Updates for new 2017 Dacia Duster SUV announced
Revised Dacia Duster still the cheapest SUV on sale
Details of the revised Dacia Duster have been released ahead of its debut at this weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed
Updates include the addition of a new petrol engine, more standard equipment and a greater range of optional extras. The price of the entry-level Access model remains the same, starting at £9,495, ensuring it’s still the only SUV on sale for less than £10,000.
Ambiance and Ambiance Prime models start at £10,595 and £11,095 respectively, while the Laureate trim level is priced from £12,895. Step up to the all-new top-spec Prestige trim and you’ll have to fork out at least £13,795.
Dacia has included some styling updates for the 2017 Duster. The car gets squarer headlights, as well as a new front bumper and front grille to help mark it out from the outgoing model.
Alongside the current engine range – a 1.6-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel – there’s a new turbocharged 123bhp 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine. In two-wheel drive form, Dusters with this engine will return around 46mpg, which equates to CO2 emissions of 138g/km for a tax bill of £130 a year. Go for a four-wheel drive version and fuel economy drops to around 44mpg, while CO2 emissions rise to 145g/km, upping road tax to £145 a year.
In terms of equipment updates, DAB radio is now standard on all models from Ambience trim upwards, while all models get revised interior upholstery, new plastics on the dashboard, as well as ‘satin chrome’ interior trim pieces. Ambience models also get Bluetooth, USB connectivity, front fog lights and a height adjustable driver’s seat.
Ambience Prime trim adds 16-inch alloy wheels and the choice of an exclusive Chestnut paint colour. Go for Laureate spec and you get air-conditioning, electric windows all round, heated, electrically adjustable door mirrors, a leather steering wheel and an alternative 16-inch alloy wheel design.
At the top of the range, Dacia has introduced a new Prestige trim level. Equipment-wise, this includes another 16-inch alloy wheel desig and a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system that includes satellite navigation. This version also gets a reversing camera as standard. Dacia says this version represents a £250 saving over the Laureate version because it costs just £900 more than the lower-spec model with this equipment added as options.
For 2017, Dacia is also offering a greater range of optional extras with the Duster, which include 16-inch ‘Tyrol’ alloys, rear parking sensors and on Laureate trim, a reversing camera. You’ll also be able to specify part-leather upholstery as well as a new paint colour.
Orders for the revised Dacia Duster are being taken now, with prices starting at £9,495. First deliveries will begin in July.