2019 Dacia Duster With 1.3 Turbo Launched in UK With 130 and 150 HP

2019 Dacia Duster With 1.3 Turbo Launched in UK With 130 and 150 HP 5 photos
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You can now buy the new Dacia Duster with the 1.3-liter turbocharged engine from Renault, the same one powering the Kadjar and Qashqai. At 150 PS or 147 bhp, this is easily the most powerful version of the Romanian crossover ever offered in Britain.
The 1.3 TCe, which is the name of this engine, replaces the old 1.2 TCe that didn't meet the latest emissions regulations. You also get more power with it. The base version makes 130 PS (128 bhp) and 177lb-ft (240Nm) of torque. With a 6-speed manual and 4x2, Dacia promises a 0 to 62 time of 11.1 seconds, as well as CO2 emissions of 137 grams per kilometer and an average 47 mph UK according to the WLTP standards.

This version is available in Comfort trim, which gets you standard 16-inch alloy wheels, a reversing camera, and sensors plus a seven-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay from £14,395. Step up to the Prestige model for £15,695 and your Duster will have 17-inch wheels multi-view camera, blind spot warning, climate control, and keyless entry.

We don't know if power is something Dacia buyers are looking for, but the manufacturer saw fit to include a 150 PS (147 bhp), 250 Nm version of the same 1.3-liter turbo. This gets to 100 km/h in only 10.4 seconds and tops out at 124 mph with no impact to fuel economy.

Only available in Prestige 4x2 trim, the TCe 150 costs £16,295, which might sound like a lot to some. However, we still remembered that last month we reported that the 2019 Vitara (facelift) is offered from £16,999. So you can have a Suzuki with a 1-liter 111 PS unit and no features or this full-spec Duster... it's your choice.

The lack of AWD is obvious here, but Dacia did promise it will be available in mid-2019. However, most crossover buyers don't need such a thing, and the Nissan Qashqai does just fine without it.
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