Dacia Duster Concept

Concept Cars 4 Mar 2009
Dacia Duster Concept

Dacia has unveiled its first concept car ever, Duster, a futuristic crossover developed by the Renault Design Centers in Bucharest and Guyancourt. The robust and dynamic design is combined with a modular and versatile interior layout.

Dacia Duster ConceptThe Dacia Duster is a futuristic, image-building crossover that promotes the brand’s trademark values – simplicity, robustness and authenticity.

Duster is Dacia’s first concept car and the fruit of close collaboration between Renault Design Central Europe in Bucharest, Romania, and Renault Design Technocentre in Guyancourt, France.

The exterior features an asymmetrical doors layout. In the rear, the upper and lower surface join into two side elements that integrate the tail lights and separate from the body leaving space for the air flow.

The interior is characterized by the ample transparent roof, the use of colour, an original modular layout and versatile solutions. Technical partners of the project include ProtoStyle (Body styling) and Michelin.

From the official Press Release:


Dacia Duster ConceptSeen from the driver’s side, it is visibly a sporting coupé, yet passengers entering from the other side will see it as an MPV (Multi Purpose Vehicle) with a traditionally opening front door and rear-hinged rear door which suggest plush travelling refinement.

Duster’s main proportions include a height of 1.49 metres, short front and rear overhangs (65cm and 80cm respectively), generous wheelbase (2.80m) and compact volumes (4.25m long, 1.64m wide).

The front end features a broad bumper with two horizontal air-intake slits that suggest power.

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The grille features evident Dacia styling cues and is flanked by headlamps which wrap over the front wings to form a tapering line of light that stretches rearward towards the doors.

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Viewed from the side, the clear-cut lines of the wheel arches and tall doors reinforce the impression that Duster sits squarely on the road.

The Anthracite Grey bodywork and extensive one-piece glazed sweep– made possible by the absence of a central pillar – highlights the styling of the sides which are unmistakably reminiscent of Duster’s graphic identity.

Dacia Duster ConceptAt the rear, the engraved Dacia logo further emphasizes the concept car’s robust, dependable credentials.

Like Logan, Duster is just 4.25 metres long. The 21-inch, five-spoke aluminium alloy wheels, exterior mirrors positioned on the window surround and trapezoidal aluminium exhaust tailpipes are telltale signs of its sporting pedigree.

Special care has gone into Duster’s aerodynamic efficiency (Cd: 0.30) and the fluid lines of the body sides enable air to flow freely along the vehicle’s flanks before being jettisoned through the rear lights.

The aerodynamic, wing-like forms of the roof-mounted direction indicators also channel airflow towards the rear.

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The particulate filter- equipped 1.5 dCi 105hp engine (77kW) emits just 139g of CO2/km, equivalent to fuel consumption of 5.3 litres/100km.

Interior design

Dacia Duster ConceptThe concept car’s two-tone chocolate and blue interior exudes a sense of well-being and conviviality.

The fully
glazed roof
floods the cabin with light, while the enveloping forms of the staggered slim-line front seats provide comfort and support.

The driver’s seat is incorporated in a structure which extends all the way from the sill to the centre console, forming a sculptural, one-piece ensemble that echoes the exterior’s sporty appeal.

The user-friendly dashboard features fluid, expressive lines while employing simple materials.

Dacia Duster ConceptThe driver’s side front airbag is housed in the lower part of the steering wheel which has made it possible to position the screen centrally and free up appreciable stowage space on the dashboard.

The latter’s receding lines also provide record knee-room of 280mm for the front passenger who benefits from an exceptionally comfortable seating position.

The bellows-like form of the original two-tone dashboard incorporates a 20-litre glovebox, while the door inserts each include eight-litre stowage bins.

Dacia Duster ConceptAnother bin has been cleverly concealed in the back of the rear right-hand seat.

A simple push causes a box to slide forward from the trunk; the upright tailgate provides a carrying capacity of 470dm3 (VDA).

The four-seat ‘daily driver’ layout can be swiftly converted into a
leisure configuration in a matter of seconds.

The passenger seat slides underneath the driver’s seat on rails concealed in the floor to leave just one front seat and consequently free up a total carrying volume of two cubic metres.

Thanks to a recess in the floor and a strap located under the dashboard, this space can be used to carry a trials mountain bike.

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Dacia Duster Concept – Technical Specifications

Dacia Duster ConceptDimensions

  • Length (mm) 4,250
  • Width (mm) 1,640
  • Height (mm) 1,495
  • Overall width, doors open (mm) 4,285
  • Wheelbase (mm) 2,804
  • Front track (mm) 1,637
  • Rear track (mm) 1,640
  • Unladen weight (kg) 1,300
  • Boot volume (dm3 VDA) 470

Dacia Duster ConceptTechnical Features

  • Engine type dCi 105
  • Maximum power hp (kW) 105 (77)
  • Maximum torque (Nm) 240 at 2,000rpm
  • Acceleration from standstill to 100kph (s) 9.6
  • CO2 emissions (Combined cycle fuel consumption) 139g/km, equivalent to 5.3 litres/100km
  • Transmission Manual six-speed gearbox
  • Wheels / Tires 21-inch diameter wheels / 245/35 ZR21

(Source: Dacia)

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