Dacia Ireland recently introduced the new Duster Phase 2, with changes to both the exterior and interior, as well as enhancements to the range and product offering.
A new trim level called ‘Prestige’ has also been added to the Duster range, following on from what it says was the popularity of the ‘Signature Prime’ limited edition that was launched last year.
Dacia says that Duster Phase 2 gets a new refreshed look inside and out, but still keeps its comparatively very affordable price position with a price increase of just €300 – do the maths!
Main changes to the standard equipment includes DAB radio, making New Duster the first car in the Dacia range to feature factory-fit DAB.
Dacia say that the new headlights on New Duster are a great improvement with a more modern styling which complement the chrome grille.
There are changes to the interior trim, both the Duster ‘Alternative’ and ‘Signature’ receiving new seat upholstery which gives the seats a more sculptured appearance.
The Duster also gets a new more stylish dashboard, most notably the central section of the dashboard changes from light grey to dark carbon finish. There is also a new satin chrome centre console surround and the lower steering wheel insert changes from piano black to satin chrome finish, improving the perceived quality in the cabin.
Dacia Ireland says that for their customers who like to stand out from the crowd (as they say they know they do!), there is a new metallic paint Altai Green body colour available for new Duster.
New high trim level Prestige will be available in both 4×2 and 4×4 and will be available for just €1200 more than Signature versions. It offers buyers the chance to own a more distinctive, more personalised car while remaining faithful to Dacia’s affordable’ value-for-money ethos.
In addition to the Signature trim, Prestige will feature 16 inch Tyrol diamond-cut alloy wheels which add a touch of class; MediaNav Evolution multimedia system; and rear parking camera, which includes parking sensors.
The MediaNav Evolution has been re-designed with a full-colour menu screen and is now compatible with Apple’s SIRI voice recognition function and TMC live traffic information. There have been hardware improvements, and the system allows access to the AHA cloud platform via a free smartphone app. Through the seven-inch multi-media touch-screen users have access to navigation, infotainment and hands-free telephone services; can stream music via Bluetooth or a USB or AUX connection; and can connect to social networks via a smartphone.
Later this year, the new Duster will be getting an EDC gearbox which will be available on dCi 110 4×2 versions. Pricing will be announced in late 2016.
Dacia continues to be the smart purchase for Irish drivers, with almost 11,000 Dacia cars on the road here since the brand’s launch just four years ago.