Dacia is a brand that few will be familiar with in the UK, but with the backing of Renault they are looking to enter the UK market in 2012. With a range of cheap, affordable cars based on Renault technology. Romanian based Dacia are very successful in the emerging markets, especially in Eastern Europe where their Dacia Logan model has proven to be very popular.
Dacia is aiming to bring their budget 4x4 - the newly launched Dacia Duster to the UK in 2012. The Duster is designed around a simple premise: that there is a genuine need around the world for a comfortable, robust and affordable 4x4.
The Dacia Duster will be available either as a 4x4 or in 4x2 forms. The 4x2 version has been designed for customers who want good ground clearance and a reassuring elevated driving position, as well as loose-surface ability, but who don't have a real need for all-wheel drive.
The Dacia Duster will have a choice of three power plants for both the 4x2 and 4x4 versions: one petrol engine (1.6 16V 105) and two diesel engines (dCi 85 and dCi 110). The strengths of these engines have already been demonstrated in many Renault group vehicles.
At a length of 4.31 meters and a width of 1.82 meters, Dacia Duster is compact. Its Renault Megane-sized proportions ensure that it is as at home in built-up areas as it is off the beaten track. While it clearly belongs to the world of all-terrain vehicles, Dacia Duster’s lines are not ostentatious.
Whilst it is billed as compact, the Dacia Duster can comfortably seat up to five adults and offers both front and rear occupants the same amount of space as the Dacia Logan saloon.
Dacia Duster's boot capacity – up to 475 cubic liters (depending on version) – is also very competitive given the vehicle’s compact dimensions. With the rear bench seat folded, Dacia Duster offers an impressive carrying capacity of up to 1,636 cubic liters.
It will be interesting to see if the Dacia Duster is enough to help launch the brand in the UK – we will keep you informed.Published 28 April 2010