It’s fairly easy to read into what Dacia wants to say with the first-ever teaser for the all-new Duster, but the second teaser will hopefully offer more details on Europe’s cheapest crossover. From earlier reports and a flurry of spy photos, one thing we know about the 2018 Dacia Duster is that the overall shape, design, and dimensions won’t differ too much from the existing model.
Commercial director Francois Mariotte made it clear the oft-rumored Grand Duster will not happen, so you can say goodbye to seven seats and a longer wheelbase. Expected to ride on an upgraded B0 platform, the newcomer will be offered with front-wheel-drive as standard and a Nissan-sourced all-wheel-drive system. Designed to channel up to 50 percent of the engine’s torque to the rear wheels, the Nissan system is adequately capable in a lot of situations.
As it is the case with the 2017 Dacia Duster, the 2018 model will be offered with an array of four-cylinder plants. You can bet the 1.2 TCe turbo inline-four will make the cut, as will the 1.5 dCi diesel found in the Sandero and Clio. Renault’s EDC six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox is also in the offing.
Scheduled to be revealed in full on September 12, the 2018 Dacia Duster is rumored to give birth to a pickup truck spin-off at some point in time, a European model similar in design to the South America-spec Renault Duster Oroch.