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Value-focused SUV is now available to order with 128bhp and 148bhp 1.3-litre turbo petrol engines; deliveries in March

Dacia has released UK pricing and spec details of two new turbocharged petrol variants of its Duster SUV, on sale now. 

The TCe 130 engine is available from mid-level Comfort spec and above, priced from £14,395. The new 1.3-litre unit makes 128bhp and 177lb ft of torque, enough for a 0-62mph time of 11.1sec and a top speed of 119mph.

Also available is the more powerful TCe 150, making 148bhp from a tuned version of the same unit. It does 0-60mph in 10.4sec and hits 124mph flat out. It's only available in top-spec Prestige trim, and as such is priced from £16,295. Both variants have identical quoted WLTP fuel economy of 47.0mpg, with CO2 emissions of 137g/km.

Both variants come exclusively with a six-speed manual gearbox and are front-wheel drive, with 4x4 versions of both to be added in the middle of next year. There's no word on whether an automatic gearbox will be offered at a later date. 

The Duster range contains four trim levels: Access, Essential, Comfort and Prestige. The base variant, priced from £9995, comes with LED daytime running lights, height-adjustable front headrests and seatbelts, an engine stop-start system and automatic emergency braking. It also gets steel wheels and wind-down rear windows, however.

Essential upgrades the steel wheels to a different design and adds painted bumpers, air conditioning, a DAB radio and Bluetooth for £11,595.

Comfort, at £13,195, adds all-round electric windows, alloy wheels, electric adjustment for the mirrors, a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system with sat-nav, a rear-view camera and parking sensors.

Top-of-the-range Prestige (£14,395) adds diamond-cut alloy wheels, a multi-view camera, keyless entry, climate control, keyless entry and blindspot monitoring. This version is £680 more expensive than the entry-level Ford Fiesta. 

The latest Duster sits on the same platform as its predecessor and has identical overall dimensions, although the windscreen has been moved forward slightly to improve interior space. 

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The car now sports a broader front grille and wider headlights, while the rear lights have been moved to the corners. The square wheel arch style of the previous Duster has been retained, with new roof bars added. 

Dacia has sold more than a million Dusters since 2010 and year-on-year sales continue to rise. Van den Acker said that influenced Groupe Renault’s thinking about the new model’s design. 

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“The big revolution is that we’re not doing a revolution,” he said. “The Duster’s not
 at the end of its life. We 
still can’t make enough to satisfy demand. So why change a good thing? But if you get close, you’ll see that everything has been touched.” 

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Dacia design boss David Durand said ensuring 
the Duster retained an unpretentious feel, reflecting value for money, was vital. 

“The original brief was 
a white page, so we could explore everything — even if we did go back to familiar themes,” he said. 

Q&A: LAURENS VAN DEN ACKER, RENAULT DESIGN BOSS 

Why didn’t you increase the size of the Duster?


“The Duster has a bit of a magical size. We felt there was more worth to be created for our customers by fixing the design ‘mistakes’. If we decide we’ll need a bigger car, we’ll do it with something else.” 

Did having Dacia help shape a design direction for Renault?

“Dacia helped us to push Renault in a more emotional direction. Renault has become more Latin, more emotional. Renault’s history is a little more humble than where we’ve pushed the brand to now, and I’m sure if we didn’t have Dacia, a part of the company would be saying: ‘Captur is great, but we used to have affordable cars. We need that as well.’” 

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fortyfive 8 March 2019

1.3Tce still not here

Well it's March 8th and still not sign of the Duster 1.3 tce. Not even on the dacia UK web site. Any ideas where it's gone to, especially the 4x4 version I'm interested in?

fortyfive 8 March 2019

1.3Tce

Only seems to be shown on the French Web site, not Spain or UK.

Tom Chet 5 June 2018

No growth?!? Hooray!

Hooray for a new car that hasn't grown in length or width.  How refreshing!

Andrew1 5 June 2018

Great car

Looks better than the first one, with nicer, more modern interiour. It's still something between an SUV (i.e. a road vehicle) and an offroader. While it cannot match a proper offroader due to having only a central locking diff and low power engines, its approach and departure angles are very good, and so is the ground clearance. It will go much further than many far more expensive SUVs.

A vehicle for a sensible buyer who knows what he/she wants.