The new 2017 Dacia Duster is furthering its already appealing proposition with an array of upgrades. Starting October this year, the Duster – the Lauréate and flagship Prestige 4x2 models in particular -- could be availed with an automatic six-speed EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) gearbox. This EDC transmission fuses the comfort and smoothness of an automatic gearbox with the low fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions of a manual gearbox – while still allowing the Duster to be as affordable as it has been.
With this gearbox, drivers could expect a simpler and smoother drive. This system features Hill Start Assist which could hold the brakes for a limited period during a start on a sloping terrain, thereby giving drivers enough time to step on the brakes.
This means drivers won’t roll back unintentionally as the SUV moves away. When paired to the EDC transmission, the models’ 1.5 dCi 110 turbodiesel engine could return 62.8mpg (NEDC combined) and emit 116 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer. Dacia will commence sales of the Duster EDC in the United Kingdom at a starting price of £14,895 on-the-road.
A base Duster has a starting price of £9,495 on-the-road. The new 2017 Dacia Duster has also been upgraded to include an array of revisions on both the interior and exterior. For instance, the 2017 version of the Duster, as standard, features new upholstery (for all trim levels) and new characteristic square effect headlights as well as DAB radio (from Ambiance trim upwards).
Dacia is also offering several optional features and elements like part-leather ‘Aspira’ upholstery, 16-inch ‘Tyrol’ diamond-cut alloy wheels and rear parking sensors. Further revisions on the interior include a dashboard with a dark carbon finish as complemented by a new satin chrome center console surround as well as new steering wheel inserts. Lauréate models and above could be optionally specified with a rear parking camera and be wrapped in new Pennine Green metallic paint.
Moreover, Lauréate models and above could now be equipped with the 1.2 TCe 125 engine, which means customers could now choose to fit their SUVs with either petrol or diesel powerplants. The optional 1.2 TCe 125 turbocharged engine is powerful enough to deliver up to 125 horsepower of output and up to 205Nm of torque at 4,000rpm. It is also very frugal and very efficient, having the capability to return 46.3 miles per gallon of petrol (4x2 version, NEDC combined) while emitting 138 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer.
Available on Lauréate trim and above, the inclusion of the new 1.2 TCe 125 turbocharged engine in the line-up means that customers now have the choice of a petrol or diesel variant at every trim level. It serves as a perfect complement for the more powerful and existing 1.6 SCe 115 engine. Powering diesel versions of the new Duster is the well-proven 1.5 dCi engine. For the 2017 model, the new Dacia Duster could be specified with top-of-the-range ‘Prestige’ trim level.
Building on the Lauréate trim and with a price difference of just £900, the Prestige trim adds 16-inch ‘Tyrol’ diamond-cut alloy wheels, rear-parking camera and MediaNav Evolution. Thus, the trim levels for the new Dacia now include Access, Ambiance, Ambiance Prime, Lauréate and Prestige. As the entry-level model of the Dacia Duster range, the Access trim level comes with a number of standard features including ABS and Emergency Brake Assist ESC/ASR (Electronic Stability Control and Traction Control).
Further standard features on the 2017 Duster include electric front windows, a Thatcham-approved engine immobilizer, longitudinal roof bars, and remote control central locking. Meanwhile, the Ambiance trim level builds on the features included in the Access trim, adding a number of specs.
These additional standard equipment include, front and rear bumpers wrapped in body color, height-adjustable driver's seat, a 4 x 20W DAB tuner with steering-column mounted fingertip controls, Bluetooth, AUX input, USB connection for MP3 players and front fog lights, as well as 16-inch 'Matterhorn' steel wheels. These 16-inch 'Matterhorn' steel wheels are replaced in the Ambiance Prime trim level with standard 16-inch 'Everest' alloy wheels.
Ambiance Prime trim level adds the exclusive Chestnut body color for the 2017 Dacia Duster. Affordable luxury is the chosen theme for the Lauréate trim level, as it includes standard equipment like electric front and rear windows, leather steering wheel, ’Graphite’ cloth upholstery, heated and electrically adjustable door mirrors and on-board computer manual air conditioning, as well as 16-inch 'Tyrol' alloy wheels.