Diesel 4x4 for new

Dacia Duster

Dacia Duster, 2018, side
Dacia Duster, 2018, front, off road
Dacia Duster, 2018, front, mud
Dacia Duster, 2018, side, action
Dacia Duster, 2018, front, wading
Dacia Duster, 2018, 4x4 monitor

BUDGET brand Dacia is expanding its Duster SUV line up with the introduction of diesel 4x4 models to the range.

Priced from £15,695 the new Blue dCi 115 variant sits close to the top of the Duster line up which, costing from £9,995 is the cheapest SUV of its kind.

The new diesel meets the latest emission standards and is available with a manual gearbox across all three Duster trim levels, topping out at £18,695 for a high specification Prestige version.

Under the new WLTP fuel economy testing regime the dCi 115 engine is rated at 60.1mpg with emissions of 123g/km.

It joins the two-wheel-drive diesel which uses the same 1.5-litre engine and the Duster petrol models which are available with both 4x2 and 4x4 set ups.

Performance data for the new diesel is 0 to 60 acceleration in 12.4 seconds and a top speed of 104mph.

In its cheapest guise in Essential trim the Blue dCi 4x4 Duster features 16-inch steel wheels, manual air conditioning, a DAB radio with steering-column mounted controls and Bluetooth connectivity.

Mid-range Comfort specification costs from £17,395 and includes alloy wheels, upgraded upholstery and trim, parking sensors and a rear view camera and a sat nav system operated via a seven-inch touchcscreen.

The top range Prestige models have 17-inch alloys, a, multi-view camera system, blind spot warning, climate control and keyless entry.

The new Duster line up - which was launched in the summer - has the same off-road credentials as the previous model with a ground clearance of more than eight inches and approach and departure angles of 30 and 33 degrees.

As well as hill descent control and a hill start assist function, the 4x4 models also have a specific monitor display that incorporates a compass and notifies the driver of the vehicle's angle when negotiating harsh conditions.

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