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Dacia Duster
Dacia Duster Laureate K9K 1
Manufacturer Dacia
Parent company Renault
Also called Renault Duster
Production 2010—present
Assembly Mioveni, Romania
Curitiba, Brazil
Moscow, Russia (Avtoframos)
Predecessor None
Class Compact Crossover
Body style(s) 5-door SUV
Layout FF layout / Four-wheel drive
Platform Dacia B0 platform
Engine(s) 1.5 L Diesel I4
1.6 L I4
Transmission(s) 5-speed manual
6-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,673 mm (105.2 in)
Length 4,315 mm (169.9 in)
Width 1,822 mm (71.7 in)
Height 1,630–1,690 mm (64.2–66.5 in)
Curb weight 1,160–1,294 kg (2,557–2,853 lb)
Related Dacia Logan
Dacia Sandero
Nissan Juke
Designer Renault Design Central Europe

The Dacia Duster is the first crossover SUV developed by the Romanian automaker Automobile Dacia. Officially revealed on 8 December 2009, it became available in Europe from 18 March 2010.[1]

DesignEdit

Based on the Nissan B0 platform, the Duster measures 4.31 metres (169.7 in) in length, 1.82 metres (71.7 in) in width and has 210 mm (8.3 in) of ground clearance. Its luggage space has a volume of up to 475 litres (16.8 cu ft), while with the rear benchseat folded and tipped forward, its carrying ability can exceed 1,600 litres (57 cu ft).

The Duster is offered with two-wheel or four-wheel drive. The 4x4 variants make use of Nissan's all-wheel drive system[2] which allows the driver to choose from three different driving modes: Auto, in which the front/rear torque split is calculated automatically as a function of available grip, Lock, whereby 50 per cent of torque is consistently fed through the rear axle, and 4x2 where the transmission is locked into two-wheel drive for maximum fuel efficiency.

SafetyEdit

Dacia Duster features Bosch 8.1 ABS, as well as EBD electronic brakeforce distribution and EBA emergency brake assist. It also features ESC electronic stability control 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 4x4 mode to improve traction when diagonal wheel spin occurs.[3]

On the passive safety front, Dacia Duster comes as standard with two front airbags (depending on market) and three-point seat belts with load limiters for the front seats. Depending on version, two lateral head/thorax airbags are fitted in addition to the driver and passenger front airbags to provide additional protection in the case of side impact. Pyrotechnic pretensioners for the front seats (depending on version) complete Dacia Duster's retention system.[4]

EnginesEdit

Name Code Displacement Configuration Power Torque Top speed Acceleration 0–100 km/h
(0-62 mph)
Fuel economy (combined) CO2 emissions Notes
1.6 16V 105 K4M 690 1598 cc I4 DOHC 77 kW (105 PS)@5750 rpm 148 N·m (109 lb·ft) @3750 rpm 164 km/h (102 mph) 11.5 seconds 7.5 l/100 km (38 mpg-imp/31 mpg-US) 177 g/km Only available on 4X2 version
1.6 16V Ethanol K4M 1598 cc I4 DOHC 77 kW (105 PS)@5750 rpm 148 N·m (109 lb·ft) @3750 rpm 164 km/h (102 mph) 11.5 seconds 7.1 l/100 km (40 mpg-imp/33 mpg-US) 165 g/km Only available on 4X2 version
1.6 16V 105 K4M 606 1598 cc I4 DOHC 77 kW (105 PS)@5750 rpm 148 N·m (109 lb·ft) @3750 rpm 160 km/h (99 mph) 12.8 s 8 l/100 km (35 mpg-imp/29 mpg-US) 185 g/km Only available on 4X4 version
1.5 dCi 85 K9K 7961461 cc Turbocharged Diesel I4 SOHC 63 kW (86 PS)@4000 rpm 200 N·m (148 lb·ft) @1900 rpm 156 km/h (97 mph) 13.9 s 5.1 l/100 km (55 mpg-imp/46 mpg-US) 135 g/km Only available on 4X2 version
1.5 dCi 110 K9K 8961461 cc Turbocharged Diesel I4 SOHC 79 kW (107 PS)@4000 rpm 240 N·m (177 lb·ft) @1750 rpm 171 km/h (106 mph) 11.8 s 5.3 l/100 km (53 mpg-imp/44 mpg-US) 139 g/km Only available on 4X2 version
Has DPF
1.5 dCi 110 K9K 8981461 cc Turbocharged Diesel I4 SOHC 81 kW (110 PS)@4000 rpm 240 N·m (177 lb·ft) @1750 rpm 168 km/h (104 mph) 12.5 s 5.6 l/100 km (50 mpg-imp/42 mpg-US) 145 g/km Only available on 4X4 version
Has DPF

