Renault Duster Ambulance is Real, First Units to Be Shipped to the Republic of Angola

In continuous production around the world since 2010, the Dacia Duster introduced the concept of low-cost to the compact crossover SUV segment. By low-cost, we’re referring to a vehicle that only costs €11,000 in Europe and £9,495 in the UK.
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How is it possible to offer a brand spanking new SUV with front-wheel drive and a 1.6-liter gasoline engine that churns out 105 HP for so little money? Dacia’s parent company Renault has the answer to that - the B0 platform. To make a long story short, this is just a modernized Renault Clio II chassis. Regarding the II, that Clio generation was made from 1988 to 2005.

Nowadays, you can even get a 1.2-liter TCE engine with 125 horsepower. If petrol isn’t your thing, Renault’s trusted 1.5-liter dCi is also available with 90 ponies on tap. But what we’re dealing with today isn’t your average Duster. As a global product, the Romanian-French crossover SUV is marketed as a Renault or as a Nissan in numerous places around the world.

The Renault Duster ambulance you can admire in the photo gallery below has been developed in Romania, the brand’s country of origin and the place where the Duster wears Dacia badges.

Specially designed to be driven on rough terrain, the Duster ambulance is the creation of Renault Technologie Roumanie and Romturingia SRL, a coachbuilder based in Romania.

Nevermind the medical equipment. What matters most with this contraption is the almost 300 mm (11.8 in) of extra space in the rear, added in order to accommodate all those medical bits and bobs and a patient.

The examples you can see in the gallery below were made at the Dacia manufacturing plant in Mioveni, Romania, and they’re currently on their way to the Republic of Angola in Southern Africa.

4WD? It has a system similar to the one that equips the former-gen Nissan Qashqai. Thanks to this bit of kit, we have this feeling that Angola’s roads will be no problem for the Renault Duster ambulance.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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