Dacia breidt uit en dat mag geweten zijn! Het budgetmerk gaat mee met de hedendaagse trends en brengt een SUV op de markt.
De Dacia Duster is bovendien niet gewoon een SUV, maar kan zelfs (uiteraard optioneel) over vierwielaandrijving beschikken. De Dacia Duster is volgens Dacia sterk, betrouwbaar, gemakkelijk in gebruik en geschikt voor de chauffeur die dagelijks toch een beetje off-road moet. De nieuwe Lada Niva? Bovendien is de Dacia Duster volgens Dacia nog ‘ns economisch in aankoop én in gebruik.
De wagen zal uiteraard goedkoop zijn, dat is immers de doelstelling van Dacia. Verder is er een 4×2 dieselversie, die minder dan 140 gram CO2 uitstoot per gereden kilometer. De 4×4 versies zullen minder dan 150 gram CO2 uitstoten. De Dacia Duster is vooral bedoeld voor groeimarkten zoals het Oostblok en Brazilië, maar zal ook in Europa verkocht worden, vanaf de lente in 2010. De wagen werd ontworpen met de noden van de hedendaagse consument in het achterhoofd.
De Dacia Duster weegt leeg 1.180 kg als je over een 4×2 versie beschikt, anders weegt hij 100 kg meer. De 4×4 versie kan in verschillende modi gezet worden. De eerste is AUTO, waarbij de wagen zelf kiest waar de kracht van de motor naartoe gaat. Uiteraard kan je ook kiezen voor de LOCK modus, waarbij 50% van de kracht standaard naar de achteras gaat. Verder kan je er ook voor kiezen in de 4×2 modus te rijden, ideaal voor een laag brandstofverbruik.
Onder de motorkap zijn er 3 motorisaties beschikbaar. Alle motoren komen – uiteraard – van Renault. De instapmotor is een 85 pk sterke dieselmotor. Voor wie het nog wat meer mag zijn, is er een 105 pk sterke variant en voor de benzine-liefhebber is er een 110 pk sterke benzinemotor.
Aangezien de Dacia Duster op een indirecte manier ook een Renault is, heeft men extra op de veiligheid gelet. ABS en EBV (Elektronic Brakeforce Distribution) zijn aanwezig. Vooraan krijg je 2 airbags en, afhankelijk van de versie die je aanschaft, krijg je ook nog zij-airbags.
DUSTER, THE NEW CAR FROM DACIA THAT
REWRITES THE 4×4 RULEBOOK
· Following the successive launches of Logan, Sandero and Logan MCV, plus Logan van and Logan
pick-up, Dacia is today poised to take on the 4×4 market with Dacia Duster.
· Dacia Duster is a tough, reliable, easy to use 4×4 aimed at motorists looking for a daily driver with
real off-road ability.
· Dacia Duster is economical both to buy and to run:
– economical to buy: an unbeatable performance/equipment/space package for its price.
– economical to run: available with a choice of thrifty engines featuring low fuel consumption and
low CO2 emissions. The 4×2 diesel versions of Dacia Duster will emit less than 140g of CO2/km,
making them eligible for the Dacia eco² signature, while the 4×4 diesel versions will emit less than
150g of CO2/km.
· Dacia Duster is proof that it is possible to produce an all-terrain vehicle that is not only functional
and affordable, but also respectful of the environment. Dacia, which pioneered a fresh approach
to the way consumers view the automobile following the launch of Logan in 2004, has once again
showcased its ability to think outside of the box with Duster.
· Dacia Duster will be manufactured at the brand’s Pitesti plant in Romania. The Pitesti factory will
manufacturer both the 4×2 and 4×4 versions for the European, Turkish and Maghreb markets, with
sales scheduled to begin next spring (2010).
· Duster is a truly international vehicle, both in terms of its markets and production. It will gradually
become available across the world, badged as either a Renault or a Dacia, following the example
of Logan and Sandero.
