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New 2024 Dacia Duster: Price, specs and release date

Written By Richard Aucock

New 2024 Dacia Duster

The new Dacia Duster is a tough-looking all-new version of the value brand’s best-selling small SUV, with more features and more capability than ever.

On sale in 2024, the new Dacia Duster has sophisticated new underpinnings that boost practicality, economy and sophistication. The line-up now includes a hybrid version, along with a grippy new Dacia Duster 4x4.

The new Dacia Duster also has clever new interior tech and numerous smart features to make life easier. There’s a greater use of recycled materials too – including innovative body panels that proudly carry a recycled logo.

The new Dacia Duster will take on a range of small SUV rivals including the Ford Puma, Volkswagen T-Roc, Kia Niro, Hyundai Kona, Suzuki S-Cross, MG ZS, Mazda CX-30, Honda HR-V, Skoda Kamiq, Renault Captur and Citroen C4.

New 2024 Dacia Duster
The new Dacia Duster builds on its small SUV credentials with more angular lines and tough-looking recycled plastic body panels
New 2024 Dacia Duster
The new Dacia Duster has bold wheelarches, distinctive new Y-shaped rear lamps and a sporty roof spoiler

New 2024 Dacia Duster: price and release date

The new Dacia Duster is likely to follow the great value pricing of the outgoing model. Prices of the current car start from £17,295, or less than £200 a month, and the new Dacia Duster won’t stray too far from these prices. Dacia is promising “unrivalled value” with the new Duster.

The new Dacia Duster is now open for customers to register their interest. It is likely to make its public debut at the 2024 Geneva Motor Show with a likely spring 2024 UK release date.

New 2024 Dacia Duster interior
The new Dacia Duster has a smart, rugged-look interior that is fitted with the latest fully-connected touchscreen tech

New 2024 Dacia Duster: exterior and interior

The new Dacia Duster has a stronger, more rugged-looking design that is more modern and confident. The lines are tauter, and the overall design is both well-proportioned and simpler, with fewer fussy details.

The designers of the new Dacia Duster have used clean-cut shapes and volumes to give it a more assertive appearance, with highlights including a sharper and more upright front end, distinctive chamfered wheelarches and enlarged side windows. The tailgate is bigger too, and the Y-shaped tail lamps are very distinctive.

The new Dacia Duster has a distinctive side underbody ‘shield’ that wraps all around the car. This enhances its 4x4 credentials. Many of the underbody shield parts are made from a new material called Starkle, which is up to 20% recycled. The composition includes white particles that Dacia “flaunts” instead of painting it – and there are snazzy recycled logos too.

What’s more, the front and rear skid plates of the new Dacia Duster are ‘dyed in the mass’, meaning the colour is integrated into the material. As paint is also not used here, it’s better for the environment, and will also shrug off scratches as they won’t alter the original colour.

Inside, the new Dacia Duster has a higher, more vertical dashboard. It’s more cleverly styled, with details including the Y-shape of the air vents which resemble the wheelarches. The Y-shape also appears around the door panel arm rests, while the steering wheel carries the new Dacia logo.

The heavy-duty interior of the new Dacia Duster includes materials such as washable TEP MicroCloud upholstery, and the availability of rubber mats in the front, rear and boot, which are 20% recycled.

The new Dacia Duster is offered in four trims – Essential, Expression, Extreme and Journey. All but base Essential have a 10.1-inch centre screen positioned in the driver’s field of view and angled 10 degrees towards them. All models have Media Display, which has wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Higher-grade models have Media Nav Live, with sat nav and a six-speaker Arkamys stereo.

The new Dacia Duster Essential gives owners access to their smartphone through the clever Dacia Media Control app. It allows them to control the radio and several other features from their smartphone, which can be mounted in a dedicated holder.

Cruise control is standard across the range and all new Dacia Duster apart from Essential have an electric parking brake. New options include a heated steering wheel and windscreen de-icer. The new Dacia Duster also has a clever YouClip, a clever system that can hold several accessories in specific areas. Up to five YouClip grips come as standard.

The new Dacia Duster is roomier inside, with particular improvements in front cabin width and rear legroom. The boot floor is lower, while the opening is wider and higher. The boot itself is, with space of up to 472 litres, 6% larger.

New 2024 Dacia Duster boot space
The new Dacia Duster has an enlarged 472-litre boot and an innovative Sleep Pack option allows you to sleep in it overnight!

New 2024 Dacia Duster: engines and gearboxes

The core new Dacia Duster engine is a 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol engine called TCe 130. It’s the first time Dacia has used this engine, which produces 130PS and has 48V mild hybrid technology.

Performance and fuel economy figures have not yet been revealed, but the new Dacia Duster will emit 10% less CO2 than a conventional engine. It will come as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox.

The new Dacia Duster TCe 130 engine comes in either 4x2 front-wheel drive or 4x4 all-wheel drive guise. The new 4x4 version has 217mm of ground clearance, the highest on the market, and comes as standard with a clever 4x4 Terrain Control transmission offering five drive settings – auto, snow, mud and sand, off-road and eco.

The new Dacia Duster 4x4 has hill descent control and a new All Road Info system. This displays off-road readouts on the centre display including lateral tilt, uphill and downhill pitch, and power distribution to the front and rear wheels.

The new Dacia Duster will also be offered in a version that can run on both unleaded and LPG fuel. The TCe 100 Bi-Fuel has two fuel tanks, a 50-litre petrol tank and 50-litre LPG tank, meaning it can travel more than 800 miles between stops. LPG is cheaper than unleaded and emits less CO2, although it can be tricky to find places that sell it.

The most notable new Dacia Duster engine is the Hybrid 140, a four-cylinder 1.6-litre engine that’s paired with two electric motors and an electric automatic gearbox. This full hybrid system produces a total of 140PS and can drive in all-electric mode up to 80% of the time in cities. This should improve fuel consumption by 20% overall, and 40% in the city. It always starts with electric power.

The new Dacia Duster is built on the advanced Renault Group CMF-B platform. This is also used by the Dacia Jogger and Dacia Sandero. It gives better refinement and a more enjoyable drive, along with greater interior space despite similar external dimensions.

Dacia Duster Review 2024: front static

Find a used Dacia Duster for sale

The current Dacia Duster was introduced in 2017 and remains a great used car to buy. A three-year old model could be yours for around £12,000, which represents excellent value for money. Used models include turbo petrol engines and the Bi-Fuel version, which can also run on affordable LPG fuel as well as normal unleaded.  

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The new Dacia Duster is the third generation of Dacia’s best-selling car. It was introduced back in 2010 and production currently stands at 2.2 million. The Dacia Duster has won more than 40 awards and the new model aims to continue this track record.

All new Dacia Duster have rugged styling and a raised ride height. A capable new 4x4 version capitalises on this with all-wheel drive that offers five different drive settings including snow, mud and sand, and off-road.

The new Dacia Duster is not yet available as an electric car. Instead, alongside the turbo petrol version is a hybrid – which makes it possible to drive in all-electric mode in cities for up to 80% of the time.

Exclusive look at the new Dacia Duster