The latest edition of the Dacia Duster has been enhanced and now benefits from a package of styling and trim upgrades. The range of 2015 Duster vehicles include two- and four-wheel-drive models that are based on three trim levels and two engines. The entry-level is called Access and it is driven by the 105 hp 1.6-litre 16-valve petrol engine. The mid-range trim is dubbed as Ambiance while the top-grade – Lauréate. Both they have a 107 hp (109 hp on 4x4 versions) 1.5-litre dCi 110 turbodiesel power unit.

The new Dacia model gets a stylish chrome front grille made up of two layers of four small intakes surrounding brand's logo. There are also ‘Duster' branded roof bars, which are chromed on Lauréate models. At the back of the vehicle, a black tailgate trim with ‘Duster' branding sits above the number plate. In addition, there are five new metallic colours offered for the model: Mercury, Khaki, Pearl Black, Slate Grey and Cinnamon.

The Lauréate trims run on new Tyrol 16-inch alloy wheels and also features body-coloured door handles and dark metal door mirror casings. There is new upholstery and seats for every model. Access versions are finished in Hassium cloth, Ambiance in Osmium cloth and Lauréate in Rhodium cloth with ‘Duster' lettering.In contrast with the top of the range trim, the highlights on Access model are 16-inch Eiger steel wheels, remote locking, a Thatcham-approved engine immobiliser, electric front windows, anti-lock brakes with Emergency Brake Assist, Electronic Stability Control and Traction Control, a Tyre Pressure Monitor, four airbags, an ECO driving mode and gearshift indicator and a four-speed heating and ventilation system.

Duster Access features standard body-coloured bumpers, black door handles and Duster-branded roof bars and bumpers. Glacier White is the sole colour, while the 4x4 version has a centre differential lock with 2WD, Auto and Lock modes. The next Ambiance version gets Matterhorn 16-inch steel wheels, satin chrome door handles, a chrome gearlever insert and instrument surrounds, a radio/CD player with AUX and USB sockets and Bluetooth, front foglights, a height-adjustable driver's seat and a 60:40 split rear seat.

Lauréate modelss add manual air conditioning, electric mirrors and rear windows, cruise control with a speed limiter, a seven-function trip computer, a glovebox light, a passenger vanity mirror and body coloured door handles, satin chrome Duster-branded roof bars, scuff plates and side sills. There are also standard piano black interior door handles, door and steering wheel inserts and centre console surround, a leather-covered steering wheel and map pockets in the front seat backs.

2015 Dacia Duster Technical Details

Model Power (hp @ rpm) Torque (Nm @ rpm) 0-62mph (sec) Top speed (mph)
Access 1.6 16V 105 4x2 105 @ 5750 148 @ 3750 11.5 104
Access 1.6 16V 105 4x4 105 @ 5750 148 @ 3750 12.8 99
Ambiance dCi 110 4x2 107 @ 4000 240 @ 1750 11.8 106
Ambiance dCi 110 4x4 109 @ 4000 240 @ 1750 12.5 104
Lauréate dCi 110 4x2 107 @ 4000 240 @ 1750 11.8 106
Lauréate dCi 110 4x4 109 @ 4000 240 @ 1750 12.5 104
Model MPG CO2 (g/km) BIK (band %) VED (band) Insurance group
Access 1.6 16V 105 4x2 39.8 165 26% G 6E
Access 1.6 16V 105 4x4 35.3 185 30% I 5E
Ambiance dCi 110 4x2 56.5 130 22% D 10A
Ambiance dCi 110 4x4 53.3 135 23% E 10A
Lauréate dCi 110 4x2 56.5 130 22% D 11A
Lauréate dCi 110 4x4 53.3 135 23% E 10A

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Source: Dacia