Frankfurt 2013: Renault (Dacia) Duster facelift

The surprise success gets a mild makeover. Hey, why mess?

By Shahzad Sheikh

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As we previously wrote (see story here), the surprisingly popular Duster – known as a Dacia in Europe, but Renault for our market – got some revisions for the Frankfurt show and here it is.

Spot the differences? No of course not. But then why mess with a winning formula?

There’s a redesigned grille with chrome strips and a lower air intake as well as improved headlights.

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On the roof there are Duster-badged bars and there are new 16-inch alloys.

At the back we have revised lights and a chrome-plated tailpipe – whoop whoop!

Inside there’s a completely new dashboard that’s slightly more modern in look and feel. Upholstery choices now include a leather option (though we’re not sure yet if that will be offered here).

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European versions will also get ESP (electronic stability control) as standard now – we’ll wait to see if we get it here, as well as EBA (emergency brake assist) with the ABS.

Side and chest airbags have joined the front driver and passenger airbags.

 

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