Marketing and productionEdit

Dacia Duster 1.5 dCi rear 20100928

The rear of Duster

Dacia Duster is offered in Europe, Turkey, Algeria, Morocco and Macedonia from March 2010, with prices starting from €11,900 (or €10,500 in Romanian domestic market) for the two-wheel drive version, and from €13,900 (or €12,300 in Romanian domestic market) for the 4x4 version.[3][5] From June 2010, the Duster is also available in Ukraine, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Egypt and Lebanon and in some African countries badged as a Renault, while in 2011, it will be sold in the Persian Gulf States.[6]

In 2011, Renault will begin production of the Renault Duster at its Curitiba plant in Brazil for distribution in Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and Chile, while at a later date, the Duster will go on to be manufactured at the Avtoframos plant in Moscow, Russia.

It has also been confirmed that the Duster will be launched in the UK in 2012, relaunching the Dacia brand there.[7] There is talk about the Dacia Duster being launched in emerging markets like India as well, but under the Renault badge. Road conditions in India call out the common man's need for an affordably priced, lower cost yet modern, functional, utility oriented, comfortable, reliable, safe all terrain vehicle with decent people/ luggage carrying capacity and all the modern safety kit and 4WD/all terrain ability. The Indian market is crowded with expensively priced SUV type vehicles which are more "form" than "function". The only competition that the Duster could face in India would be the Mahindra Scorpio and the Tata Safari, both of which are not as modern in design, but sell largely on account of their price vs benefit equation. Even these are over-priced as 4WD and modern safety kit are offered only in their top spec variants.

RacingEdit

2010 Andros 2ndround Prost Dacia Duster

The Duster racecar at Grandvalira racetrack

A competition version of the Duster fitted with a 350 hp (261 kW) V6 engine and driven by Alain Prost[8] took part in the 2009/2010 French ice racing championship Trophée Andros, finishing in second place.[9]

In 2010, the Duster participated in the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles, being first in the crossover class. The two Dacia teams successfully finished the Rallye on board the Duster: Dounia and Isabelle (Team 315 - Dacia) were first in the general ranking, while Nathalie and Dorothée (Team 316 - Dacia) finished in 5th place (out of 8 teams competing in the class).[10]

Concept carEdit

Dacia Duster Salon de l'Auto

The Duster concept at Geneva Motor Show

Renault Design Central Europe presented, at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, a concept car named Dacia Duster[11]

This concept vehicle (a SUV/sports coupe crossover ) addressed the needs of families, with a roomy cabin in a compact package and a large 470 L (124 US gal/103 imp gal) trunk.[12] The car had a very efficient motor capable of emitting 139 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer and a fuel consumption of 5.3 L (1 US gal/1 imp gal) per 100 km (62 mi).[12] The Dacia Duster was the first concept car entirely made by Dacia.[13] The Duster normally has four seats but can be converted into a two seat car, the passenger seat slides under the driver's seat and the right back seat slides under the left back seat freeing an extra room of 2,000 L (71 cu ft) ideal for a bicycle.[14]

The Duster concept car had a Dacia Logan 1.5 litre inline-4 engine equipped with Bosch Mono-Jetronic fuel injection producing 106 PS (78 kW/105 hp) at 5400 rpm and 240 newton metres (180 ft·lbf) at 2000 rpm of torque.[11] It was a front engined, two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive vehicle based on the Nissan B platform.[11] It accelerated from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.6 seconds.[12] If the model had been produced, its initial price would have been around 15,000 euro (US$ 18,750).[15]

Former use of the nameEdit

Dacia Duster was also the name used to sell the ARO 10 on some markets, such as the United Kingdom, during the 1980s and early 1990s.[16]

ReferencesEdit

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  2. New Dacia Duster
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