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2021 Renault Duster for Russia Revealed Three Years After Dacia Duster Redesign

Russia is an important market for Renault, but for some reason or another, the French automaker waited three years to reveal the second-generation Renault Duster for this part of the world. Produced by Dacia in Europe, the compact SUV differs only slightly from a visual standpoint.
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Described as “a distinctly assertive and robust look,” the all-new model features quite a familiar design for the headlamps, LED signature lighting, and taillamps. The only elements that strike a discordant chord come in the guise of badges on the front and rear fascias, steering wheel, and the grille.

The pictured vehicle is also equipped with chunky rubber shoes wrapped around five-spoke alloy wheels with a gloss-black finish, a combination that works like a charm with the plastic cladding on the wheel arches and the side moldings. 4,341 millimeters (170.9 inches) long, the second-generation Duster for Russia offers 205 or 210 millimeters (8.0 and 8.2 inches) of ground clearance for the front- and all-wheel-drive options.

Renault is keeping quiet about the interior design and powertrain options, but don’t get your hopes up for anything too different from the South American and European versions of the compact crossover. In all likelihood, the base engine will be a free-breathing 1.6 that’s going to be joined by a 1.3-liter TCe turbocharged four-cylinder shared with Mercedes-Benz.

The biggest “what if” concerns the 1.5-liter dCi, an engine that has discontinued from the Logan, Sandero, and Sandero Stepway in the Old Continent. Whatever Renault has in the pipeline, you can rest assured that the new Duster will continue the commercial success story of its forebear.

More than 440,000 units were sold in eight years of existence in Russia, and Renault is ranked fourth on the list of most popular automakers with a market share of 8.2 percent for new cars and light commercial vehicles. For reference, Lada reigns at the top while Kia and Hyundai are ranked second and third.

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