New three-cylinder petrol unit brings improved fuel economy and torque but pushes entry price to £10,995
Felix Page Autocar writer
15 August 2019

Dacia has raised the pricing of its Duster SUV following the addition of a new entry-level petrol engine. 

The new engine is available on Dusters equipped with Access, Essential and Comfort trim, with prices ranging from £10,995 to £13,995. This marks a £1000 increase over the Duster’s previous £9995 entry price.

The turbocharged three-cylinder TCe 100 unit replaces the 1.6-litre SCe 115 engine with less power, at 99bhp, but improved emissions. CO2 output is down 18% at 126g/km and  fuel efficiency has been improved from 40.9-43.5mpg to 48.7-49.5mpg.

Torque output is improved as well, with the TCe 100 producing 192lb ft, 66% more than the SCe unit’s 115lb ft. Acceleration and top speed are slightly reduced, though, with the TCe capable of 0-62mph in 12.5sec and a top speed of 104mph. 

Dacia claims the TCe 100, also found in the new Renault Clio, is lighter and more compact than the engine it replaces. Mechanical improvements include an electronically controlled turbocharger wastegate, a redesigned exhaust manifold, twin variable valve timing and bore spray coating. 

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Dacia has sold nearly 10,000 Dusters so far this year, an 89% increase compared with the same period in 2018. 

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15 August 2019

192Nm might be more realistic, so 141lb ft. The TCe 100 seems like a sensible addition to the range as the low down torque will be welcome. 

15 August 2019

I'm sure the extra torque and improved economy is welcome, but at what price?  With its turbocharger, twin variable valve timing and likely addition of a dual mass flywheel there will probably be more to go wrong. Probably fine during the warranty period, but would you want one that's a few years old?  

15 August 2019
LP in Brighton wrote:

I'm sure the extra torque and improved economy is welcome, but at what price?  With its turbocharger, twin variable valve timing and likely addition of a dual mass flywheel there will probably be more to go wrong. Probably fine during the warranty period, but would you want one that's a few years old?  

Yes, just imagine it's a BMW.

15 August 2019
LP in Brighton wrote:

I'm sure the extra torque and improved economy is welcome, but at what price?  With its turbocharger, twin variable valve timing and likely addition of a dual mass flywheel there will probably be more to go wrong. Probably fine during the warranty period, but would you want one that's a few years old?  

Our designs aren't over complicated

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15 August 2019
LP in Brighton wrote:

I'm sure the extra torque and improved economy is welcome, but at what price?  With its turbocharger, twin variable valve timing and likely addition of a dual mass flywheel there will probably be more to go wrong. Probably fine during the warranty period, but would you want one that's a few years old?  

 

You seem to be the type who finds fault with anything and then loves to spread the doom and gloom around...list all the cars that your doom laden prediction does not hold true for?.

 

Do you understand that point?.

 

Not everyone can afford to buy new and sell/px, just as the warranty period is about to finish. Have you heard of a car that is bought other than brand new...its called a used car, they can  come with warranties, have FSH and have been looked after by the previous owner.

 

You either wobble around your isolated village on a tricycle or have no understanding about the automotive marketplace. Don't even think about buying a car, you would be the salespersons/service dept worst nightmare.

16 August 2019

But I actually drive a 5-year old petrol hybrid which so far hasn't given any trouble - so i'm not against new tech, so long as it's reliable. But my experiemce with warranties hasn't always been good - you often have to fight to get dealers fix things that go wrong - and with another newish model (still under warranty) I ended up with a £300 bill for regassing the air con which never worked properly. Turns out that modern cars now use an extremely expensive R1234YF refrigerant, so look out for that one... 

15 August 2019

I wonder if prices in the  Euro area have also gone up by a similar percentage (10% on the base model) or is it in part adjustment to compensate for a weaker pound?

15 August 2019

I wonder if prices in the  Euro area have also gone up by a similar percentage (10% on the base model) or is it in part adjustment to compensate for a weaker pound?

16 August 2019

The difference of price on the French website (and probably accross the eurozone) is only 650euros (currently ~£600) so they are clearly trying to nudge the price up here...

16 August 2019

The difference of price on the French website (and probably accross the eurozone) is only 650euros (currently ~£600) so they are clearly trying to nudge the price up here...

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