Spyshots: Dacia SUV Completely Revealed
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As you can see, there are three photos of the SUV. We are forced to mention this because if you look at any of the three photos, you can't help from feeling like you are looking at three different cars.
Looked at from the front, eerie shivers went down our spines. Knowing Dacia designers do have some talent, as the Logan or Sandero are as eye-friendly as they get for their price tag (their fronts at least), we can't help from wondering what's gotten into them this time. For some reason, Dacia went for a Chinese look for the front end of the car. Fat, bulky, no character, big eyed and down right ugly...
Things seem to ease up when you start getting around the car. Starting with the side view, the Dacia SUV begins to be reminiscent of the Nissan Pathfinder: tall, sturdy, rigid. The Pathfinder analogy is more is even more obvious at the rear, largely thanks to the shape of the rear window.
Whereas the design cues are taken from the large Nissan SUV, apparently the platform on which the Romanian SUV is based comes from another Nissan model: the Qashqai. Nissan is also said to source the 4x4 technology for the Dacia SUV.
Engine wise, word on the street is the SUV will be powered by medium displacement engines, most likely 1.6l petrol and 1.5l diesel. A bigger 1.9l diesel may also fit well under the SUV's hood. Power output is said to range in between 85 hp and 130 hp.
The Dacia SUV will probably be unveiled in September, in Frankfurt. By then, maybe Dacia finds a way to change the front of the car, or at least this is what we hope they'll do. As time passes, surely new "leaks" will hit the media, so keep an eye out.
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On 3 July 2009 at 04:25 UTC, A said:
OMG !!! It's really hard these days to make a car look THAT UGLY . Big disappointment. Once again Renault proves that their futuristic and unrealistic concepts have nothing to do with the "real world" vehicles. I'm pretty sure they've tried very hard not to come out with a competitor for Qashqai and from my point of view, they did a great job.... quite a shame thouhg...
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