Having made its global debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, the all-new Duster goes on sale in the UK from 11th June. Dacia says the new Duster has been improved and refined in almost every area but is as versatile as ever. A totally revised interior features new technologies never before seen on the Dacia range. The all-new Duster is priced from £9,995 with UK deliveries beginning from July, although diesel models start at £13,595.
The exterior styling is brand-new and no body panels are carried over from the previous generation car. New 17-inch wheels with black wing arch trims are designed to give the car a more assertive personality, and a new lighting signature, including LED daytime running lights divided into three sections and Dacia’s rear lighting signature – four red stacked squares – has been adapted for the new Duster. There is a higher belt line, and the windscreen has been brought forward 100mm and is more steeply raked.
The dashboard and interior have been totally revised. The centre console accommodates a higher-positioned (+74 mm), driver-focused MediaNav multimedia touchscreen display for clear, easy access.
The seats have been redesigned with denser foam for improved comfort and support. The front seat cushions are 20mm longer and the driver’s seat comes with an armrest, lumbar adjustment and a new height-adjustment system which travels through 60 mm (compared with 40 mm previously).
Dacia says cabin noise has been halved by increasing the percentage of sound-absorbing surfaces in the cabin and engine compartment from 20 to 50 per cent, reducing noise thanks to improved sealants and plugs and using 0.35mm-thicker glass for the front windows. The car is now fitted with larger-diameter 165 mm bicone speakers for enhanced audio quality.
Storage capacity in the cabin has been increased by 20 per cent to a total of 28.6 litres. The All-New Duster has the same boot capacity as its predecessor: 445 litres for the 2WD version and 376 litres for the 4WD version.
On the highest trim level new Duster is now available with keyless entry – technology which has been tried and tested throughout Groupe Renault for several years. This system automatically opens all the doors as the driver gets close to the car and provides remote locking (accompanied by audible confirmation) as they walk away. The driver does not need to take their key out to start the vehicle thanks to the new start/stop button.
Climate control is now available for the first time and the cabin features three rotary controls for this matching the three air vents located at the top of the dashboard.
The new Duster is also available with Blind Spot Warning. Four ultrasound sensors located on either side of the vehicle both front and rear detect any other vehicles, including motorcycles and trucks, coming from the rear or the side. A warning light flashes in the door mirror housing if any danger is detected and the new car is now safer thanks to its reinforced vehicle frame, new seat frames, curtain airbags and automatic headlight activation .
The new Duster offers dimensions close to those of its predecessor:
- 4.3 metres long and 1.8 metres wide
- High ground clearance (210 mm)
- Approach and departure angles of 30 and 33 degrees respectively
- Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist make driving easier on sloping terrain
- For off-road enthusiasts, the 4X4 monitor incorporates a compass and notifies the driver of the vehicle’s angle in real time
The car features a multi-view camera which incorporates four cameras (one at the front, one on either side and one at the rear). The system allows the driver to view the area around the vehicle when using the vehicle off road. It is also useful to help with parking and is activated automatically when reverse gear is engaged.
There are four trim levels to choose from; Access, Essential, Comfort and Prestige. Core features across the All-New Duster range include LED daytime running lights, height-adjustable front headrests and seat belts, ECO mode and Stop and Start, gearshift indicator, a Thatcham-approved engine immobiliser, automatic door lock, ABS and Emergency Brake Assist, ESC/ASR (Electronic Stability Control and Traction Control), new full length curtain airbags and ISOFIX points in the rear.
Access trim, available also features 16-inch steel wheels and electric front windows. Essential trim adds 16-inch ‘Fidji’ steel wheels, body coloured front and rear bumpers, manual air conditioning, heat adjustable driver’s seat, DAB radio with steering-column mounted controls and Bluetooth connectivity.
Comfort trim adds new 16-inch ‘Cyclade’ alloy wheels, front-seat armrest, leather steering wheel, graphite cloth upholstery, rear parking camera and sensors, electric front and rear windows, heated and electrically adjustable door mirrors, MediaNav 7-inch touchscreen multimedia system (Satellite navigation, USB and AUX connection points) and a 7-function on-board computer, all as standard.
The top-of-the-range Prestige version adds more luxuries with brand new 17-inch ‘Diamond-cut’ alloy wheels, multi-view camera, blind spot warning, climate control and keyless entry.
The new Duster comes with a choice of one petrol and one diesel engine at launch. The SCe 115 (2WD and 4WD versions) and the Blue dCi 115 (2WD) which both use a manual gearbox.
All-New Duster Ownership Information & Pricing
|VED (Year 1)||Ins. group||Price|
|Access SCe 115 4×2||43.5||149||30||£205||9||£9,995|
|Essential SCe 115 4×2||43.5||149||28||£205||10||£11,595|
|Essential SCe 115 4×4||40.7||158||30||£515||9||£13,595|
|Essential Blue dCi 115 4×2||64.2||115||25||£205||13||£13,595|
|Comfort SCe 115 4×2||43.5||149||28||£205||9||£13,195|
|Comfort SCe 115 4×4||40.7||158||30||£515||11||£15,195|
|Comfort Blue dCi 115 4×2||64.2||115||25||£205||14||£15,195|
|Prestige SCe 115 4×2||43.5||149||28||£205||11||£14,395|
|Prestige SCe 115 4×4||40.7||158||30||£515||9||£16,395|
|Prestige Blue dCi 115 4×2||64.2||115||25||£205||14||£16,395|