By Stewart Smith on 2017-09-12 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
New Duster sweeps in
DACIA has taken the wraps off its all-new Duster SUV at the major motor show in Frankfurt.
With more than one million cars sold, the big-selling Duster has been revised and updated seven successful years after the model was first released by Renault, its parent firm.
The Duster has been extensively revamped with new styling, equipment and a completely updated interior.
It's as spacious as ever, boasting the same off-road ability and the same low price tag.
The 2018 model comes with muscular front and rear ends which appear wider and the car's lines are more horizontal with a higher belt line. Meanwhile, new roof bars and prominent front and rear skid plates give it a more rugged appearance and new LED front lights give the Duster a new look.
On the inside, the dashboard has been totally redesigned with the MediaNav display moved to the upper part of the fascia. The seats have been entirely revised and careful attention has been paid to the materials, as well as to fit and finish. Stowage spaces have increased and the car's total stowage capacity is now 28.6 litres.
The latest Duster comes with an upgraded equipment level which includes a multi-view camera, blind spot warning, curtain airbags, automatic air conditioning and automatic head lights.
With sales exceeding 434,000 vehicles from January to August 2017, Dacia posted an increase in sales of more than 11 per cent.
The new Duster will go on sale in the UK from the middle of 2018.
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