Dacia, the Romanian reknown car manufacturer recognized for its affordable yet durable SUVs, has finally unveiled the highly-anticipated third-generation of its iconic Duster. With a combination of technologies and its signature ruggedness, the 2024 Dacia Duster aims to carry on the tradition that has made it a top seller since it first hit the market in 2010. In this review, we delve into the changes, interior upgrades, available models, engine choices, and expected pricing.
Exterior Evolution – A More Mature Look
Embracing a refined design language, the 2024 Dacia Duster showcases a grown-up transformation compared to its predecessors. Taking inspiration from the Bigster concept, this SUV moves away from its hatchback appearance to present itself as a sleeker and more sophisticated model.
Sharing the same platform with models like the Dacia Jogger, Sandero as well as Renault Clio and Captur siblings, the new Duster contributes to a lower stance and wider body while maintaining its overall length. Notable exterior enhancements include improved wheel arch cladding, 7mm of ground clearance, off-road capability, and sturdier bumpers.
At the front, you’ll find an updated grille flanked by LED headlights, featuring an eye-catching Y-shaped daytime running signature. The side view of the car reveals an expansion of the plastic trim on the doors. The rear door handles are now seamlessly integrated into the window frames giving it a cleaner appearance, while the back of the car showcases a change with taillights that feature a Y-shaped design.
Enhanced Interior – Enhancing Comfort and Technology
While Dacia is known for its interior customizations, the 2024 Duster takes a step towards sophistication. The Y-shaped air vents, similar to the design of the headlights and taillights contribute to a new look. Notably, there is a 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto adding a tech touch. The ‘Duster’ script imprinted on the dashboard and the available digital instrument cluster in trim levels further enhance the ambiance. Passenger comfort is prioritized with increased space for both rear occupants along with a spacious and easily accessible trunk. Dacia introduces the ‘YouClip’ system which includes placed clips for attaching accessories such as tablet stands, storage pouches, and cupholders.
Model Lineup – Offering Options for Different Preferences
The 2024 Duster lineup consists of four trim options that cater to tastes and requirements.
Essential: Positioned as the entry-level trim, it offers rear parking sensors, Bluetooth, and cruise control. The infotainment system is basic, encouraging smartphone integration for navigation.
Expression: A step up, this trim introduces a 7-inch digital instrument cluster, a 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen, 17-inch alloys, and a reversing camera.
Journey and Extreme: Positioned with similar pricing, these top-spec models offer rugged features. Extreme focuses on durability with a washable interior, rubber floor mats, and a modular roof bar system. Both models include automatic air-conditioning, built-in navigation, wireless smartphone charging, and power folding mirrors.
Powertrain Prowess: Hybrid Choices and More
For the first time, the 2024 Duster presents buyers with hybrid options, aligning with the industry’s eco-conscious shift.
- Hybrid 140: Integrating a 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine with a 49bhp electric motor, it achieves a combined output of 138bhp. Paired with an automatic gearbox, its 1.2kWh battery permits short periods of pure-electric driving, especially advantageous in urban environments.
- TCe 130 Mild-Hybrid: Employing a 1.2-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine with a smaller 48V motor, this model doesn’t offer pure-electric driving but aids in reducing fuel consumption and enhancing acceleration. Available in both two and four-wheel drive, it features a six-speed manual gearbox.
- TCe 100 Bi-Fuel: Introducing flexibility, this engine option accommodates regular petrol or LPG (liquid petroleum gas), offering an extensive 807-mile range. Its availability in the UK remains uncertain.
Off-Road Enthusiast’s Delight
For those seeking adventure beyond the asphalt, the 2024 Dacia Duster introduces the ‘4X4 Terrain Control Transmission.’ With five driving modes (Auto, Snow, Mud/Sand, Off-Road, and Eco), this feature ensures the Duster is adept at conquering various terrains. An optional roof rack and the innovative ‘Sleep Pack’—a fold-out bed fitting into the rear—cater to the wanderlust of outdoor enthusiasts.
As for pricing details for the UK market, Dacia has yet to unveil them for the 2024 Duster model. However, it is expected with a starting price of £17,295.
The 2024 Dacia Duster, with its updated design improved range of models, environmentally friendly engines, and off-road capabilities is set to attract SUV enthusiasts who are mindful of their budget. The arrival of the vehicles in the UK by mid-2024 has created a growing excitement for this revolution, in the world of SUVs.