Dacia has revealed the new Duster Commercial, based on the passenger version of Dacia’s SUV.
Homologated as an N1 commercial version, the Duster Commercial has a flat load area which offers 1,623 litres of space and up to 503kg payload capacity.
Power comes from a range of petrol and diesel engines, complete with the option of Dacia’s dual-clutch EDC automatic transmission. There is also a four-wheel-drive model.
There are two trim levels – Essential and Comfort – that offer the same equipment to the New Duster Commercial as the Duster SUV, including a new 8-inch touchscreen boasting Dacia’s Media Display infotainment system complete with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The factory conversion sees the rear seats of the Duster replaced with a flat wooden load floor covered with a hard-wearing surface. A mesh bulkhead safely separates the load area from the front passenger compartment, while a series of lashing eyes make it easy to secure loose cargo.
A full-length removable load cover keeps the cargo bay’s contents shielded, aided by the opaque film applied to the fixed rear windows. Finally, rubber mats and a built-in alarm system round out the protection measures.
With up to 1,623 litres of cargo space on offer, Dacia says that the new Duster Commercial is a natural fit for any number of hard-working trades.
It has a bay length of 1,792mm, a load width of 1,247mm and a floor-to-ceiling height on the 4x2 models of 917mm.
The new Duster Commercial features a range of petrol and diesel engines with outputs from 90hp to 150hp, covering a choice of two- or four-wheel-drive configurations.
A six-speed manual transmission is fitted as standard, while Dacia’s six-speed dual-clutch EDC transmission is available exclusively with the TCe 150.
The petrol range starts with the turbocharged three-cylinder 1.0-litre TCe 90, delivering 90hp and 160Nm of torque at 2,750rpm, with combined cycle economy of up to 45.6mpg (WLTP).
The more powerful 1.3-litre four-cylinder TCe 130 offers 130hp and a useful 240Nm of torque from 1,600rpm, while matching the smaller unit’s official fuel economy figure of 45.6mpg (WLTP).
Completing the petrol line-up is the TCe 150, coupled exclusively with Dacia’s six-speed dual-clutch EDC transmission.
The TCe 150 returns the same 45.6mpg (WLTP) economy as its petrol-powered siblings.
The 1.5-litre Blue dCi diesel engine develops 115hp and 260Nm of torque at 2,000rpm, and is available with the choice of either two- or four-wheel-drive.
The Blue dCi 115 4x2 offers fuel economy of 57.6mpg (WLTP) and low CO2 emissions of 127g/km, while the 4x4 version emits 139g/km and achieves 53.3mpg (WLTP) on the combined cycle.
All are compliant with the latest Euro 6D-Full emissions regulations and are equipped with Stop & Start – which automatically turns the engine off at a standstill to reduce emissions and boost fuel economy – as standard.
The Duster Commercial Essential features, as standard, Dacia’s Y-shaped LED daytime running lights, body-coloured front and rear bumpers, black roof bars with ‘Duster’ inscription, 16-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, electric front windows, cruise control with speed limiter, seven-function on-board computer, height- and reach-adjustable steering wheel with backlit controls, DAB radio with Bluetooth connectivity and a USB connection.
Moving up to the Comfort specification adds 16-inch alloy wheels, black-painted door mirrors, body-colour door handles, chrome front grille, front fog lights, heated and electrically adjustable door mirrors, rear-view camera with parking sensors, hill descent control, and a centre differential lock on 4x4 models.
The interior, meanwhile, gains upgraded Comfort upholstery, black door sill protection strips, soft-feel steering wheel, centre console with driver’s armrest, height-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar adjustment, and Dacia’s Media Display infotainment system with 8-inch touchscreen, smartphone replication with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and two USB ports.
Both Essential and Comfort models are offered with a spare wheel as an available option, while metallic paint in one of six colours – Slate Grey, Highland Grey, Pearl Black, Iron Blue, Fusion Red, and the stunning Arizona Orange – can be specified across the range.
With prices starting from £12,795 excluding VAT, the new Duster Commercial is available to order now, with TCe 90 and TCe 130 following shortly after. First customer deliveries are expected in December.