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2016 Dacia Duster: New engine and trim level for UK’s cheapest SUV

Dacia has announced an update to the Duster sports utility vehicle, which will debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

A new 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol with 123bhp joins the existing 1.6-litre naturally-aspirated lump and the 1.5-litre dCi diesel. Fuel economy and CO2 emissions are said to be 46.3mpg and 138g/km, respectively.

The Dacia Duster for 2016 also gets squarer, multi-part headlights and that’s it for the exterior. Inside, the changes are more noticeable in the form of new upholstery and a new dashboard finish comprised dark carbon and satin chrome.

The equipment list is a tad juicier, too, with DAB digital radio standard on the Ambiance trim level, which is arguably the one to go for as it provides the cheapest access to the more efficient diesel engine. Alloy wheels and part-leather upholstery, meanwhile, are now an option.

On the subject of mod cons, the Duster – reviewed here in its older form – can also be specced with parking sensors and a reversing camera so no worries when parking the thing.

An entirely new trim level has been added, known as Prestige. Sitting above Laureate, Prestige adds 16-inch alloy wheels, reversing camera and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

Deliveries are set to begin in July and orders are open now. Expect to pay under £10,000 for the entry-level new Duster, meaning it retains its position as the UK’s cheapest SUV. A Prestige Duster starts from £16,495.

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