of the clever Dacia YouClip accessory system

ESSENTIAL BUT COOL: MORE TECHNOLOGY AND MORE GOOD THINKING

The All-New Duster illustrates Dacia’s philosophy for technological progress. It must be sound, intelligent, affordable and make life easier for its users.

A MORE DIGITAL AND MORE CONNECTED INTERIOR ON DACIA DUSTER 2024

Connected Dacia Duster

A new infotainment system with a 10.1-inch centre touchscreen is included as standard in the Expression and up and available with both multimedia systems from Duster, namely Media Display and Media Nav Live:

  • Media Display, which will be factory-built into the All-New Duster Expression models, includes four speakers and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity
  • Media Nav Live, which will come as standard in Journey and Extreme models, includes all the above plus a connected navigation system providing real-time traffic updates and a six-speaker Arkamys 3D Sound System.

Media Control, featured in the Essential trim, is a complete infotainment system you can control from the steering wheel. It displays media-related information on a 3.5-inch screen next to the analogue cluster on the dashboard. It has four speakers, a Bluetooth connection, a USB port and a smartphone stand built into the dashboard. When you connect it to the free Dacia Media Control app, you can control the radio, other media and several other features from your smartphone screen.

Native connectivity meets new European GSR2 requirements and, in the vehicles with Media Display and Media Nav Live, provides even more connected services, including:

  • Firmware Over The Air (FOTA) so you don’t need to visit the Retailer Network for software updates
  • Connected maintenance, which you can check on the MyDacia smartphone application

The All-New Duster is the first to feature a 7-inch customizable colour digital dashboard, where the driver can display the information they find most valuable in the layout they prefer. This digital dashboard comes as standard with Expression trim and up.

The Media Display and Media Nav Live versions also include two USB-C ports at the front and two at the back to power up to four devices. All these ports are backlit.

All trim levels feature a dedicated phone slot. Versions equipped with Media Display and Media Nav Live feature a YouClip smartphone holder with two USB-C sockets at the front and two at the rear to power up to four devices.

A wireless smartphone charger is in the centre console, within reach for both passengers at the front. It comes as standard in all upper trim levels.

DUSTER 2024 COMES WITH NEW DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS

Assitance systems in Dacia Duster 2024

The cruise control/Speed limiter is now standard on all trims. Automatic low-beam headlights are available in all trims. Moreover, automatic switching between low and high-beam headlights is standard in All-New Duster Extreme and Journey models.

New driver assistance systems, added to All-New Duster to meet the latest European safety requirements, such as automatic emergency braking (in urban and suburban areas, including detection of other cars, pedestrians, bicycles and motorbikes), traffic sign recognition and speeding alert, rear parking assist, emergency stop signal, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, driver attention alert, and emergency calls (eCall). And, to make its customers’ lives easier, Dacia is adding a clever button, My Safety, for drivers to configure their favourite driver assistance systems quickly.

OPTIMISED COMFORT IN DACIA DUSTER INTERIOR

All-New Duster provides the best value for money in its segment. Switching to the CMF-B platform has opened up more space inside, especially in the width at the front and the legroom at the back (+30mm). Its boot floor is lower, and its opening is broader and higher. The boot is wider and higher, providing up to 6% extra space (472 litres under the parcel tray in the All-New Duster 4×2).

As comfort starts with a completely stress-free driver, the All-New Duster has various amenities to make life easier. An electric parking brake is included in the Expression trim, and the Extreme and Journey trims, by default, come with door mirrors, electric adjusting, and a folding mechanism. As it is readier than ever to tackle the harshest conditions, the All-New Duster can is also available with a heated steering wheel and a de-icing system in the windscreen.

Dacia’s engineers invented YouClip, a simple and practical system to hold several accessories in specific areas in the passenger compartment and hold them tight. The All-New Duster comes with three (in the Essential trim) or five YouClip grips throughout the car.

They can hold a tablet stand, a storage pouch, a smartphone stand with an induction charger, or a “3 in 1” (cupholder, bag hook and movable light). This ingenious 3-in-1 system is factory-built into Duster Extreme, and all YouClip-compatible accessories are available from the Dacia Retailer Network.

DACIA DUSTER 2024 – ALL VERSIONS IN A RANGE WITH EVERYTHING YOU NEED

Dacia Duster 2024 - rear view

Today, about 70% of Duster customers opt for the higher-end trims. Accordingly, the All-New Duster line-up now has three tiers. These are Essential, Expression, and a new choice between two distinct yet complementary top trims – Extreme, for outdoors fans and an intense driving experience, and Journey, for those who prefer low-key elegance and comfort. Both the latter will be available at similar prices.

Key standard equipment and features include:          

  • Duster Essential: media control, fixed roof bars, six airbags, rear parking sensors and more.
  • Duster Expressionsame as Essential + 17-inch alloy wheels, 7-inch digital dashboard, 10.1-inch centre touchscreen with Media Display infotainment system and Apple CarPlay / Android Auto wireless replication, reversing camera and more.
  • Duster Extremesame as Essential + modular roof bars, washable TEP MicroCloud upholstery, rubber floor and boot mats, automatic air conditioning, Media Nav Live infotainment system with connected navigation, hands-free keycard, electric door mirrors, YouClip 3-in-1 system, Copper Brown decorative touches inside and out, and more.
  • Duster Journeysame as Essential + 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, automatic air conditioning, hands-free keycard, electric parking brake, wireless smartphone charger, Media Nav Live infotainment system with connected navigation, 6-speaker Arkamys 3D Sound System, and more.

ABOUT DACIA:
Born in 1968 and then relaunched by Renault Group in 2004 across Europe and Mediterranean countries, Dacia has always offered the best value-for-money cars by constantly redefining the essentials.  As a game-changer, Dacia proposes simple, multi-purpose, reliable cars in tune with customers’ lifestyles.

Dacia models have become a reference on the market, including Sandero, the best-selling retail car in Europe each year since 2017; Duster, the best-selling SUV to European private customers since 2018; and Jogger, the C-segment versatile family car.

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