Renault Australia’s ongoing efforts to deliver the rugged little Dacia Duster look to have entered a brand new section, with the corporate already honing the gross sales pitch for its new potential price-leader.
A next-generation model of the Dacia Duster – Dacia being Renault’s reasonably priced sub-brand in markets comparable to Europe and the UK – is predicted to seem globally in 2024.
Whereas it is going to likely have extra tech and options than the present mannequin that sells up a storm, it’s anticipated to retain points of a budget and utilitarian options which have made it such a success.
It’s for that reason that Renault Australia common supervisor Glen Sealey is pushing so arduous for the car, to the purpose the place the corporate’s native arm is already providing enter to this system’s engineers to ensure it’ll swimsuit our market’s rules.
Anticipated to put on Renault badges to spare the corporate the hassle of building a brand new model identify, the corporate is hoping to speak to the identical type of funds adventure-seekers drawn to the Suzuki Jimny – a extra hardcore, body-on-frame providing, it have to be added.
“For those who take a look at Australia in the present day, we take only a small portion of the autos accessible from [the] Group, however there’s much more that may very well be accessed for any variety of markets – however the constraints of a market like Australia which may restrict the providing because of each right-hand drive and sure security rules which might be distinctive to us right here,” Mr Sealey stated.
“However so far as product goes, we’ve at all times had a imaginative and prescient for Renault in Australia to categorise the model into 4 distinct life-style classes: Journey, Core, LCV and finally Alpine, which is about to go all-electric.
“The Journey vary is admittedly essential to us as a result of that encompasses the Romanian-born Dacia product which Renault took management of in 1999.
“We’re very eager to deliver the Dacia Duster to Australia beneath the Renault model however we merely can’t try this with the prevailing Duster, it must be with the brand new third-generation Duster, which is predicted to land in 2024.
“Don’t get me flawed, we might have beloved to have introduced the present Duster to Australia nevertheless it wouldn’t have handed the ADR side-impact rules.
“In reality, we’re working with Renault now to make sure that our necessities for ADRs are engineered into the car from an early stage of the automotive’s growth.
“I noticed the mannequin for it whereas I used to be at Renault in France and imagine it will work very effectively in Australia given it is going to swimsuit the principally out of doors life-style all of us share on this nation.
“Importantly for us, although, it provides us an inner combustion engine car which is accessible (and extra reasonably priced) as the remainder of the vary transitions to electrification, both as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or full-blown battery-electric car,” Mr Sealey completed.
Don’t anticipate huge modifications to the next-gen Duster both, no less than so far as the formulation goes, in keeping with Sealey.
“Duster provides you all the things you want and nothing you don’t,” he added.
“We see Duster interesting to the identical form of purchaser that is perhaps drawn to the Suzuki Jimny, for instance. Excessive-riding and one thing you’ll be able to drive from Sydney to Mudgee and never get out exhausted, however nonetheless with a level of all-wheel drive functionality.
“It’s definitely not going to compete with the standard two-wheel drive SUV-esque market. Moderately, Duster has good method and departure angles, a 4X4 drivetrain, [buyt will be] roomy and way more superior than the prevailing mannequin.”
Not like different markets the place the Dacia Duster thrives as a bone fide price-buster (it launched within the UK in 2010 priced beneath £10,000), Mr Sealey informed us it wouldn’t fairly be the identical state of affairs right here in Australia.
“Sadly, we additionally must pay duties with the automotive popping out of Europe and we’ll additionally take the next grade by way of specification… as Australians sometimes like loads of options, and that can have an effect on worth.
“Essentially, we’re not positioning the next-gen Duster as a budget-basic proposition to run across the streets of Sydney and Melbourne. As an alternative, we see it as a extremely enjoyable getaway automotive you could take from Sydney to the Blue Mountains and do some off-roading and benefit from the Aussie out of doors life-style.
“It’s useful to us in Australia that South Africa already takes the Duster in right-hand drive badged Renault, whereas within the different right-hand markets just like the UK, Duster is beneath the Dacia model,” Mr Sealey completed.
Earlier Renault Australia administration was as soon as really fairly superior down the trail of providing Dacia in Australia as a no-frills European funds contender, however by no means fairly acquired the enterprise case over the road, or agreed on acceptable nomenclature with head workplace.
Nevertheless, the French marque later opted out of instantly working its Australian import and wholesale enterprise, and switched to utilizing third-party car distribution professional Ateco, which opened the door for this subsequent rethink.