Dacia, a sister brand under the Renault umbrella, is set to unveil its all-new Duster SUV in Portugal on November 29, according to insider sources. Notably, this fresh iteration of the Duster will bear Renault branding in certain countries like India and is scheduled for release there by 2025.
The upcoming Duster will offer a choice of three petrol engines, adding to its versatility. These options include an introductory 120hp 1.0-liter turbo-petrol engine, a 140hp 1.2-liter petrol hybrid, and a robust 170hp 1.3-liter turbo-petrol powerplant that’s even flex-fuel compliant in the higher-end variants. At 170hp, this variant will claim the title of the most potent Duster model to date.
In terms of design, the new Duster is departing from the second-generation SUV it’s replacing, opting for a more rugged, boxy aesthetic with an evident off-road appeal. Despite this transformation, it remains rooted in the Renault-Nissan CMF-B modular platform. Additionally, the Dacia’s sleeker front fascia, which was introduced across the brand last year, will also make its presence felt in this model, albeit with some unique Renault branding design touches.
Moreover, there’s exciting news for those seeking a larger SUV, as the new Duster’s three-row counterpart is expected to be named the Bigster SUV, with a global debut anticipated in the near future.
For India, the new Duster’s arrival is on the horizon, scheduled for a 2025 release. The 5-seater variant will step into the competitive midsize SUV segment, vying with popular models such as the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Volkswagen Taigun, Skoda Kushaq, Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, and Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder.