Dacia, the new Romanian, Renault-owned brand that’s turning heads (and profits?), will launch its new Duster SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle) at Goodwood this weekend. The car is expected to hit showrooms in January 2013.
Competing with cars like the Nissan Juke, the 2WD Duster will cost an impressive £8,995, some £1,000 cheaper than the likes of the Kia Picanto. It’s impressive value for a car that was on the European Car of the Year shortlist.
Where does it make the savings? The Duster will house a modest 1.6-litre petrol engine, producing 105bhp, and the interior is by no means Aston Martin class. That said, the Duster is quite spacious – three across the back and a sizeable boot. If you’re looking for more driving bells and whistles, the 4WD petrol version will costs £10,995, compared that to Nissan Juke’s £20.295.
There are three trims, the puzzlingly named Access, Ambiance and Laureate – obviously a bi-product of one too many brain-storming meetings. The latter two are available in 2 or 4WD and petrol or a 1.5 110hp diesel. Optional extras include ASR (Anti Slip Regulation) traction control/ESC (Electronic Stability Control) and metallic paint.