Dacia has confirmed that customers can pre-order their Duster SUV online for as low as a £100 deposit, in only 75 days time. The confirmation follows after news from 25 days ago that the company will start its pre-launch campaign in the United Kingdom on June 28, with the release of specifications and pricing details for the Duster.
Basing only the interests depicted online, early indications for the brand's potential success in the UK are more than a little promising, making it the envy of many car brands. In only less than a month since the company confirmed a sub-£10,000 beginning price for the SUV, thousands of potential customers have registered to receive news updates from dacia.co.uk regularly.
With the number of interested individuals increasing, early indications suggest the new 'smart choice' brand is prepared to take the United Kingdom by storm, just like what it accomplished in the European region.
With demand anticipated to be high, potential owners of the Dacia are encouraged to secure priority delivery of their selected unit by placing a pre-order through debit or credit card on the Dacia website beginning June 28, 2012.
Customers will also be encouraged to create their preferred Duster through an online configurator prior to the selection of a supplying Dacia Dealer to submit their order. In addition, the manufacturers' recommended retail prices will be guaranteed over the pre-ordering stage, to December 2012. Deliveries will commence beginning January 2013.
For the new Dacia Duster, the brand wanted a vehicle that was easy to drive by everyone and not just for those who are accustomed to all-terrain driving. Unladed weight is guaranteed to be low with the 4x2 weighing 1,180 kg and the 4x4 at 1,280. Combined with the compact proportions, this means the Dacia Duster is able to deliver more agile handling.
For the 4x4 variant in particular, the intuitiveness and distinct control, thanks to Nissan, have been placed at the center console’s foot. Thus, drivers are able to immediately adapt the configuration of the transmission that they need.
There are a total of three modes that drivers can choose. Under the AUTO mode for example, the torque split on the front and the rear is instantly computed based on the current amount of grip. Through this system, traction is optimized no matter how much grip is present. Thus this allows the Duster to get that real 4x4 ability. Note that in normal situations, the torque is typically transmitted only on the front wheels.
Thus, if grip is at a high level or traction is suddenly lost, some of the torque that is generated is channeled to the axle in the rear. Under extreme situations, the torque is evenly divided on the front and the rear axle.
This is made possible by the electromagnetic torque converter, which is also supplied by none other than Nissan. Indeed, the Dacia Duster was created to make sure it can take on any track or road, anywhere in the world. The undercarriage has been strengthened to make it fit for all-terrain or dirt roads and this is due to the high ground clearance of at least 200 mm.
Helping as well is the excellent clearance angle with approach angle measured at 30 degrees while departure angle is at least 35 degrees. Because of the different needs, the brand made sure that it will be available in a 4x2 version. Meanwhile, a 4x4 version is available for off-road driving. The 4x2 variant is aimed at those who prefer a high driving position and excellent ground clearance but do not want a four-wheel drive.