After the premiere of the Jogger, the new generation of the SUV Duster is seen as Dacia’s great novelty for the coming years. We tell you how it will be. Since its landing in Western Europe, Dacia’s great asset in gaining acceptance among the general public has been to offer vehicles at practically unbeatable prices with a more than acceptable level of practical and functional solutions. Of the different models marketed by the Romanian firm of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Group, the Duster is, without a doubt, one of its best sellers, becoming at the same time the undisputed king among cheap SUVs on our continent.
Well, this popular SUV is once again in the news when its next generation is announced for 2024, a model that will debut a multitude of novelties on practically all fronts. The third generation promises changes across the length and breadth of the vehicle, and as several unofficial sources have just revealed, the Bigster prototype Concept will be the aesthetic basis for both the Duster III and the larger SUV derived from the concept (which could very well be called the Bigster).
It is more than likely that the new 2024 Duster will continue to grow in length. The current model is 4.34 m long, while the newly released Jogger is 4.54 m long so the third generation of the low-cost SUV should grow to 4.40/4.45 m.
From a design point of view, we have already told you before that the model that will be presented in 2024 will have many aesthetic features of the Bigster Concept. In this way, it will inherit several body panels, a front area with many similarities, integrated aluminum-style skid plates, prominent, square, and bulging bumpers to provide robustness and strength to the exterior and, of course, the new logo of the brand that will be reflected with large DC letters (this new emblem of the Romanian brand will be incorporated little by the different vehicles in its range from the second half of this year 2022).
The interior of the third generation Duster will also receive noticeable changes. Simplicity and austere style should continue to be the keys, although the incorporation of materials of somewhat more visual and real perceived quality than the current model is expected, as well as some digital touch screens for the medium and more equipped versions in the range.
DACIA DUSTER 2024: POSIBLES MOTORES
From a structural and technical point of view, the Duster is currently the only vehicle that is not based on the new CMF-B platform from the Renault Group, an architecture already used by Renault on the Clio, Captur and Arkana, and the Sandero, Sandero Stepway and Jogger by Dacia (although slightly different in the case of the Romanian firm). In the third generation of the Duster that will debut in two years, it is estimated that it will be developed on the new evolution of said CMF-B platform, an architecture that will also be the basis for the larger Bigster in 2025.
In its strategy of continuing to offer the most competitive prices, the brand has committed itself to the bulk of its customers to continue offering mechanical versions with a combustion engine. However, it must be taken into account that the aforementioned CMF-B platform is flexible and, therefore, compatible with different types of propulsion, be it with mild-hybrid MHEV systems, conventional hybrid HEVs, plug-in hybrids PHEVs, and even a hundred per hundred electric BEV. Internal sources from Dacia itself have already admitted that in the not too distant future their best-selling SUV should welcome “some electrified version”.
In this way, the possibility is glimpsed that the third generation of the king of cheap SUVs can offer in its range a PHEV plug-in hybrid version similar to the one that already incorporates the Renault Captur E-Tech Plug-in, or a self-recharging hybrid variant HEV very similar to the one already mounted by both the Captur E-Tech and the Nissan Juke Hybrid.
On the other hand, diesel engines will be ruled out in the new generation of the model, while the bi-fuel version of gasoline and LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) should continue to be available given the remarkable acceptance that this type of technology has among customers. of this SUV.
Finally, for fans of offroad driving, the next generation of this SUV should include 4×4 versions in its range, just as it has been offered in the first and second generations.