Dacia delivers Duster 4x4 Popemobile to the Vatican

27 Nov, 2019 4:51pm Luke Wilkinson

Dacia has gifted a specially-modified Duster 4x4 to the head of the Catholic Church, to suit his Papal mobility needs

Groupe Renault has gifted a bespoke Dacia Duster 4x4 to the head of the Catholic Church and the Holy Father of the Vatican State, Pope Francis. It has been specially modified to suit the Pope’s mobility needs, with a unique interior, a removable glass superstructure and a tweaked chassis.

Like all previous Popemobiles, the exterior of this unique Dacia Duster 4x4 is finished in white, while its interior is trimmed in beige leather. Dacia has also fitted a large retractable sunroof and a removable roof-mounted glass box which allows the Pope to be more visible when greeting large crowds during his public appearances.

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Dacia lowered the Duster Popemobile’s ride height by 30mm, too, to make entering and exiting the vehicle easier. The SUV’s cabin has also been fitted with a new rear bench seat, which the Romanian manufacturer claims is “particularly comfortable.”

Finally, there’s a range of additional support structures throughout the vehicle to support the weight of the glass viewing box, as well as a new pair pennant flags mounted to the Duster’s front wings which bear the official crest of the Vatican.

Xavier Martinet, General Manager of Groupe Renault Italy said: “With this gift to His Holiness, Groupe Renault renews its strong and continuous commitment to putting Man at the centre of its priorities.”

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