Dacia Duster available with Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) automatic transmission for the first time
Most affordable automatic crossover available in the UK yet with advanced dual-clutch technology
EDC gearbox combines smoothness and comfort with similar efficiency to a manual gearbox
Six-speed automatic is mated to the 1.5 dCi 110 turbodiesel engine
CO2 emissions of only 116g/km and combined fuel economy of 62.8mpg
EDC-equipped Dacia Duster costs from £14,895 on-the-road
The Dacia Duster EDC goes on sale in the UK in October
For the very first time, the multi-award-winning Dacia Duster is available with an automatic six-speed EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) transmission, whilst still maintaining its shocking affordability. The Duster EDC is the most affordable automatic crossover available in the UK.
Combining the comfort and smoothness of an automatic gearbox with fuel economy and low CO2 emissions that are similar to those of a manual gearbox, the EDC transmission is certain to attract even more customers to the rugged SUV.
Drivers who specify the advanced transmission can now enjoy a more relaxing, simpler and smoother drive, which is boosted with the EDC transmission featuring Hill Start Assist. When moving away on a slope, the EDC control unit holds the brakes for sufficient time to allow the driver to apply the throttle before the vehicle rolls back.
Available on Lauréate and flagship Prestige 4×2 Duster variants, the automatic EDC gearbox is mated to the hugely-popular 1.5 dCi 110 turbodiesel engine. Perfectly complementing each other, the pairing returns fuel economy of 62.8mpg (NEDC combined) and CO2 emissions of 116g/km.
The EDC-equipped Dacia Duster is available from £14,895 on-the-road and will go on sale in the UK in October.
Adding another string to the bow of the robust Duster, the availability of the EDC transmission builds on the raft of upgrades that were recently unveiled in the new 2017 model year version.
Spanning external and interior enhancements, the changes included new upholstery for all versions, DAB as standard from Ambiance trim upwards, new ‘square effect’ headlights, and the availability of new options such as rear parking sensors, part-leather ‘Aspira’ upholstery and 16-inch ‘Tyrol’ diamond-cut alloy wheels. A rear parking camera is also an option on Lauréate trim and above and the Duster’s purposeful good looks can be set off with new Pennine Green metallic paint.
The updates also included the availability of the 1.2 TCe 125 engine on Lauréate trim and above, ensuring that customers now have the choice of a petrol or diesel variant at every trim level, and the arrival of the top-of-the-range ‘Prestige’ trim level,
On top of the Lauréate trim, Prestige receives 16-inch ‘Tyrol’ diamond-cut alloy wheels, MediaNav Evolution and rear-parking camera as standard, offering a price walk of £900 from Lauréate and representing a customer saving of £250.
The Duster range is priced from £9,495 on-the-road.