The 2016 Dacia Duster AMT has been unveiled ahead of its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week. The transmission which is termed as Easy-R has been borrowed from is siblings, the Logan and Sandero.
The Duster AT will be available with the 0.9-litre TCe90 turbo petrol engine which is capable of 90 PS and 140 Nm of torque. The new powertrain combo is claimed to deliver a fuel efficiency of 20.4 kmpl (4.9 litres per 100 km).
Like a typical AMT, Easy-R transmission employs electromechanical actuators which automate the clutching and gear shift process with commands coming from the car’s ECU. The transmission offers both Drive and Manual models like a conventional automatic transmission. Since the AMT retains the basic construction and principle of a manual transmission, it manages to have significant advantages over an autobox in efficiency and cost departments.
Dacia has also upgraded the 2016 Duster’s engine lineup to meet Euro 6 emission standards. Now, all the variants receive standard start stop system and brake energy regeneration.
Cosmetic enhancements include new 16-inch alloy wheels with black diamond finish, new Altai Green exterior color and two interior color themes (Silicon Black in lower variants and Federer Grey in higher variants).
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Meanwhile, Renault is currently testing a facelifted version of the Duster in India which is likely to debut in the festive season later this year.