THE popular Dacia Duster benefits from a package of styling and trim upgrades for 2015, but with no increase in price.
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 4x4 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 4x2 versions and remains standard on 4x4 models.