The 2015 Dacia Duster will feature styling and trim upgrades – all for a zero increase in its “shockingly affordable” pricing. It is still available two- and four-wheel-drive models derived from three trim levels. The base Access trim is powered by a 105 hp 1.6-litre 16-valve petrol engine, while the mid-range Ambiance and top-grade Lauréate trims are powered by a 107 hp 1.5-litre dCi 110 turbodiesel power unit.
The power rating on the dCi goes up to 109 hp on 4x4 versions. The two-wheel drive Access version is available at a starting price of less than £9,500 while the two-wheel-drive variant can be availed at just below £11,500. The 2015 Dacia Duster now features a more stylish chrome front grille -- two layers of four small intakes surrounding the Dacia logo.
All trim levels feature ‘Duster’ branded roof bars, with the Lauréate version coming in chrome. The Lauréate version also features Tyrol 16-inch alloy wheels, body-colored door handles and dark metal door mirror casings. The 2015 Duster can be still availed in Glacier White on the Ambiance and Lauréate versions, with new optional colors now being offered -- Mercury, Khaki, Pearl Black, Slate Grey and Cinnamon.
Access models feature 16-inch Eiger steel wheels, remote locking, an engine immobiliser, electric front windows and anti-lock brakes with Emergency Brake Assist. The Access models likewise feature Electronic Stability Control and Traction Control, a Tire Pressure Monitor, four airbags, an ECO driving mode and gearshift indicator and a four-speed heating and ventilation system.
Coming as standard for the Access models are body-colored bumpers, black door handles and Duster-branded roof bars and bumpers. Their 4x4 version features a center differential lock with 2WD, Auto and Lock modes.
The Ambiance models have all the equipment the Access models have with the addition of Matterhorn 16-inch steel wheels, satin chrome door handles, a chrome gearlever insert and instrument surrounds, a radio/CD player with AUX and USB sockets and Bluetooth, front foglights, a height-adjustable driver’s seat and a 60:40 split rear seat.
The Lauréate models, meanwhile, boasts of 16-inch Tyrol alloys, manual air conditioning, electric mirrors and rear windows as wellas cruise control with a speed limiter, a seven-function trip computer. They also feature a glovebox light, a passenger vanity mirror and body colored door handles, satin chrome Duster-branded roof bars, scuff plates and side sills.
Revised New Dacia Duster was developed using styling features that have made it an extraordinary success. However it also has obvious 4x4 design cues. This model’s front section has been improved with the grille even having a new design. There are two chrome-plated strips that decorate the front end and house not only a new and lower-set air intake but also the new double-optic headlights that come with daytime running lights.
The various upgrades help highlight the on-road stance of this vehicle and the “go-anywhere,” robust quality. Moving to the rear end, the new lights mirror the styling cues that are on the front section. A good example of this is the use of chrome like the chrome-plated tailpipe. Completing the styling changes on the exterior is the new “4WD” lettering.
It also enhances the personality of this model. For the New Dacia Duster, Comète Grey will now be offered for the body paint. Helping emphasize the SUV quality of this model are the new Duster-labeled roof bars that have slatted supports. New alloy 16-inch wheels in “Dark Metal” are offered and combined with the “Mud and Snow” tires help refresh the New Dacia Duster’s profile.
David Durand, who is the Head of Styling for the Entry range, said that the company made use of the original model’s appeal and its proportions. He added that identity components, like the grille, have been all modernized.
The company also strengthened the vehicle’s 4x4 cues, he continued, while making sure that all useful features have been retained. Durand shared that the New Dacia Duster continues to have its initial DNA but gets a character that is even stronger.