Dacia is one of the fastest growing car brands in the UK, thanks to its low price and affordable vehicles in the line-up. The current Dacia Duster was one of the most popular car, and will surely continue to be as the Romanian brand is announcing a series of important updates.
The small SUV will be enjoying a fresh new EU6-compliant 1.6 16V 115 petrol engine which replaces the previous 1.6 16V 105 engine. It develops 10hp more than its predecessor at 5,500rpm and has an extra 8Nm of torque – now 156Nm at 4,000rpm.
This trims the 0-62mph acceleration time of 4×2 versions from 11.5 to 11.0 seconds, while for 4×4 models the reduction is 0.8 seconds to 12.0 seconds. The top speeds rise by 1mph and 5mph respectively. For 4×4 versions, CO2 emissions tumble by 30g/km to 155g/km, while NEDC fuel consumption has been reduced by 6.2mpg and is now 41.5mpg. There are substantial gains with 4×2 models, too: CO2 falls by 20g/km to 145g/km, fuel economy improves by 4.3mpg to 44.1mpg.
The increase in power and torque also raises the towing capacity of 4×2 versions from 1,200 to 1,500kg so that it is now on a par with that of the 4×4 versions.
Mid-range Ambiance 4×2 and 4×4 versions have been added, giving a more progressive and logical product line. Previously, only entry-level Access models were offered with a petrol engine. The new Ambiance versions are priced at £10,495 (4×2) and £12,495 (4×4). The new petrol engine is also fitted to Access versions, which are priced at £9,495 (4×2) and £11,495 (4×4).
There are also reductions in fuel consumption and emissions for Duster models powered by the dCi 110 turbodiesel engine, which now meets EU6 emissions standards.