UK auto market Dacia Duster RHD at a price of £8,995: India has the right hand drive Renault Duster
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UK auto market Dacia Duster RHD at a price of £8,995: India has the right hand drive Renault Duster

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As the 2013 Dacia Duster gets ready for the UK market, a first glimpse of the family sized SUV was available when on display at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed ahead of its January 2013 availability. Dacia has been a hit in recent times due to its value for money approach. The base Duster will be fitted with a 104 bhp 1.6 liter petrol engine and will be a front wheel drive. This engine is also available with a four wheel drive. It diesel counterpart will possess a 1.5 liter engine with 106 bhp in front wheel drive and 108 bhp in all wheel drive.

Dacia Duster goes back a long way from the early 1980s. At that time Duster was boxy and clumsy and did not really appeal to customers with more attractive demands who then turned their attention to the Suzuki SJ range which had more of intrinsic appeal. Now the new 2013 Dacia Access trim version is priced at £8,995 and the company expects it to account for just 30% of their sales.

The new Duster will be available in a 104 bhp 1.6 liter petrol engine, front wheel drive and gets set to enter markets early next year. The top end Duster with Laureate trim will be priced at £14,995. This will be a 1.5 liter turbodiesel 4×4 Duster and is priced competitively on par with Ford Fiesta while other features such as space, comfort and performance will be comparable to Nissan Qashqai and Skoda Yeti. In Ireland, Dacia Duster SUV will be launched at around the same time for a price of €15k. In India, the compact 5 seater SUV is known as Renault Duster, and is available as a RWD within a price range of Rs 7.19 lakh to 11.29 lakh, and has seen immense sales demand in the 7 weeks since launch. Manufacturing of right hand drive Duster variants is being undertaken at Renault-Nissan’s Chennai plant in India and exported to Europe.