Dacia sharpens up

its bargain SUV

Dacia Duster, dashboard
Dacia Duster, rear static
Dacia Duster, front static

DACIA has enhanced and updated its Duster SUV model with sharper lines, increased kit and improved economy while, in some versions, continuing to offer proper 4x4 off-road ability.

Launched in the UK in 2013, and available across Europe since 2010, the Duster has gone on to sell more than 1.9 million vehicles in total, and has been the number one car for retail sales in its class in Europe's SUV market since 2019.

UK buyers can order a new Duster later this summer. No prices have been revealed; the outgoing model starts at £11,995 and tops out at £20,445.

A new body shape gives the latest Duster a better aerodynamic performance, helping reduce tailpipe emissions.

Inside, it is fitted with a high centre console with a retracting armrest, offers two multimedia systems with a new 8-inch screen and is available with a dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The new Duster is available in two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive versions.

The design of the new rear spoiler and new 16 and 17-inch alloy rims have been put to the test in a wind tunnel. The set of CO2optimisations (new wheel bearings and tires, LED lighting)allows a reduction of up to 5.8g of CO2on the 4x4 version of the latest Duster.

As well as the CO2reduction, these features have also helped to deliver lower fuel consumption, providing another benefit for customers.

Inside, a major new feature is the inclusion of a high centre console with a wide armrest that retracts 70mm. Available on selected models, it houses a closable, 1.1-litre storage compartment and two USB charging sockets for the rear passengers.

Standard equipment includes an onboard computer screen, automatic main beam activation and cruise control and speed limiter with backlit controls on the steering wheel.

Automatic climate control with a digital display, heated front seats and a hands-free card are available on higher specification versions.

The New Duster is available with a choice of two new multimedia systems. In addition to the Dacia Plug & Music audio equipment (radio, MP3, USB, and Bluetooth), two new, user-friendly multimedia systems are available: Media Display and Media Nav. These are accessed through the new centrally mounted 8-inch touchscreen on the dashboard.

The new Duster features a new type of tyre, no matter which version a customer opts for. The two-wheel drive version is fitted with ‘green' CO2 optimised tyres as standard, giving a 10 per cent reduction in rolling resistance. On the 4x4 version, the new tyres mean that winter tyres are no longer necessary.

The Duster is now available with a six-speed automatic EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) gearbox with the TCe 150 engine, while the capacity of the LPG tank on the TCe 100 Bi-Fuel version has been increased by 50 per cent, or 49.8 litres.

The two-wheel drive version of the New Duster now has a six-speed automatic EDC gearbox combined with the TCe 150 engine.

The engine line-up includes a diesel dCi 115 (two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive) combined with a six-speed manual gearbox, three petrol units - TCe 90 (two-wheel drive) combined with a six-speed manual gearbox, TCe 130 (two-wheel drive) combined with a six-speed manual gearbox and TCe 150 (two-wheel drive) combined with a six-speed automatic EDC gearbox.

There is also a Bi-Fuel (petrol-LPG option): TCe 100 (two-wheel drive) combined with a six-speed manual gearbox.

When running on LPG, the new Duster Bi-Fuel emits on average 9.5 per cent less CO2than an equivalent petrol engine. In addition, it offers a range of 767 miles thanks to its two tanks, with a combined supply of almost 100 litres.

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