Dacia Duster, Futuristic Low-cost CrossoverBy Alex Ion
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While Dacia is normally a prime player in the low cost sector, they’ve made some moves to be taken more seriously as a quality brand. That let the brand to get a little bold– and release the first concept car in the company’s history. Meant as a design study, the Dacia Duster is a versatile crossover that mixes an athletic stance with a futuristic design. A departure from Dacia’s norm, Duster is definitely an eye catcher with its all-glass roof, rear-hinged back doors and ridiculously large 21-inch wheels. Powered by a 1.5L dCi diesel engine from Renault that outputs 105 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque, it goes naught to 62 mph in 9.6 seconds and has a 44.4 mpg fuel efficiency (5.3 litres per 100km). Those numbers are certain to please the green-conscious more so than the performance-minded. Let’s hope thist “robot” makes it to production lines with an affordable price, because we’re loving where Dacia is going with this one. [via Autoblog]