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.
Access trim is only available with the 113bhp and 115lb ft 1.6-litre SCe petrol engine with front-wheel drive, which achieves 43.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 149g/km.
All other trims can choose this petrol engine with front or four-wheel drive (the latter with 40.7mpg and 158g/km CO2), or a 113bhp, 192lb ft diesel engine with front-wheel drive that records 64.2mpg and 115g/km. There's no automatic transmission. The 0-62mph sprint takes between 10.5sec and 12.9sec, with four-wheel-drive versions being the slowest, while top speed is 105mph for all four-wheel-drive models, 107mph for front-wheel-drive petrols and 111mph for front-wheel-drive diesels.
Diesel and four-wheel-drive petrol models carry a £2000 premium over front-wheel-drive petrols. Metallic paint remains a £495 option, while leather upholstery costs £500.
About a third of Dacia's UK sales are of Dusters, so it's a key model for the brand, particularly in the small SUV segment. About 80% of Dusters will be petrol, with the front-wheel drive, petrol Prestige model expected to be the most popular, followed by the front-wheel-drive petrol Comfort.