New Dacia Duster prices start from £9,995, the firm has revealed ahead of ordering opening on 11 June 2018 – meaning the second-generation model is still Britain’s cheapest SUV.
First revealed at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the new model is finally arriving in the UK; Dacia says that every single body panel has changed, and the interior has been “totally revised” with more advanced onboard technology.
Complexity for consumers hasn’t increased though, insists the firm. “Dacia’s ethos is to keep things simple and no-nonsense.” The new trim line comprises Access, Essential, Comfort and Prestige.
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Core features include LED daytime running lights, electric front windows, engine stop-start and emergency brake assist. But it’s the Essential, priced from £11,595, that’s expected to become the effective entry-level model: it includes 16-inch alloy wheels, body0coloured bumpers, DAB radio, Bluetooth – and air conditioning.
Comfort costs from £13,195; key extras include posher upholstery, leather steering wheel, rear parking camera, electric door mirrors and 7-inch MediaNav touchscreen infotainment with standard sat nav. The range-topping Prestige has 17-inch alloys, blind spot warning, keyless entry and climate control.
The engine range is even more simple: either SCe 115 petrol or Blue dCi 115 turbodiesel; the former has 4×2 and 4×4 options, but the diesel is front-wheel drive only. No Duster currently offers an automatic gearbox option.
Dacia says customers will feel clear benefits with the new Duster, not just the new styling. The power steering is 35 percent lighter, for example, interior noise has been halved and larger speakers mean the audio system sounds better.
In-cabin stowage is improved 20 percent, the infotainment screen is positioned 74mm higher on the dashboard and denser front seat foam is coupled with 20mm longer seat cushions. The driver’s seat has a greater range of height adjustment as well.
First UK deliveries of the new Duster begin from July.
2018 Dacia Duster prices
|Access SCe 115 4×2||£9,995|
|Essential SCe 115 4×2||£11,595|
|Essential SCe 115 4×4||£13,595|
|Essential Blue dCi 115 4×2||£13,595|
|Comfort SCe 115 4×2||£13,195|
|Comfort SCe 115 4×4||£15,195|
|Comfort Blue dCi 115 4×2||£15,195|
|Prestige SCe 115 4×2||£14,395|
|Prestige SCe 115 4×4||£16,395|
|Prestige Blue dCi 115 4×2||£16,395|