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Dacia offers a fresh load of Duster

Latest Duster Commercial model is available to order now, with first deliveries expected in December

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Dacia has announced the latest Duster Commercial model, which is available to order now with first deliveries expected in December.

Based on the passenger model, the conversion to a van is carried out at the Dacia factory. The rear seats are replaced with a flat wooden load floor finished with a wear resistant surface. Driver and passenger are separated from the load by a full height mesh bulkhead. Lashing eyes are provided to secure the load. The result is up to 1.6m3 of load space and gross payload capacity (including 75kg driver) of between 396kg and 428kg.

Dacia has applied opaque film to the rear windows and will also provide a full-length removable load cover to keep loads from view. The load space measures up to 1,792mm long and 1,247mm wide with 977mm between the wheel arches. Load floor to roof measures 814mm for 4×4 models and 917mm for 4×2 models.

The Duster Commercial is powered by a range of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines. Petrol variants include one three cylinder one-litre 90hp, and two four-cylinder 1.3 litre engines with 130hp or 150hp, badged TCe 90, TCe 130 and TCe 150. All petrol models have recorded 45.6mpg on the WLTP combined cycle. TCe 150 models are only available with a six-speed dual-clutch automated transmission while TCE 90 and 130 models are equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox. Petrol models are only available with front-wheel-drive.

One 1.5-litre diesel offers 115hp combined with a six-speed manual transmission. 4×2 variants have recorded a WLTP combined cycle fuel consumption of 57.6mpg with 53.3mpg from 4×4 variants. All engines are Euro-6D compliant and equipped with automatic stop and start.

Externally, New Duster’s design includes flared wheel arches with skid plates front and rear. There are new alloy wheel designs and a choice of seven paintwork colours.

Two trim levels, Essential and Comfort are available. Y-shaped LED running lights are standard across the range. Essential equipment includes body-coloured front and rear bumpers, black roof bars, 16-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, electric front windows, cruise control with speed limiter, on-board computer, height and reach adjustable steering wheel, DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity and USB connection.

Comfort specification includes 16-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors, rear-view camera with parking sensors, hill descent control and centre differential lock for 4×4 models. Interior equipment includes centre console with armrest, height adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar adjustment, eight-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple Car Play, plus two USB ports. A spare wheel is available with all models as an option.

Prices start from £12,795 (ex-VAT) for the Essential TCe 90 4×2 model, with diesel prices starting from £14,345 (ex-VAT) for the Essential Blue dCi 115 4×2 variant. Comfort variant prices start from £14,045 for petrol models and £15,645 for diesels.

John Kendall
John Kendall
Began working for a motor industry consultancy in 1988 before moving into automotive journalism in 1990. Freelance since 2001. Chairman of the UK-based Guild of Motoring Writers in 2006-7.

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