The Dacia Duster could soon be available as a larger seven-seater model, possibly badged the Grand Duster. If reports are to be believed, Dacia is preparing to launch this new model in 2018 to compete with the likes of the Kia Sorento, Nissan X-Trail and Renault Kadjar. Read on for everything we know so far.
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New Dacia Grand Duster styling
No official images of the seven-seat Grand Duster have been released, but we don’t expect it to differ significantly from the recently facelifted five-seat model. The front bumper should feature the latest car’s revised headlights and grille but the most significant difference will be a noticeably stretched rear end and raised roofline to accommodate the third row of seats.
New Dacia Grand Duster interior
Beside two additional seats, we don’t expect the new Duster’s interior to be heavily modified from that of the current car. It will probably feature a simple utilitarian design with basic materials and features. The equipment recently made available on the faceifted Duster, including a DAB digital radio, should also feature on this new seven-seat model.
Fold the third row of seats away, and this new car will reportedly boast a load bay of approximately 650 litres. Its carrying capacity will be significantly reduced with all seven seats in place, however.
New Dacia Grand Duster engines and driving
The new Duster will probably come with the same selection of engines as the current five-seat model. Three Renault-sourced units, a 1.6-litre petrol, a 1.2-litre turbo and a 1.5-litre diesel, should deliver fuel economy between 40-50mpg. In terms of refinement, we hope the Duster’s surprisingly comfortable ride is unaltered in its larger sibling.
New Dacia Grand Duster price and release date
Dacia hasn’t released any official details, but the new seven-seat Duster is expected to hit showrooms in 2018. We expect it to undercut the likes of the Renault Kadjar and Kia Carens so entry-level models should cost less than £18,000.
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