A new Duster Commercial from Dacia has been announced and draws on the brands ‘tough’ set of capabilities and whilst the majority will be 4×2’s there will also be a 4×4 version for off-road use, potentially adding to its appeal for a number commercial vehicle users.
Based on the passenger version of Dacia’s Duster SUV, the Light Commercial Vehicle version and carries over many of the passenger car specifications and trim levels. It is available in Essential and Comfort trim levels, engine options include two petrol and one Blue dCi diesel with the diesel version available with two- or four-wheel drive.
Dacia Duster Engines
The two petrol engines are the TCe 90 and TCe 130 – both in 4×2 application with front-wheel drive. The diesel option is the Blue dCi 115, available in a choice of 4×2 or 4×4, and all models are fitted with a six-speed manual transmission.
The TCe 90 offers 90hp and 160Nm of torque with up to 45.6mpg (WLTP), with a more powerful TCe 130 produces 130hp and 240Nm of torque and a 10.6-second zero to 62mph time. It also returns up to 45.6mpg.
Both Blue dCi diesel options produce 115hp and 260Nm of torque and up to 57.7mpg for the two-wheel drive version and CO2 emissions as low as 128g/km. All engines are fully compliant with Euro 6D Full emissions regulations feature Stop&Start technology helping to reduce emissions and boost efficiency, keeping all-important running costs to a minimum.
Dacia Duster Cargo area
The vehicle is converted post production by Renaults inhouse ‘Tech’ team, removing the rear seats to open up the 1.5 cubic metre cargo space as possible leaving an entirely flat floor with no awkward loading lip from the tailgate.
The completely floor is carpet covered and features a bulkhead with load stop to safely separate the front passengers from the load area, four lashing hooks and a removable load cover up to the window line. The regular parcel shelf remains in place and an extra load cover fills the gap to ensure a full cover for the whole load bay.
There are fixed rear windows and an opaque film to restrict the view into the load area, plus an alarm supplied as standard. The maximum load length in the load bay is 1,557mm, while maximum load width measures 1,247mm on four-wheel drive. The higher Duster’s off-road ride height helps for loading heavy and can accommodate a payload of up to 492kg.
Exterior and interior features
Externally, there are LED lighting signature at the front is complemented by Dacia’s recognisable stacked square rear light detail with black wheel arch trims and skid plates at the front and rear for protection.
Inside the Duster Commercial features comfortable seats with dense foam and Dacia’s simple touchscreen media system featured on their passenger cars takes centre stage along with controls for the heating and ventilation.
There are two trim levels, Essential and Comfort. As standard the Essential features 16-inch steel wheels, body-coloured front and rear bumpers, roof bars with “Duster” inscription, air conditioning, electric front windows, height-adjustable driver’s seat, DAB radio with fingertip controls, Bluetooth phone connectivity and USB connection.
Opting for the Comfort specification adds 16-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, satin chrome exterior detail to the roof bars, door mirrors and skid plates, darkened rear glass, body-coloured door handles and heated, electrically adjustable door mirrors.
The technology gets a boost with Comfort spec too, which adds a seven-function onboard computer located between the dials, as well as a MediaNav Evolution 7-inch touchscreen media system incorporating sat-nav, USB and Aux connections, Bluetooth for phone and media connectivity, smartphone connection via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and steering column-mounted fingertip controls.
Inside, chrome interior trim and a soft feel steering wheel boost the comfort levels further, along with passenger vanity mirror and glovebox light for added convenience, while difficult manoeuvres are made simpler thanks to rear parking sensors and a reversing camera.
The Duster Commercial is available to order and priced from £15,309 OTR