Diesel 4x4 for new Da­cia Duster

Glamorgan Gazette - - Motors Wales - CHRIS RUSSON news­[email protected]­line.co.uk

BUD­GET brand Da­cia is ex­pand­ing its Duster SUV line up with the in­tro­duc­tion of diesel 4x4 mod­els to the range.

Priced from £15,695 the new Blue dCi 115 vari­ant sits close to the top of the Duster line up which, cost­ing from £9,995 is the cheap­est SUV of its kind.

The new diesel meets the lat­est emis­sion stan­dards and is avail­able with a man­ual gear­box across all three Duster trim lev­els, top­ping out at £18,695 for a high spec­i­fi­ca­tion Pres­tige ver­sion.

Un­der the new WLTP fuel economy test­ing regime the dCi 115 en­gine is rated at 60.1mpg with emis­sions of 123g/km.

It joins the two-wheel-drive diesel which uses the same 1.5-litre en­gine and the Duster petrol mod­els which are avail­able with both 4x2 and 4x4 set ups.

Per­for­mance data for the new diesel is 0 to 60 ac­cel­er­a­tion in 12.4 sec­onds and a top speed of 104mph.

In its cheap­est guise in Es­sen­tial trim the Blue dCi 4x4 Duster fea­tures 16-inch steel wheels, man­ual air con­di­tion­ing, a DAB ra­dio with steer­ing-column mounted con­trols and Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity.

Mid-range Com­fort spec­i­fi­ca­tion costs from £17,395 and in­cludes al­loy wheels, up­graded up­hol­stery and trim, park­ing sen­sors and a rear view cam­era and a sat nav sys­tem op­er­ated via a seven-inch touchc­screen.

The top range Pres­tige mod­els have 17-inch al­loys, a, multi-view cam­era sys­tem, blind spot warn­ing, climate con­trol and key­less en­try.

The new Duster line up – which was launched in the sum­mer – has the same off-road cre­den­tials as the pre­vi­ous model with a ground clear­ance of more than eight inches and ap­proach and de­par­ture an­gles of 30 and 33 de­grees.

As well as hill de­scent con­trol and a hill start as­sist func­tion, the 4x4 mod­els also have a spe­cific mon­i­tor dis­play that in­cor­po­rates a com­pass and no­ti­fies the driver of the ve­hi­cle’s an­gle when ne­go­ti­at­ing harsh con­di­tions.

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