The approaching 2019 Dacia Duster is one good-looking compact SUV. The interior is spacious, the price is more than reasonable and the new Duster offers room for up to seven. The 2019 model will hit the car markets with plenty of changes, but it is far from a full redesign. Furthermore, the chassis is modified and all body panels are new.
The interior is much more stylish with numerous high-tech and safety features. The powertrain options will remain the same as on the previous year’s model.
2019 Dacia Duster Exterior Redesign
The exterior of this year model looks better, but it will carry almost the same proportions as its predecessor. Dacia’s designers reworked all of the body panels and windshield is pushed further forward in order to increase the space inside. The overall 2019 Dacia Duster design looks bolder, especially the front grille that is flanked by updated lighting units.
The hood line and the beltline are now sitting higher, but not significantly. The rough look of this SUV is completed by more prominent fender flares. Some nice chrome-finishes are on skid plates and around LED running lights. The wheels are 17-inch with aluminum accents. Furthermore, the few new exterior paints are likely just like some exterior theme packages.
The manufacturer also said that this 2019 Dacia Duster is impressive off-roader thanks to 8.26-inch ground clearance and short front and rear overhangs. The new model comes with the reduced crossing angles and angle of attack is now 30-degree, while departure angle is 36-degree and 23-degree ramp angle.
2019 Dacia Duster Interior is much more attractive with better materials
The 2019 Dacia Duster will benefit a lot from a new and improved interior. The materials are more premium with plenty of soft-touch surfaces and the infotainment system is the new one. Furthermore, the infotainment system adds Android Auto and Apple Car Play connectivity. This system sits higher on the dashboard that is also stylish. Air vents are repositioned and the steering wheel is new as well. The steering wheel is now electrically and it replaces the spongy power setup.
This is a good progress as new Dacia’s SUV is now easier and more fun to drive. Multi-view cameras, autonomous braking, and fresh safety features are all included. Noise level is in the minimum thanks to more sound insulations and thicker windows. This was one of the major problems in the past. Overall, the interior is refreshed and it does not look outdated as before.
2019 Dacia Duster Engine Updates
The new model 2019 Dacia Duster will carry the previous engine options that are slightly better. A 1.2-liter turbocharged petrol engine is capable of producing 125 HP. A 1.6-liter petrol can deliver 114 HP and the third option is likely a 2.0-liter that returns 140 HP.
A diesel engine is also an option, and the speculated unit is a 1.5-liter with 109 HP. Five and six-speed manual and automatic transmission are available in petrol engines, while diesel powertrain will mate with six-speed automatic only. Romanian carmaker offers both front and all-wheel drive setups.
As for the EPA ratings, the official didn’t say exact numbers, but we expect better fuel economy than the current model. However, we also expect more technical details in the final version of the SUV.
2019 Dacia Duster Price and Release Date
The upcoming 2019 Dacia Duster will arrive somewhere around next summer. Romanian manufacturer didn’t announce any official information about the pricing and release date. Until then, we can conclude that the new Duster will cost about $15,000 more or less. The price is very good for such SUV. Furthrmore, this price is much less than the model-like Nissan Qashqai.
What we know for sure is that the U.S. markets will have new Duster, but probably in later 2019. Dacia’s new compact SUV will firstly hit the European dealerships.