The new Dacia Duster SUV, revealed at the Geneva Motor Show, goes on sale in the UK with an evolutionary design, bigger spec and a price increase.
The Dacia Duster has been a real success in the UK for the Renault-owned brand, offering the cheapest way in to a new SUV and mopping up sales from bargain-hunting drivers. But now there’s a new Duster.
Revealed at the Geneva Motor Show, the new Duster isn’t just a titivation of the old model, but you’d be forgiven for thinking so as its very evolutionary design looks very familiar.
Dacia are keen you know not a single body panel has carried over from the old model, there’s a new lighting signature, new LED running lights, new 17″ wheels, new sculpted bonnet, big front skid plate, higher belt line and more steeply raked windscreen.
Inside there’s a more upmarket feel with driver-focussed MediaNav multimedia, new seats, better sound insulation,, more storage space, bigger speakers for improved sound and electric power steering.
Available technology also improves (depending on the trim level) with keyless, Climate and Blind Spot Warning all available.
Trim levels stay the same – Access, Essential, Comfort and Prestige – with all models getting LED running lights, adjustable headrests and seat belts, ECO mode, stop/start, ABS with Emergency Brake and curtain air bags.
The entry-level Dacia Access (from £9,995 – up £500) gets 16″ steel wheels and electric front windows, the Dacia Essential (from £11,595) adds 16″ ‘Fidji’ steel wheels, body coloured bumpers, Air Con, height adjustable driver’s seat, DAB and Bluetooth.
The Dacia Comfort (from £13,195) gets 16″ alloys, leather steering wheel, rear parking camera and sensors, electric windows all round, graphite cloth, heated electric mirrors and MediaNav 7″ touchscreen.
If you decide only the range-topping Dacia Prestige will do (from £14,395) you get 17″ alloys, multi-view camera, Blind Spot Warning, Climate and Keyless all in the price. Options include leather at £500 and metallic paint at £495.
Engine choices are a single petrol and a single diesel, with the SCe 115 petrol available in 2WD and 4WD and the Blue dCi diesel only available as a 2WD model. But it’s the petrol engine which is expected to take the bulk of sales in the UK, and the range-topping Prestige trim the most popular.
The new Dacia Duster officially goes on sale in the UK on 11 June, with first customer cars due in July.