The Dacia Duster Commercial has been updated with a new fairing, bringing it in line with the rest of the Romanian brand’s models.

The new brand identity replaces the conventional grille with a smoother surface featuring a new logo with an interlocking ‘D’ and ‘C’. Where the previous grille had a chrome surround, the new version gets white striped panels.

At the rear, the shield-style Dacia badge is gone, replaced by a script spelling out the marque’s name, and the “Duster” badging is omitted altogether. The red taillight panels were also replaced with matte black plastic.

As with many vehicles from mainstream manufacturers right now, prices have gone up across the Duster Commercial line. The entry-level model now costs £13,995 (excluding VAT), which is £1,200 more than before.

Rising raw material costs, soaring energy prices and supply chain hurdles have forced manufacturers to raise list prices in an effort to preserve margins.

Despite rising costs, the Duster Commercial remains one of the most affordable 4×4 commercial SUVs available, at less than half the price of the Toyota Land Cruiser Commercial.

The Suzuki Jimny Commercial rival is basically unchanged elsewhere: there’s still a large cargo bed (instead of the regular version’s rear seats) and a maximum payload of up to 503kg.

The engine range also remains the same, comprising 88hp and 148hp petrol units and a 113hp diesel that can be had with four-wheel drive. A dual-clutch automatic gearbox is also available.

Two versions are available, called Essential and Expression. The first is equipped with, among other things, Y-shaped LED daytime running lights, steel wheels and a DAB radio. Expression adds an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with a leather steering wheel and upgraded interior upholstery.

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Source: www.autocar.co.uk
This notice was published: 2022-08-03 07:31:24