New Dacia Duster to be unveiled at Frankfurt Show

Dacia has just revealed an entirely new version of its popular compact SUV, the Duster. The bonnet has been reworked for a flatter surface and gets a U-shaped masculine line for a more assertive look. Dacia has made the headlights wider and has also modified the front bumper by installing a silver skid plate that sort of looks like a bullbar and is made from a special type of scratch-resistant plastic. Ahead of a full debut scheduled to take place at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Renault-owned budged brand from Romania has chose to publish revealing images of its new-for-2018 pocket-friendly SUV.

At the side, the higher belt line adds to the impression of strength and occupant protection.

Inside, Dacia claims the model will come with new equipment and a "host of other new features", which are set to be revealed in Frankfurt.

New aluminium roof bars also extend the line of the windscreen for a more dynamic profile. But you can cover said panels in a new Atacama Orange paint colour. As per the French automaker, the windscreen has been brought forward 100mm compared with the current Duster and is more steeply raked, which makes the cabin longer so it looks more spacious.

At the rear, horizontal lines and lights at the extreme corners boost Duster's solid appearance.

At the rear, Dacia's rear lighting styling - four red stacked squares - has now been adapted for Duster.

In March, Renault launched Dacia MCV Stepway, a new multi convivial vehicle (MCV) model.

In the first seven months of 2017, Dacia registered 15,847 vehicles, a rise of 6.8% compared with the same period a year ago.

The new Dacia Duster isn't expected to go on sale in the United Kingdom until summer 2018. Since its launch in 2010, the original Duster has sold more than one million examples across the world.

Engines for the updated Duster are expected to once again include a 1.2-litre petrol unit and 1.5-litre diesel.