Dacia’s new Duster brings sharper look and improved technology

Dacia’s popular Duster has undergone an update, introducing a revised look as well as more interior technology.

First introduced in 2013, the Duster has become a byword for low-cost, value-for-money motoring. A second-generation model was introduced in 2018 and now, there’s a revised version.

The exterior changes are hardly revolutionary, but new Y-shaped headlights have been fitted alongside a chrome grille and a new rear spoiler. Buyers can choose from a range of new 16- and 17-inch alloy wheel designs too, while a new Desert Orange shade has been added to the Duster’s paint colour choices.

The most noticeable changes, however, have occurred inside the Duster’s cabin. High-spec cars boast a new eight-inch infotainment system and it incorporates both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, too. A reshaped centre console now offers up 1.1 litres of storage and in the back, there are USB chargers for the rear-seat passengers to use.

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The Duster’s range of engine remains largely the same as before with petrol and diesels standing alongside a bi-fuel option that can use both petrol and LPG. Those people opting for a top-spec TCe 150 will now be able to choose a six-speed automatic gearbox too – the first time that an automatic model has been made available for the current Duster.

The 1.5-litre diesel engine-powered model can be accompanied by four-wheel-drive, too, alongside a range of off-road-orientated features on the touchscreen – displaying altitude, pitch angle and incline.

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