Dacia reveals the third-generation Duster. It comes with a revamped design and a hybrid powertrain

Dacia Duster 3rd generation
Dacia Duster 3rd generation / Photo by Dacia

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

The All-New Duster is built on the CMF-B platform, which plays a central role in Dacia’s industrial strategy. This platform was first used on the latest Sandero and Logan models, then on Jogger.

On the CMF-B platform, Dacia Duster has more space for passengers and luggage than the previous generation, yet is only fractionally longer overall. The platform’s engineering also reduces vibration and noise from the road, enhancing driver comfort.

All-New Duster is available with a 4×4 Terrain Control transmission, which includes five driving settings: Auto, Snow, Mud / Sand, Off-Road, and Eco. Duster’s ground clearance is 217 mm (measurement between axles) in the 4×4 version, the highest on the market.

Duster features downhill speed control. The system principally actuates the brakes to keep the vehicle’s speed under control (based on the driver’s input) at 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.

The third generation Dacia Duster gets a hybrid powertrain, first adopted for Jogger in early 2023. It 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.

It is 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.

In the cabin, a new infotainment system with a 10.1-inch center 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.

Also, 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 useful in the layout they prefer. This digital dashboard comes as standard with Expression trim and up.

Launched 13 years ago, Dacia Duster production stands at 2.2 million units, ranking as Europe’s best-selling SUV across all segments in the retail market in 2022. Around 1,000 Duster SUVs roll off the production lines at Dacia’s plant in Pitesti, Romania, every day.

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