Dacia has announced the introduction of a new Duster Commercial - with prices starting at just £12,795 excluding VAT and with lease prices likely to be just as generous.
Based on the traditional Duster SUV, it’s available in a host of different guises - including as an all-wheel-drive vehicle - and the manufacturer proudly says it’s the most affordable 4x4 light commercial vehicle in the UK.
The conversion sees the recently updated Duster’s rear seats and seatbelts removed and replaced with flat load floor. You also get a mesh bulkhead, load cover, opaque window film, and security alarm.
And because it offers 1,623 litres of load space and up to 503kg payload capacity, it should be a versatile workhorse for lots of different business lease customers, particularly those looking for affordable fleet vehicles.
The absence of a load sill makes accessing the space easy and there’s a bay length of 1,792mm and a load width of 1,247mm.
The floor-to-ceiling height on the two-wheel-drive models is a generous 917mm, which means bulky items can be easily transported, too.
To keep things nice and simple, there are just two trim levels - Essential and Comfort.
As standard, the Duster Commercial Essential gets LED daytime running lights, body-coloured front and rear bumpers, black roof bars with ‘Duster’ inscription, 16-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, electric front windows, cruise control with speed limiter, seven-function on-board computer, height- and reach-adjustable steering wheel with backlit controls, DAB radio with Bluetooth connectivity and a USB connection.
The swankier Comfort spec adds 16-inch alloys, black-painted door mirrors, body-colour door handles, chrome front grille, front fog lights, heated and electrically adjustable door mirrors, rear-view camera with parking sensors, hill descent control, and a centre differential lock on 4x4 models. The interior, meanwhile, gains upgraded Comfort upholstery, black door sill protection strips, soft-feel steering wheel, centre console with driver’s armrest, height-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar adjustment, and Dacia’s Media Display infotainment system with 8-inch touchscreen, smartphone replication with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and two USB ports.
When it comes to engine choice, there are petrol and diesel options with power outputs from 90hp to 150hp, across the two- or four-wheel-drive configurations. A six-speed manual transmission is fitted as standard, while Dacia’s six-speed dual-clutch EDC transmission is available exclusively with the TCe 150.
The petrol range starts with the turbocharged three-cylinder 1.0-litre TCe 90, delivering 90hp and 160Nm of torque at 2,750rpm, with combined cycle economy of up to 45.6mpg.
The more powerful 1.3-litre four-cylinder TCe 130 offers 130hp and a useful 240Nm of torque from just 1,600rpm, while matching the smaller unit’s official fuel economy figure of 45.6mpg.
Completing the petrol line-up is the TCe 150, coupled exclusively with Dacia’s six-speed dual-clutch EDC transmission. It gets a 0-62mph acceleration time of 9.7 seconds and it’ll also return 45.6mpg.
The 1.5-litre Blue dCi diesel engine develops 115hp and 260Nm of torque at 2,000rpm, and is available with the choice of either two-or four-wheel-drive. It’ll also return 53.3mpg when married to the two-wheel drive system.
A Dacia spokesperson adds:
“The New Duster Commercial is powered by a range of punchy yet efficient petrol and diesel engines, complete with the option of Dacia’s dual-clutch EDC automatic transmission. For the more adventurous tradesperson, farmer, or utility company that needs to access remote areas, a four-wheel-drive model offers genuine go-anywhere capability.”
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