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Dacia Duster sees tweaked styling and larger LPG tank on Bi-Fuel variant

Published 23 June 2021

The Dacia Duster has seen some subtle, mid-life restyling to bring it in line with the new Sandero, as well as well as more tech. The revised model will hit UK forecourts later this summer, with a predicted starting price of £12,000.

New exterior features inclide Y-shaped headlights and a chrome grille, while more efficient LED front indicators have been fitted for the first time.

Standard equipment includes automatic main beam activation, cruise control and speed limiter. Owners of high-spec Dusters will get automatic climate control and heated front seats, too.

The new Duster also offers two multimedia systems with a new 8-inch touchscreen, plus all-new upholstery and headrests. The Media Display system adds a six-speaker stereo, DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity, voice recognition, a pair of USB sockets and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto — while Media Nav-equipped cars get an integrated sat-nav system and wireless smartphone connectivity.

Dacia Duster 2021 Inside

The updated model is available in petrol, diesel and petrol-LPG guises. There’s a choice of the 1.0-litre three-cylinder TCe 90 and 1.3-litre four-cylinder TCe 130 petrol units — both paired to front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual gearbox.

The range-topping TCe 150, which shares the same 1.3-litre unit as the TCe 130, is also front-wheel drive, but is only available with a new six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

Diesel buyers get the option of a 1.5-litre four-cylinder dCi 115 (six-speed manual gearbox only) with two-wheel-drive or four-wheel drive. Dacia will also continue to offer the car as an LPG-compatible version, badged TCe 100 Bi-Fuel, powered by a 1.0-litre turbocharged dual-fuel powertrain. The Bi-Fuel TCe 100 comes with two-wheel drive and a six-speed manual gearbox.

The set-up now comes with a larger gas tank than before, with the carmaker saying it’s been increased by 50 per cent, or 49.8 litres.

The MG ZS rival will go on sale later this summer and, although we’ve yet to see trim or pricing details, we expect a price tag of about £12,000.

DACIA DUSTER 2021 REAR

Comments

hissingsid    on 24 June 2021

At last an automatic, even if it is only a dual clutch system.
I will be tempted to buy one, but only if the transmission proves to be more reliable than Ford's failed Powershift and VAG's failed DSG.

groaver    on 27 June 2021

At last an automatic, even if it is only a dual clutch system. I will be tempted to buy one, but only if the transmission proves to be more reliable than Ford's failed Powershift and VAG's failed DSG.

Contrary to your belief that the VAG groups DSG has "failed", there are many many more cars running around with it reliably now than those that had issues or failed.

The wet clutch version has few reported issues.

hissingsid    on 29 June 2021

Ah yes, VAG. I forgot to mention the emissions scandal.

groaver    on 29 June 2021

Ah yes, VAG. I forgot to mention the emissions scandal.

Which in relation to this article has no relevance.

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