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2013-09-10 10:55

MORE DUSTER: Renault will be unveiling its new Dacia Duster at the 2013 Frankfurt auto show from September 10-22. Image: Newspress

Dacia is unveiling the latest Duster at the 2013 Frankfurt auto show packed with more goodies than ever before. this week SA gets the, er, old one...

FRANKFURT, Germany - Dacia, a brand which falls under the Renault umbrella, says its rugged new Duster builds on its existing success of styling and features with more ardent 4x4 designs. It's being unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show from September 10-22.

Wheels24's SERGIO DAVIDS will be attending the local launch of the current Renault Duster this week in Cape Town. Sadly, South Africans get the short end of the stick as Renault SA says the first model launching here this week is the current one from Europe. The new Dacia Duster being unveiled at Frankfurt is "phase two", says the local automaker and adds that it's likely to reach SA only in 2014.

The automaker says the front end has been refreshed with a redesigned grille trimmed by two chrome-plated strips and houses a new, lower-set air intake and double-optic headlights with daytime running lights.

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Renault’s head of styling for the entry range, David Duran, said: “We built on the appeal of the original model and its proportions. Identity components such as the grille have been modernised. We have also strengthened the 4x4 cues of the vehicle, while keeping all its useful features. New Duster gets an even stronger character while retaining its initial DNA.”

Renault France’s Renaud Pirel said: “The Duster is an excellent design, admired across the board. More than 400 000 customers now drive a Duster, an impressive achievement for a car launched just a little over three years ago.

"They were won over by its styling, its off-road ability and its unbeatable price. More Duster than ever, the new Duster is on its way to becoming a real motoring legend.”

More additions on the styling front include new Duster-badged roof bars with slatted supports, 16" 'anthracite metal' alloy rims, new rear lights, a chrome-plated tailpipe and new “4WD” lettering.

CRUISE CONTROL

Inside there’s redesigned seats, a facia featuring a centre-mounted console and four new upholstery choices, including leather.
Two special styling packs are available, one of it being the ‘Adventure’ pack which includes extended wheelarches and door-sill protectors.

Other standards include front parking sensors, a fire extinguisher, an anti-theft system, snow chains and a child seat. It also comes with a cruise control and a speed limiter (model specific.

The automaker says there’s a new TCe 125 petrol engine making its debut under the Duster’s bonnet. The 1.2-litre direct-injection turbo engine offers 90% torque from 1500rpm. The other engines in the line-up is the 1.6-litre which still powers the 4x2 and 4x4 models  and two derivatives of the 1.5 dCi unit.

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