Dacia updates the Duster
Jun 23, 2016
The Dacia Duster is getting its mid-life update this month. The big news is that it's becoming more expensive. The better news is that the price rise is only €300.
You'll spot the updated Duster from its new grille and headlamps, and there's a new optional paint finish - Altai Green metallic.
Inside, there's higher quality plastic on the dash, some new chrome trim and a DAB radio as standard, as well as revised seat trim.
There's also a new top-spec version called Prestige, which will sit above the existing Signature trim. It includes 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, MediaNav Evolution multimedia system and rear parking camera, which includes parking sensors. Through the seven-inch multi-media touch-screen users have access to navigation, infotainment and hands-free telephone services; can stream music via Bluetooth or a USB or aux-in connection, and can connect to social networks via a smartphone. While the cheapest Duster is still less than €17k (€16,690 to be precise) the high-spec Prestige is just under €20k at €19,890. Adding four-wheel drive as an option pushes the Prestige to just over €20k, at €21,890.
As an option, you can also have part-leather upholstery.
UK Dusters will get the option of a 125hp 1.2-litre turbocharged engine with 138g/km CO2 emissions, but sadly that's not being offered in Ireland as yet, although we will get the option of an EDC automatic dual-clutch gearbox for our all-diesel line-up later in the year.
Patrick Magee, Country Operations Manager, Dacia Ireland said that: "it's a great testament to the Dacia brand that in four short years, almost 11,000 Irish motorists have chosen to drive one of our shockingly affordable cars. Duster has been a great seller since day one and its popularity is still on the increase, and selling well ahead of other well established car brands. New Duster Phase 2 gives even more bang for your buck, and with the new Prestige higher trim level, Duster continues to give buyers the chance to own a more distinctive, car while remaining faithful to Dacia's exceptional 'shockingly affordable' value-for-money ethos."
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