THE GENESIS OF THE DUSTER PROJECT: A RESPONSE TO AN UNMET DEMAND
The Duster project was born out of the simple premise that a real need existed in the world for a comfortable,
strong and affordable 4×4, a category of vehicle which is currently not well served. Aware of this gap, the
Renault group decided to develop an all-terrain vehicle aimed initially at emerging markets. The needs of
European customers were also taken into account from the very start of the project.
– In emerging markets (Russia, Brazil, etc.), the middle classes aspire to owning a modern car that reflects their
social status. At the same time, they want a strong car that is reliable, versatile and capable of standing up to
climatic demands and conditions that can be both tough and varied (long distances, rugged, difficult terrain, use in
built-up areas, often within large conurbations, etc.). The current offer is largely dominated by imported SUVs,
which are often priced beyond the means of these middle classes.
– In Europe, Dacia’s success has highlighted the demand for modern, reliable and affordable cars. Although the
current range of 4x4s and SUVs is quite extensive, it neglects the call for a functional, affordable all-terrain
vehicle, favouring instead showy SUVs that are expensive and often ill-suited to the needs of all-terrain motoring.
DACIA DUSTER, EVERYTHING A 4×4 SHOULD BE
Indisputable 4×4 looks…
At first glance, Dacia Duster is clearly a 4×4. Its front end exudes a sense of ruggedness, and the wide wheel
arches, imposing chromed grille and sump guard all point to Dacia Duster 4×4 credentials. Seen from the side, its
high ground clearance, clearly-defined wheel arches and body protection are an open invitation to take on even
the toughest roads and tracks.
Today’s all-terrain vehicles are often synonymous with bulk, a preconception which Dacia Duster sweeps aside.
Standing at a length of just 4.31 metres and a width of 1.82 metres, Dacia Duster is very compact, making it as
at home in built-up areas as it is when taken off the beaten track. Although it clearly demonstrates that it
belongs to the world of all-terrain motoring, Dacia Duster boasts attractive, yet unostentatious lines.
…with genuine go-anywhere ability
Dacia Duster was designed to tackle all types of roads and tracks, all over the world. In order to meet these
varied needs, Dacia Duster will be available in all markets in both 4×2 form (for customers looking for high
ground clearance, high driving position but who have no real need for a four-wheel drive daily driver) and
with 4×4 transmission for off-road driving.
Dacia Duster’s strengthened underside is suitable for dirt roads and all-terrain use thanks to its high ground
clearance (more than 200mm) and big clearance angles (approach angle: 30 degrees; departure angle: more
than 35 degrees).
Dacia Duster is easy to drive and not only aimed at all-terrain aficionados. The combination of its low unladen
weight (1.180kg in 4X2 – 1,280kg in 4X41) and compact proportions ensure particularly agile handling. In the 4X4
version, thanks to the unique and intuitive control (sourced from Nissan) located in the cabin at the foot of the
central column, Dacia Duster drivers can easily adapt the vehicle’s transmission configuration to meet
their needs of the moment. This control allows one of three modes to be selected:
– When the AUTO mode is selected, the front/rear torque split is calculated automatically as a function of available
grip. This system is aimed at providing optimal traction, however much grip is available, and gives Dacia Duster
genuine 4×4 ability. In normal conditions, the torque is transmitted through the front wheels only. If traction is lost,
or when grip is at a premium, some of the torque is transferred to the rear axle. In extreme conditions, the torque
is split equally front and rear. This split is performed by an electromagnetic torque converter supplied by Nissan.
– In LOCK mode, the driver electronically locks it into 4×4 mode, whereby 50 per cent of torque is consistently fed
through the rear axle. This mode is recommended in low grip conditions (snow, mud, dirt, sand) at low speeds.
– In 4×2 mode, the transmission is locked into two-wheel drive. This mode is suited to driving on good roads and
reduces fuel consumption.
A DACIA 4×4 WHICH DELIVERS ALL THE STRENGTHS EXPECTED OF THE BRAND
Duster, the sixth vehicle in the Dacia range, remains true to the brand’s philosophy by offering unbeatable
cabin space for its price, plus low running costs thanks to its thrifty fuel consumption, as well as a high standard
of security and reliability whatever the conditions.
Unbeatable cabin space for its price
Although Dacia Duster’s price is comparable with that of a city car, its exterior and interior dimensions are more
akin to those of a compact car from the next segment up.
