2015 Dacia Duster’s variety of cosmetic updates include new grille design, touched-up headlamps, roof rails and five new metallic body colours on exterior (Pearl Black, Slate Grey, Mercury, Khaki and Cinnamon), while rest of goodies can be seen inside. Base variant Duster Access gets remote locking, Thatcham-approved engine immobiliser, front power windows, ABS with Emergency Brake Assist, Electronic Stability and Traction Control, Tyre Pressure Monitoring system, four Airbags, ECO driving mode & gearshift indicator, and four-speed HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system.
Mid level Duster Ambiance trim receives satin chrome door handles, chrome gear lever emblishment, chrome instrument console surround, radio/CD player with AUX, USB sockets & Bluetooth connectivity, front fog lamps, height-adjustable driver seat and 60:40 split rear seat.
High end Dacia Duster Lauréate variant features piano black interior door handles, door and steering wheel inserts, centre console trims, leather wrap on steering wheel, manual air conditioning, electrically adjustable outside mirrors, rear power windows, glovebox light, vanity mirror for front passenger, map pockets on front seat backs, cruise control with speed limiter and seven-function trip computer.
2015 Dacia Duster for UK continues with same pattern of two and four wheel drive versions based on two engines. Duster Access is driven by 1.6 litre 16 valve petrol engine producing 105 PS max. power, while Duster Ambiance and Lauréate variants are propelled by 1.5 litre dCi 110 turbo diesel mill generating 107 PS for 4×2 and 109 PS for 4×4 configurations. 4WD version features centre differential lock with 2WD, Auto and Lock modes.
Price of 2015 Dacia Duster start at less than £9,500 (Rs. 9.46 lakhs) for 4×2 Access model and under £11,500 (Rs. 11.46 lakhs) for 4WD version.
MORE POLISH (BUT NO PRICE INCREASE) FOR THE NEW DUSTER
• Styling and trim upgrades with no increase in prices
• The UK’s most affordable SUV
• New grilles, roof bars, upholstery and tailgate trim across the range
• New metallic colour options for top two trim grades
• Two engines, three trim levels and two- or four-wheel drive
• Range pricing starts at “shockingly affordable” £9,495
The ever-popular Dacia Duster benefits from a package of styling and trim upgrades for the 2015 Model Year, but with no increase in the brand’s no-nonsense, “shockingly affordable” pricing.
The line-up continues to consist of two- and four-wheel-drive models based on three trim levels and two engines. The entry-level Access is powered by a 105 hp 1.6-litre 16-valve petrol engine, while the mid-range Ambiance and top-grade Lauréate versions have a 107 hp (109 hp on 4×4 versions) 1.5-litre dCi 110 turbodiesel power unit. Prices start at less than £9,500 for the two-wheel-drive Access model and under £11,500 for the four-wheel-drive version.
New for 2015 is a more stylish chrome front grille made up of two layers of four small intakes surrounding the Dacia logo. All versions now have ‘Duster’ branded roof bars – chromed on Lauréate models. At the rear, a black tailgate trim with ‘Duster’ branding sits above the number plate. Lauréate versions have smart new Tyrol 16-inch alloy wheels, body-coloured door handles and dark metal door mirror casings. Five new metallic colours – Mercury, Khaki, Pearl Black, Slate Grey and Cinnamon – replace the previous choices as alternatives to solid Glacier White on the Ambiance and Lauréate.
There is new upholstery and seats for every model. Access versions are finished in Hassium cloth, Ambiance in Osmium cloth and Lauréate in Rhodium cloth with ‘Duster’ lettering. An Emergency Spare Wheel now becomes a £150 option on all 4×2 versions and remains standard on 4×4 models.
The range structure is the same as before. Highlights on Access models are 16-inch Eiger steel wheels, remote locking, a Thatcham-approved engine immobiliser, electric front windows, anti-lock brakes with Emergency Brake Assist, Electronic Stability Control and Traction Control, a Tyre Pressure Monitor, four airbags, an ECO driving mode and gearshift indicator and a four-speed heating and ventilation system. Body-coloured bumpers, black door handles and Duster-branded roof bars and bumpers are all standard. Glacier White is the sole colour. The 4×4 version has a centre differential lock with 2WD, Auto and Lock modes.
Ambiance versions add Matterhorn 16-inch steel wheels, satin chrome door handles, a chrome gearlever insert and instrument surrounds, a radio/CD player with AUX and USB sockets and Bluetooth, front foglights, a height-adjustable driver’s seat and a 60:40 split rear seat.
Topping the range are the Lauréate models with 16-inch Tyrol alloys, manual air conditioning, electric mirrors and rear windows, cruise control with a speed limiter, a seven-function trip computer, a glovebox light, a passenger vanity mirror and body coloured door handles, satin chrome Duster-branded roof bars, scuff plates and side sills. Also standard are piano black interior door handles, door and steering wheel inserts and centre console surround, a leather-covered steering wheel and map pockets in the front seat backs.
Dacia has been Europe’s fastest-growing automotive brand for eight years in a row. The Duster is the most affordable SUV on the UK market – and has been since it came to the UK in mid-2012. Production of Right Hand Drive UK-bound Dusters was originally at the Chennai plant in India and, with the advent of New Duster, has moved closer to its British end customers to Dacia’s home plant of Pitesti in Romania.
The model has claimed a stack of awards in the UK, Europe and India and has established an immensely loyal following, not least because of pricing and specification which is more in tune with that for a car from the class below.
The Duster is covered by Dacia’s standard three-year/60,000 mile mechanical warranty plus two-year paint and six-year anti-corrosion guarantees.
(hp @ rpm) Torque
(Nm @ rpm) 0-62mph (sec) Top speed (mph)
Access 1.6 16V 105 4×2 105 @ 5750 148 @ 3750 11.5 104
Access 1.6 16V 105 4×4 105 @ 5750 148 @ 3750 12.8 99
Ambiance dCi 110 4×2 107 @ 4000 240 @ 1750 11.8 106
Ambiance dCi 110 4×4 109 @ 4000 240 @ 1750 12.5 104
Lauréate dCi 110 4×2 107 @ 4000 240 @ 1750 11.8 106
Lauréate dCi 110 4×4 109 @ 4000 240 @ 1750 12.5 104
Model MPG CO2 (g/km) BIK (band %) VED (band) Insurance group
Access 1.6 16V 105 4×2 39.8 165 26% G 6E
Access 1.6 16V 105 4×4 35.3 185 30% I 5E
Ambiance dCi 110 4×2 56.5 130 22% D 10A
Ambiance dCi 110 4×4 53.3 135 23% E 10A
Lauréate dCi 110 4×2 56.5 130 22% D 11A
Lauréate dCi 110 4×4 53.3 135 23% E 10A
Model Price (On The Road)
Access 1.6 16V 105 4×2 £9,495
Access 1.6 16V 105 4×4 £11,495
Ambiance dCi 110 4×2 £11,995
Ambiance dCi 110 4×4 £13,995
Lauréate dCi 110 4×2 £13,495
Lauréate dCi 110 4×4 £15,495
• MediaNav – £300. Available on Lauréate
• Adventurer Pack – £445. Available on Access, Ambiance, Lauréate
• Leather Pack – £995. Available on Ambiance, Lauréate
• Protection Pack – £595. Available on Access, Ambiance, Lauréate
• Styling Pack – £655. Available on Access, Ambiance, Lauréate
• Touring Pack – £555. Available on Access, Ambiance, Lauréate