Today marks a significant milestone for Dacia, Renault's UK-based subsidiary, as it unveils the 2024 Duster SUV in Portugal. This third-generation model not only revitalizes the Duster lineup but also signals a robust comeback in markets where it has been a household name, particularly in India.
Journey in India and Exterior Evolution:
The Duster, since its introduction by Renault in 2012, has carved a niche in the Indian SUV market. Although its sales were halted earlier this year, the new Duster is poised for a strong return. The 2024 model stands out with its enhanced exterior design, featuring a sharper look characterized by Y-shaped LED headlights and Daytime Running Lights seamlessly integrated into the grille. Complementing these are a rugged new bumper, stylish air intakes, and blacked-out alloy wheels. The vehicle's robust appeal is further accentuated by square-shaped wheel arches with plastic cladding, functional roof rails, and the iconic Y-shaped LED taillights.
Interior Upgrades and Engine Options:
Inside, the Duster has undergone a comprehensive overhaul. A modern, free-floating touchscreen infotainment system and digital driver display are the centerpieces of the cabin, enriched with bronze accents on the AC vents and steering-mounted controls. Practical enhancements like automatic climate control, along with USB and wireless charging ports, cater to contemporary needs. The interior, accommodating five passengers, is thoughtfully designed with a chic dual-tone theme. Under the hood, Dacia offers a choice of three engines: a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 120 hp, a 1.2-litre petrol unit coupled with hybrid technology providing an additional 20 hp, and the most potent 1.3-litre turbocharged engine capable of 170 hp, also compatible with ethanol-blended fuel.
Future Plans and Competition:
Looking forward, Renault's strategy in India includes launching eight new models in the next four years, focusing on electric and hybrid vehicles. This aligns with the possibility of introducing the hybrid Duster in the Indian market. In India, the new Duster will face stiff competition from other hybrid SUVs like the Toyota Urban Cruiser HyRyder and Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara.
The launch of the 2024 Duster is more than just an introduction of a new model; it represents Dacia's strategic vision to adapt and thrive in changing market landscapes. With its blend of innovative features, striking design, and versatile performance options, the new Duster is set to redefine Dacia's position in critical markets, especially in India.