Dacia Duster comfortably seats up to five adults. Both front and rear occupants enjoy the same amount of
space as Dacia Logan passengers.
Dacia Duster’s boot capacity is unbeatable, too, with a volume of up to 475dm3 ISO (depending on version).
With the rear benchseat folded and tipped forward, Dacia Duster offers impressive carrying ability which can
exceed 1,600dm3 ISO.
1 Average Unladen kerb weights figures for all models, without options and drivers.
Reliable engines with good fuel economy and low CO2 emissions
Both the 4×2 and 4×4 versions of Dacia Duster will be available with either a 1.6 16V 110hp petrol engine or with
85 dCi or 105 dCi diesel power. All three powerplants have already demonstrated their efficiency under the
bonnet of a number of Renault group models.
These engines are perfectly suited to the criteria of cost, strength and ease of maintenance that are a hallmark
of the Dacia range. Combined with Duster’s low weight, they ensure that Dacia’s newcomer returns low fuel
consumption and boasts impressive ecological credentials, with the dCi diesel versions emitting less than
140g of CO2/km in 4×2 form (qualifying Duster for the Dacia eco² signature) and less than 150g of CO2/km in
the case of the 4×4 versions.
Safety: an absolute priority
Dacia Duster benefits from Renault’s acclaimed expertise in the area of safety.
Dacia’s 4×4 features Bosch 8.1 ABS, as well as EBV electronic brakeforce distribution and emergency brake
On the passive safety front, Dacia Duster comes as standard with two front airbags (depending on market) and
three-point seat belts with load limiters for the front seats. Depending on version, two lateral head/thorax
airbags are fitted in addition to the driver and passenger front airbags to provide additional protection in the case
of an impact from the side. Pyrotechnic pretensioners for the front seats (depending on version) complete Dacia
Duster’s retention system. In addition to holding the thorax firmly in place, they limit forward movement of the
body in the case of a frontal impact by tightening the belt around the thorax and the lap.
Reliability and strength: Dacia fundamentals
Like all the vehicles based on the B0/Logan platform, Dacia Duster has been engineered to deliver the hallmark
strength and reliability motorists have come to expect of the brand.
Particular attention has been paid to anti-corrosion protection thanks to several precautions:
– wax-injected underbody and opening panel hollow sections,
– mastic sealing of exterior joints,
– additional wax treatment of underbody mechanical components,
– stone-chip protection for underbody, sills and wheel arches.
Similar care has been paid to the electrics and electronics, with an installation already seen on several Renault
To back up its high build quality, Dacia Duster comes with a three-year or 100,000km warranty in the majority of
its European markets.
A TRULY INTERNATIONAL CALLING
Duster is a truly international vehicle, both in terms of its markets and its production. It will gradually become
available across the world, following the example of Logan and Sandero.
Dacia Duster to be released in the brand’s main markets from the spring of 2010
Dacia Duster will be launched in the spring of 2010 in Europe, Turkey and the Maghreb region (Algeria, Morocco).
It will round off the Dacia model line-up, which is expanding in the majority of these markets. In addition to the
three vehicles aimed at the private sector (Logan, Logan MCV and Sandero), Dacia has staked its claim, too, in
the LCV sector with Logan van and Logan pick-up.
From June 2010, Duster will also be available in the Ukraine, the Middle East (Israel, Jordan, Syria, Egypt and
Lebanon) and in some African countries badged as a Renault.
The Pitesti factory, which is the principal production facility for Entry-range models, will supply all these markets
with both Dacia- and Renault- badged versions. The Romanian plant has an annual production capacity of
350,000 vehicles and will continue to produce the brand’s other models.
Renault Duster in Russia, Brazil and the Gulf States in 2011
Duster will expand into other parts of the world in 2011. It will be distributed in the Gulf States, supplied from
Pitesti, and will also be built alongside Logan, Sandero and Sandero Stepway in Curitiba, Brazil, for distribution in
Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and Chile. At a later date, Duster will go on to be manufactured at the Avtoframos plant
in Moscow, Russia