All-new Dacia Duster shown ahead of Frankfurt debut

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Other changes can be seen on the exterior, which features a new grille and headlights stuck right at the edge to emphasise the width of the new Duster.

Renault has not revealed the cabin of the new generation Duster and that will be the big showcase at Frankfurt. There are also new folds in the bonnet, as well as a more obvious skid plate at the front, with a satin-chrome finish.

The Romanian subsidiary of Renault, Dacia, has unveiled the all-new 2018 Duster which is going to make its public debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Show on September 12. It's still a compact unit, something the current Duster owners weren't too pleased about, but the new setup certainly looks better.

On the flanks, the higher belt line adds to the impression of strength and safety. All-new 2017 Duster will be available in brand-new body colour, Atacama Orange. New aluminium roof bars extend the windscreen line.

Out back, the haunches are decidedly stronger, and the horizontal lines, coupled with taillights positioned at the crossover's extremities, heighten the car's stance. With the latest update, not only does the Duster look more purposeful and fresh but has also received much-needed changes inside the cabin. 17-inch wheels and prominent wheel arches with black wing arch trims highlight the car's adventurer credentials. Dacia's rear lighting signature - four red stacked squares - has been adapted for Duster.

French auto maker Renault said on Wednesday it will launch a new Duster SUV model under its Romanian brand Dacia next month. Adding to the tough guy image is a wider satin-chrome-finish rear skid plate to match the one in the front. Duster is powered by a 1.5-litre K9k dCi diesel engine. The new model is likely to make its way to India next year.

Through a major expansion programme - which included rolling out in the United Kingdom in 2012 - Dacia sold more than four million cars a year ago.

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