The Duster SUV from Romanian manufacturer Dacia has been a much anticipated model, since it’s the most affordable vehicle in its segment in the United Kingdom. And now it’s also one of the greens, thanks to the latest batch of upgrades.
The automaker, owned by France’s Renault, has introduced for the Great Britain market a brand new 1.6-liter Euro 6-compliant petrol engine and the brand claims it’s not just “simply an EU6 version of the petrol engine previously fitted to the Duster.” Instead the naturally aspirated powerplant has gained 10 PS from the previous version and reaches a total of 115 PS (85 kW). It also comes with an extra 8 Nm (6 lb-ft) of torque for a tally of 156 Nm (116 lb-ft). The new engine is priced from 9,495 pounds – in the Access trim with 4×2 transmission.
Opting for the all-wheel drive or any other trim level will jump over the attractive tag of being under 10,000 pounds. The new engine also brings a performance enhancement – the 0 to 62 mph will be negotiated in 11 seconds and 12 seconds (4×2 and 4×4, respectively), down 0.5 seconds and 0.8 seconds, respectively. The Duster also gains as a standard feature the engine start/stop system and thanks to better fuel efficiency the emission drop by up to 30 g/km to 155 g/km (4×4) and 145 g/km (4×2).
The rest of the Dacia range in the UK – Sandero, Logan MCV and Sandero Stepway has also received timely technical upgrades, thanks mainly to the addition of the EU6 compliant engines. The entry-level engine – 1.2-litre 16V 75 – will have lower taxes, while the 0.9-litre TCe 90 engine available for all three gains the start/stop system. The highly popular 1.5 dCi 90 diesel engine has also made the switch to the EU6 standard and is ever more efficient, also lowering emissions further down below the 100 g/km threshold.