The 6th gen VW Polo is not the only important, mass-market car that never made it to India, the second-gen Dacia Duster (sold as Renault Duster) also joins that list. Nonetheless, it’s good that these cars have already received their facelifts for the markets they’re currently on sale. The Dacia Duster facelift is scheduled to go on sale in Europe from September 2021.
The styling tweaks are rather subtle as you can tell; there’s a new headlamp detailing with a Y-shaped running light signature that is in line with the latest Dacia models. The new grille pattern, new 17-inch rims, and the new taillight detailing — all mimick the Y-shapes. The rear-end also gets a more prominent roof spoiler. The rest of the vehicle remains fairly unchanged. However, Dacia claims to have made a set of CO2 optimizations (new wheel bearings, tires, and LED lighting) including the drag area (SCx) that cuts down up to 5.8 grams of CO2 in the AWD Duster.
The refreshed cabin features a new 8.0-inch touchscreen, new seat upholstery, a wider central armrest with a closable storage compartment, and two USB ports (one for charging and the other for media). Safety and assistance systems include the latest-generation ESC, Blind Spot Warning, Hill Start Assist, Adaptive Hill Descent Control (for AWD only), Multiview Camera System, Park Assist, and Cruise Control. Download the full information sheet here.
As for the powertrains, the new Duster will offer diesel, petrol and bi-fuel (petrol-LPG) options —
Diesel: dCi 115 (1.5L, FWD or AWD) with a 6-speed manual gearbox
- TCe 90 (1.0L, FWD) with a 6-speed manual gearbox
- TCe 130 (1.33L, FWD) with a 6-speed manual gearbox
- TCe 150 (1.33L, AWD) with a 6-speed manual gearbox
- TCe 150 (1.33L, FWD) with a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox
Bi-fuel: ECO-G 100 (1.0L, FWD) with a 6-speed manual gearbox
It appears that the 1.5L dCi 95 option is no longer available.