The new Dacia Duster Commercial means business
Budget motor manufacturer Dacia has announced the introduction of a new budget light commercial vehicle – a variant of the popular Duster SUV that does away with rear seats in favour of a 1,600 litre load bay, and a payload capacity of 503kg.
The conversion takes place at Dacia’s factory, with a 1,792mm long and 1,247mm wide flat wooden load floor covered with a hard-wearing surface replacing the back seats.
A full-length removable load cover keeps the cargo bay’s contents shielded from prying eyes, aided by the opaque film applied to the fixed rear windows.
The Duster Commercial is aimed at tradespeople, farmers, and utility companies and options include a four-wheel-drive model for go-anywhere capability.
The Duster Commercial is powered by a range of petrol and diesel engines.
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 (WLTP).
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 (WLTP).
Completing the petrol line-up is the TCe 150, coupled exclusively with Dacia’s six-speed dual-clutch EDC transmission. Despite its impressive 0-62mph acceleration time of just 9.7 seconds and its 124mph top speed, the TCe 150 still returns the same 45.6mpg (WLTP) economy as its petrol-powered siblings.
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. The Blue dCi 115 4×2 offers impressive fuel economy of 57.6mpg (WLTP) and low CO2 emissions of just 127g/km, while the 4×4 version emits 139g/km and achieves a creditable 53.3mpg (WLTP) on the combined cycle.
Customers can expect two trim levels – Essential and Comfort – both of which offer the same equipment as the Duster SUV, including a new 8-inch touchscreen boasting Dacia’s Media Display infotainment system complete with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Prices start at £12,795 + VAT.