Renault/Dacia Duster set for update while SA waits

The Dacia Duster has been not only a great success for the Romanian brand, but has sold in excess of 150 000 units this year alone with the Renault brand. Outselling every other Renault model in its first year, it makes sense that the two companies would be working on a facelift.

Said to be scheduled for the Frankfurt Motor Show in September this year, the new Dacia is set to address issues such as outdated styling, noise issues and a poor, three-star Euro-NCAP rating. Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are also said to be a target of the facelift, and while the engines will not be upgraded, they will be modified in order to improve their effect on the environment and your pocket. On the interior, a navigation system, entirely new dashboard and improved sound dampening (a common critique of the vehicle) are among improvements.

In the same month, the Renault Duster will be launched to the South African market, meaning that we’re more likely to get a model closer to the older Duster sold across the rest of BRICS, rather than the one to be unveiled at Frankfurt. The launch date is 12 September 2013.