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Uber-cheap Dacia Duster to hit UK showrooms June 2012

The Dacia Duster is coming to UK showrooms at the end of June, and it’s bringing its ludicrously cheap price tag with it. Pre-orders for the budget SUV, once dubbed ‘shockingly affordable’ by Top Gear’s James May, will start on 28th June where a £100 deposit will get your name on the list.

Pretty it ain't, but the Dacia Duster should be incredibly affordable.
Pretty it ain’t, but the Dacia Duster should be incredibly affordable.

Pricing for the Dacia Duster hasn’t yet been confirmed, but expect entry-level petrol models to start from a decidedly recession-friendly £11,000. Rivals to the Duster, such as the Nissan Qashqai, usually have a starting price of around £16,595, so the savings here are brutally obvious — even if you don’t have Captain Slow’s mathematical nous.

Understandably, there will likely be a fair bit of trepidation involved in buying a Dacia Duster, which is why Renault, Dacia’s parent company, is sending 22 of the cars on a charm offensive to dealerships across the UK. They’re all left-hand-drive models, but they’ll at least give customers a chance to see the cars in the metal, before right-hand-drive demo vehicles arrive in late Autumn.

Official UK pricing and specification for the Dacia Duster will be announced on 28th June. Dacia will also launch a Web site that’ll allow potential customers to configure their preferred version, and to leave a £100 deposit that’ll put your name on the list for one of the first cars arriving in January 2013.

For more information on the Dacia Duster and its uber-cheap Sandero supermini cousin, head over to Dacia’s official Web site or follow @daciauk on twitter. Alternatively, if that’s too much effort, scroll down the page a little to see some pictures of th 22 aforementioned dealer-bound Dacia Dusters quietly invading our shores.

When you’re done, if you’ve got any scrolling left in you, scroll some more to our comments section and tell us whether you’d actually buy one. Then share your views on our Facebook page — it’s only a click away.

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Prices aren't yet confirmed, but expect the Duster to be cheaper than most SUVs.
Prices aren’t yet confirmed, but expect the Duster to be cheaper than most SUVs.
22 Dusters will be sent to Dacia dealerships across the UK on a charm offensive.
22 Dusters will be sent to Dacia dealerships across the UK on a charm offensive.
A £100 deposit will get your name on the list for one of the first cars, due January 2013.
A £100 deposit will get your name on the list for one of the first cars, due January 2013.

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