Exclusive: Dacia UK Considering Duster with 1.2-Liter Turbo

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Dacia UK has just revealed a refreshed version of the Duster crossover SUV for the UK market. The model is now assembled in Romania, not India, and comes with a host of cosmetic changes available from the same price of just under £9,500.
The cheapest model of its kind on the market remains, however, powered by the same engines as before. Base models come exclusively with a 1.6-liter petrol engine pushing 105 hp, while the Ambiance and Laureate trim level bring the 1.5-liter dCi diesel from Renault.

Following the press announcement made earlier today, we reached out to Dacia UK, curious about the model's future engine lineup. Officials have told us a 1.2 TCe model is being evaluated and " if it does come, it would be around a year or so away."

The base 1.5-liter diesel offered on the Duster in other markets is, however, not being considered at the moment.

European fans of the budget brand have been enjoying the same facelifted Duster since September 2013. Also introduced at that time was a new type of petrol engine, a small turbocharged unit that offered slightly better performance than any other mill in the range.

It's called the 1.2 TCe 125, shared with models like the Megane facelift, Clio GT and Captur. Under the bonnet of the Duster, it's rated at a very respectable 125 PS at 5,250rpm and 205 Nm of torque at 2,000rpm (151 lb-ft). Other models that use the 1.2 TCe also include Nissans like the Note, the Juke and the new Qashqai.

Why Is Dacia UK Not Offering More Engines?

Because engineering and testing new right-hand drive Duster models has to make sense from an economic point of view. Dacia's whole corporate strategy revolves around simplicity. The fewer options you can spec on one particular trim level, the simpler it is for the assembly line to churn out new Dusters, which is why they can sell it so cheaply.

For example, a base Duster only comes with power windows in the front, unpainted bumpers and is limited to just two cheap colors. You can't order alloys either, though the dealership can do a swap.
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