Dacia Duster now available with new generation Blue dCi 115 engine in 4x4 drivetrain
UK customers can buy the new powertrain starting from £15,695
Dacia introduces its new-generation diesel engine to the all-new Duster range, but the SUV still is the most affordable in the UK
Until today, the Blue dCi 115 engine was available only in the 4x2 configuration. Now, the same engine is available for the 4x4 drivetrain, as Dacia tries to keep its market share amid falling diesel sales.
The new diesel engine has a selective catalytic reduction system (SCR) with AdBlue, as well as a new Air-Water exchanger, a higher injection pressure (2,000 bars) and new gearbox ratios.
As a result, pollution stats improved: the Blue dCi 115 4x4 engine has a CO2 output of 123g/km and achieves 60.1mpg (WLTP) with 260 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm. The new engine is available with a manual transmission across three trim levels; Essential, Comfort and Prestige.
In Essential trim, the Blue dCi 4x4 engine is available from £15,695 and features 16-inch 'Fidji' steel wheels, body-colour front and rear bumpers, manual air conditioning, heat adjustable driver’s seat, DAB radio with steering-column mounted controls and Bluetooth connectivity.
The Comfort trim, available from £17,395, adds 16-inch ‘Cyclade’ alloy wheels, front-seat armrest, leather steering wheel, graphite cloth upholstery, rear parking camera and sensors, electric front and rear windows, heated and electrically adjustable door mirrors, MediaNav 7" touchscreen multimedia system (Satellite navigation, USB and AUX connection points) and a 7-function on-board computer, all as standard.
In top-of-the-range Prestige specification, the Blue dCi 4x4 is available from £18,695 and adds even more features with brand new 17-inch ‘Diamond-cut’ alloy wheels, multi-view camera, blind spot warning, climate control and keyless entry.
A no-frills car, the new generation Duster keeps the same off-roading credentials that helped make the previous model such a success with a high ground clearance of 210mm, approach and departure angles of 30 and 33 degrees, respectively, as well as Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist. Also standard on 4x4 versions is a monitor that incorporates a compass and notifies the driver of the vehicle’s angle in real time.
We tested the car in pretty rough conditions and came back with this review: