Having made its global debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, the all-new Duster is now on sale in the UK. The car, as we know, is sold by Renault’s budget brand Dacia in the UK.
Building on the success of the first generation, the second generation Duster has been improved and refined in many areas. The brand calls this version as an evolutionary upgrade from the present model. The changes have made the Duster a more premium vehicle with dynamic design and character. Up front, the grille extends to the headlights, making the model appear wider. There’s also a new lighting signature with LED daytime running lights divided into three sections. The crease lines of the horizontal bonnet contribute to the Duster’s tough stance.
On the sides, the higher belt line adds to the tough look. However, the 2018 Duster doesn’t look all that different in profile. The windscreen has been brought forward 100mm compared to the current Duster and is more steeply raked. Other changes include new 17-inch alloys and prominent wheel arches.
The rear-end is where the Duster appears all-new. The model now gets a Dacia’s typical lighting theme with four red stacked squares, for a funky look. Additionally, there’s also a wider, satin chrome finish rear skid plate. Mechanically, the 2018 Duster retains the same underpinnings including the 1.5-litre diesel and several petrol engine options. Still the most affordable SUV in the UK, the new Duster is priced from £9,995 (Rs 9.03 lakhs).