Frankfurt preview: 2014 Dacia Duster

Renault\'s most popular model gets a minor makeover.

Renault's Romania-based Dacia division has unveiled the facelifted Duster SUV ahead of its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. Launched in 2010, the Duster is one of the Renault group's strongest sellers throughout Europe.

The SUV gains a modestly updated front end that features a new grille with two chromed slats and honeycomb inserts, thoroughly redesigned headlights that incorporate LED daytime running lamps and a more rugged-looking bumper. Out back, the changes are limited to new trim on the tailgate and revamped tail lamps.

Interior pictures are not available but the facelift will likely bring a more modern cockpit. The Botoxed Duster will be available with Dacia's Media Nav touch screen-based infotainment system for the first time, indicating the low-cost firm is moving its flagship up a notch on the market in an effort to get a larger slice of the lucrative compact SUV segment.

Mechanically, the Duster carries on with a 105-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder that can run on either gasoline or compressed natural gas (CNG) and two versions of the 1.5-liter dCi four-cylinder turbodiesel that is also found under the hood of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class. Both front- and four-wheel drive models are offered.

The facelift only applies to left-hand drive Dusters sold throughout Europe and North Africa. Right-hand drive examples distributed in the United Kingdom and Ireland will not be updated as the model was introduced less than a year ago.

Pricing information will be available closer to the SUV's on-sale date.

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