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Is this the next gen Renault Duster 7 seater?

2016 Dacia Duster spyshot (5)

The next Duster with 7 seater will go head on with the Honda BR-V and will free up space of a smaller compact crossover in Renault’s portfolio.

The next gen Renault Duster 7 seater (in its Dacia avatar) has reported to have been spotted testing for the first time. However, the fully camouflaged early prototype appears to be just as long as the existing car and features no distinct design differences. This prototype is of the 2016 model year Dacia Duster which is set to debut in Frankfurt with updates including Easy-R AMT, revised roof rails, new alloy wheels and updated interior color theme. Complete details can be found here. So what you see in these spyshots is NOT a 2017 Duster 7 Seater prototype.

Speaking of the next gen Duster 7 seater, it is estimated to be longer than its predecessor by 15 cm. The upcoming crossover is likely to opt for an extruded rear overhang rather than an increased wheelbase since the former keeps the developmental costs at bay.

We expect the final version to have distinct styling differences from the outgoing car. The interior too is likely to be revamped to close the gap between its rivals, the Hyundai Creta and Maruti S-Cross.

2016 Dacia Duster spyshot (1)

This is NOT the next gen Duster 7 seater prototype but a 2016 Dacia Duster model year update that is scheduled to debut at Frankfurt next week.

The next gen Duster would retain its platform but Renault should work on improving the crossover’s safety standards to achieve 5-stars in Euro-NCAP crash tests. For India, the proven 1.5-litre K9K diesel engine is expected to continue with improvements. A diesel automatic is also likely to join the lineup.

By positioning the next gen Duster as a 7 Seater, Renault would have enough space in the global compact crossover market to squeeze in a smaller model, most likely in the sub-4 territory to take on the likes of Ford EcoSport and VW Taigun. The new model appears to be progressing with a late-2016 or early-2017 deadline.

2016 Dacia Duster – Spyshot Gallery

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