Dacia is all set to showcase not one but two new car models at the upcoming 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Of these models, one could be the facelifted version of the top selling Duster SUV and the other could be the station wagon version of the Logan. Called the MCV(An acronym for Multi Convivial Vehicle), the station wagon version of the Logan is popular in many parts of Eastern Europe. The new model will be based on the all new Dacia Logan platform that is a step up from the older platform. Cars like the Logan sedan and the Sandero based on the new Logan platform made their debut last year and the all new Station Wagon version of the Logan is expected to break cover at Geneva.
Given that the Logan MCV isn’t sold in India, our interest naturally tilts towards the other big possibility from Dacia at Geneva, the Duster facelift. The facelifted Dacia Duster SUV is expected to be based on the D-Cross concept that was showcased at the Sau Paulo Motor Show late last year. The Duster’s facelift, if unveiled at Geneva, will come at just the right time for Dacia and Renault as the Duster’s facing increased competition from new upstarts like the Ford EcoSport and the Chevrolet Trax. Notably, the Ford EcoSport has displaced the Duster from the latter’s top seller position in the Brazilian car market.
So, a facelifted model of the Duster could give Dacia and Renault just the ammo that they needed to fend off new competition. The facelifted Duster based on the D-Cross concept is expected to get a brand new front end and many other stylistic changes to spruce up its looks. Considering that is is a mid career facelift we’re talking about, expect the chassis and engine options under the hood to remain pretty much unchanged. India won’t get the facelifted Duster at least until 2014 as the SUV is less than a year old in India, from where it is also exported to right hand drive countries like England and Ireland.
Meanwhile, the Duster sold in Belgium is now available with a bunch of bells and whistles in the form of a Limited Edition variant . Here is a list of the various new features on the Belgian Limited Edition Duster variant,
* Garmin GPS Module
* 16 inch wheels
* Tinted windows
* Ceiling lamps
* “Duster Adventure” decals on the flanks of the SUV