Dacia launches its sixth model: Dacia Duster, an entry level, compact and low cost off-roader.
With a total length of 4.31 metres and a width of 1.82 metres this compact off roader is built on the B0/Logan platform and will be available in both 4×4 and 4×2 form.
At the front, the pseudo MacPherson-type suspension with wishbones is identical to the layout employed by Logan and Sandero, while at the rear a 4×4 multi-arm arrangement was specifically developed for the car.
Duster 4×4 is equipped with a new six-speed gearbox with a short first ratio (5.79kph per 1,000 rpm) which allows the vehicle to travel at very slow speed on uneven terrain, and improves performance as you pull away from standstill with heavy loads or on steep slopes.
The 4×4 control located on the lower part of the centre console allows drivers of Duster 4×4 to easily adapt the vehicle’s configuration to their needs.
This control permits three modes:
– In AUTO mode, the front/rear torque split is calculated automatically as a function of available grip. This mode has been developed to provide the best compromise between road holding and traction, no matter what the level of grip may be. In normal conditions, the torque is transmitted through the front wheels only. If traction is lost, or when grip is at a premium, some of the torque is transferred to the rear wheels. This split is performed by an electromagnetic torque converter supplied by Nissan.
– In LOCK mode, the driver electronically locks the transmission in 4×4 mode. In this mode, throttle control and braking are also adapted for 4×4 use. This mode is recommended when grip is low (snow, mud, dirt, sand) and at low speed.
– In 2WD mode, the transmission is locked into two-wheel drive. This mode is suited to driving on good roads and reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
According to the producer, Duster can comfortably seat up to five adults and offers both front and rear occupants the same amount of space as the Dacia Logan saloon while the cargo capacity is up to 475 cubic metres VDA.
With the rear benchseat folded, Dacia Duster offers carrying capacity of up to 1,636 cubic metres VDA (depending on version).
Dacia Duster is available with a choice of three powerplants for both the 4×2 and 4×4 versions: one petrol engine (1.6 16V 105) and two diesel engines (dCi 85 and dCi 110).
– Dacia Duster dCi 85 (4×2 version) emits just 135g of CO2/km (equivalent to a combined cycle fuel consumption of 5.1 litres/100km) which qualifies it for the Dacia eco2 signature.
– Dacia Duster dCi 110, in 4×2 version, emits just 139g of CO2/km (equivalent to a combined cycle fuel consumption of 5.3 litres/100km) also qualifies for the Dacia eco2 signature. Under the bonnet of 4×4 versions of Dacia Duster, the dCi 110 engine stands out as a particularly environmentally- respectful and economical package for an off-road vehicle, with CO2 emissions of 145g/km and fuel consumption of 5.6 litres/100km (combined cycle). The dCi 110 engine is Euro V-compliant and comes with a particulate filter.
– Dacia Duster 1.6 16V 105 delivers a maximum power output of 77kW (105hp) at 5,750rpm, while peak torque stands at 148Nm (at 3,750rpm). The combined cycle fuel consumption of the 4×2 version of Dacia Duster 1.6 16V 105 is 7.5 litres/100km. The same figure for the 4×4 version of Dacia Duster with the 1.6 16V 105 engine (Euro V-compliant) is 8 litres/100km.
– On the active safety front, Dacia Duster features Bosch 8.1 ABS, as well as EBV electronic brakeforce distribution and EBA emergency brake assist. Dacia Duster is the brand’s first vehicle to feature ESC as an option on certain versions, as well as CSV understeer control and ASR traction control. This option also allows torque to be transferred away from a spinning wheel in 4×4 mode to improve traction when diagonal wheel spin occurs. – On the passive safety front, Dacia Duster is fitted, as standard, with two front airbags (depending on market) and three-point seat belts with load limiters for the front seats, to which pyrotechnic pretensioners can be added. Depending on the version, two lateral head/thorax airbags are fitted in addition to the driver and passenger front airbags.
Dacia Duster is being rolled out progressively in different global regions.
Since April 2010, Duster has been launched with Dacia badging in Europe, Turkey and the Maghreb region (Algeria, Morocco.)
From June 2010, Duster – badged as a Renault – will also be available in Ukraine, the Middle East (Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt) and other African countries.
The Pitesti factory (Romania) supplies all these markets, whether Dacia- or Renault-badged. The Romanian plant has an annual production capacity of 350,000 vehicles and will continue to produce the brand’s other models.
In 2011, Renault Duster will be launched in Brazil, Russia and the Gulf states. It will be built alongside Logan, Sandero and Sandero Stepway in Curitiba, Brazil, for distribution in Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and Chile. Duster will later be manufactured at the Avtoframos plant in Moscow, Russia and at the Sofasa plant in Envigado (Colombia). It will be distributed in the Gulf States, supplied from the Pitesti factory.