Mk3 Dacia Duster to have a hybrid variant & three-row version

As per a report on French media Largus.fr, the next generation Renault Duster (Dacia Duster for European markets) will go into production in 2024. The report says Marc Suss, Head of Dacia products, confirmed that the company will not take its usual eight year cycle before a successor is introduced; the second gen Duster was introduced in late 2017.

The third generation 2024 Dacia Duster will be a significant leap for the nameplate, which in its current generation traces its roots to the B0 platform and some components derived from Renault’s inventory used in 1998. Similar to the recently unveiled Sandero, the Duster will upgrade to the CMF-B platform, which will comply with European crash test norms, and allow for a Renault Duster Hybrid variant.

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The 2020 Sandero, based on CMF-B supports 48V mild hybrid technology and a ‘strong’ hybrid variant is in the program of the next-gen Duster.

The new generation CMF-B platform supports 48 volt mild hybridization, which underpins the new Sandero and will be seen on the 2024 Duster too, as it has to comply with Euro 7 emission norms (the full compliance for Euro 7 is expected before 2025). A 140 hp E-Tech hybrid (which is available on the Renault Captur PHEV) could be seen on the flagship Duster hybrid with modifications, but even the base variants with 1.2-liter TCe and 1.5-liter TCe engines (derived from the present 1.0-liter TCe and 1.3-liter TCe) will see 48 volt mild hybridization (MHEV).

The Dacia Duster has been known for its simple yet powerful design with proper SUV proportions. That’s one aspect it won’t deviate from in the third generation, but it could get a bit sophisticated with the switch to the CMF-B platform. The Dacia Bigster Concept introduced in January could be the design basis for the next-gen Dacia Duster, in addition to being the donor for the new brand logo and grille. The interior would be modernized, with a sleek design for the dashboard, centre console, and air vents, and a floating touchscreen infotainment system.

Despite the increase in cost to meet new regulation, expect Dacia to keep prices at 20 percent lower than the rest of the market, positioned in the same segment.

Dacia Bigster

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In 2025, the next-gen Duster would be followed by the production version of the Dacia Bigster concept that was unveiled in January. This model could arrive as the seven-seat version of the Mk3 Dacia Duster, but with its own name and a different design. The interior, engines, and platform would be more or less the same.

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