Updated Dacia Duster gets styling refresh and extra tech

Dacia’s great-value Duster SUV has been given a facelift for 2021

  • Subtle styling tweaks 
  • Refreshed interior with new infotainment system 
  • On sale this summer 

This is the facelifted Dacia Duster SUV. Set to arrive in dealerships later this year, it features a styling refresh and boasts some new in-car technology, including a new eight-inch infotainment screen. 

The Romanian brand is yet to confirm prices and specs for the new Duster but Dacia will want the new model to remain competitive with rivals such as the MG ZS, so expect a starting price of around £11,500. 

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Styling 

Although changes to the Duster’s exterior aren’t drastic, you’ll be able to tell it apart from its predecessor by a new radiator grille and rear spoiler. It also carries over the Y-shaped LED daytime running lights found on the new Sandero and sits on redesigned alloy wheels, available in 16 or 17-inch sizes. 

According to Dacia, the tweaks to the Duster’s body make it slightly more aerodynamic. Along with new tyres to help improve efficiency, the new SUV emits almost 6g/km less in CO2 over the outgoing model in four-wheel drive guise.

Interior and specifications 

The Duster’s interior redesign is more noticeable. It introduces a new centre console, comprising a pair of USB sockets and a retractable armrest with a 1.1-litre storage compartment. The seats are also trimmed in new upholstery and feature slimmer headrests to allow for better visibility. 

Dacia is also promoting more standard equipment across all variants, with the entire range featuring a speed limiter, automatic beam activation and a trip computer display. Extras such as automatic climate control, heated front seats, keyless entry and cruise control will also be available as options or standard on higher variants. 

One of the key upgrades inside the cabin is the new eight-inch infotainment system, which Dacia is giving customers the option to spec with two multimedia options: Media Display and Media Nav.

Media Display includes a six-speaker stereo, DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity, two USB ports, and wired smartphone Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. 

Media Nav, meanwhile, adds onboard navigation and wireless connectivity for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. On the four-wheel-drive models, the 4x4 Monitor also displays an altimeter, inclinometer and compass information via the dashboard display. 

Engines and performance 

There are minor updates to the Dacia’s engine lineup. The range starts with the brand’s 89bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder TCe 90 petrol engine, which is followed by the 128bhp 1.3-litre four-cylinder TCe 130. The two come with front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual gearbox as standard. 

The range-topping TCe 150 model is a 148bhp version of the same 1.3-lite petrol engine that features in the TCe 130. While also front-wheel drive, it’s only available with Dacia’s new six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

Dacia is still offering a diesel option: a 113bhp 1.5-litre four-cylinder dCi 115. The diesel engine is matched to a six-speed manual gearbox by default but buyers can choose whether they want front or four-wheel drive. 

Dacia has also confirmed it will continue to offer the Duster as a Bi-Fuel car, which means it can run on LPG or petrol. The setup is based on the entry-level 1.0-litre petrol engine with front-wheel drive and a manual gearbox but produces slightly more power at 99bhp. The difference, however, is that the Duster will now be fitted with a larger gas tank and, when fuelled with petrol and LPG, boasts a range of more than 760 miles. 

Read our review of the outgoing Dacia Duster or find out more about the brand’s forthcoming Bigster SUV.

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