With the new 2018 Dacia Duster 7-seat SUV, the French brand aims to establish a strong foothold in the budget SUV market. This model, alongside other models, is meant to get a substantial overhaul and spearhead this effort. In order to compete against the likes of Kia Sorento and Nissan X-Trail, the new Dacia will come with an updated design, and will get rid of the older, more clunky and boxy look.
2018 Dacia Duster 7-seat SUV – Exterior Body Changes and Interior Cabin Design
The most obvious change on the new Dacia Duster 7-seat SUV 2018 will be an enlarged frame and extended length. To accommodate a third set of seats, the length is reportedly 200 mm longer than the standard Duster, around 185 inches. For this matter, the rear end has gone through an overhaul, and got stretched. The roof is also raised for this purpose as well. The overall design is quite similar to the 5-seat model, albeit with some subtle changes. The front of the 2018 Duster 7-seat will be distinguished by a set of the latest revised LED headlights, with LED chains, as well as a revamped grille. with a brand logo embedded in the center. Additionally, a set of fog lamps is also situated in the corners of the front bumper.
Since the new 2018 Dacia Duster 7-seat SUV is aimed for the budget-minded customers, its interior is not on the leading edge of luxury and technology. However, it will provide the driver and the passengers with enough comfort and driving assistance, nevertheless. The interior will not be substantially changed in comparison to the previous models, unlike the exterior. All the seats come covered in high quality cloth and are adjustable as well. Other features that come with the standard version include a DAB radio, electric front windows and steel wheels. The premium version will come with additional driving assistance systems, including a sat – nav and new parking sensors. The interior will also come equipped with a climate control system, alongside a double DIN touch-screen display and a surround system with an USB and AUX port. For music streaming and wireless connectivity, there will be the latest iteration of Bluetooth suite.
2018 Dacia Duster 7-seat SUV – Engine and Performance
The new 2018 Dacia Duster 7-seat SUV will come with 3 different engine variants. The first one will be a new 1.2-liter turbo petrol engine, capable of producing 124 hp. And going from 0 to 62 mph in 10.5 seconds. The second one will be a 1.5 diesel, while the third will be a 1.6-liter diesel engine, capable of producing an output of 130 hp. All of the engines will come equipped with a standard 6-speed manual transmission. A 2-wheel drive will be standard for all the variants, with the 4-wheel drive coming as an option. The fuel economy is estimated to be around 40 mpg in city conditions, and 50 mpg in highway conditions.
2018 Dacia Duster 7-seat SUV – Price and Release Date
Renault hasn’t yet confirmed the exact release date of the upcoming 2018 Dacia Duster 7-seat SUV. But it is expected to hit the market in late 2017. According to the sources, the price will reportedly be around 22.300$ for the base version, and more for the premium variant.