Dacia, the Romanian subsidiary of Renault, has updated the Duster for 2021 and with it enhancing the robust SUV with a few new features.
True to its heritage, the updated Duster is still a family SUV with a trailblazer spirit. It is the companion for everyday use, but also for those occasional off-the-roadtracks. Its face has evolved, especially in respect of its lights and grille, which give it an even stronger personality. New light units include Y-shaped daytime running lights, a new shape that also inspired the new 3D chromed radiator grille. The always-on lighting at the front and rear embody the new light signature, and the Duster is the first Dacia model to be equipped with front LED direction indicators.
Inside, it is fitted with a high centre console with a retracting armrest, offers two multimedia systems with a new 8-inch screen and is available with a dual-clutch automatic gearbox for the first time. It also comes available with a two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive versions, with the latter boasting an enhanced 4×4 Monitor system. The comprehensive standard equipment includes an onboard computer screen, automatic main beam activation and cruise control and speed limiter with backlit controls on the steering wheel.
The Duster’s multi-terrain features are plenty to speak of, like a ground clearance of 217mm (214mm on the 4×4 version), brakeover angle of 21 degrees and an approach angle of 30 degrees. But adding to its driving prowess is a six-speed automatic dual-clutch gearbox, that comes exclusively with the most powerful petrol engine.
The 2021 Duster is based on the second generation model while in India, we are still being offered the first-generation SUV. Although highly popular amongst enthusiasts for its diesel engine and pliant ride, the Duster was lost in the trail owing to other manufacturers updating their product line up extensively. While many SUVs of the segment still don’t match the robustness of the Duster, they are good at appealing to a wider range of audiences. Things might change around if Renault brings in the new Duster, and with it the diesel option along with a 4×4 variant. Watch this space for more