If you were among the early adopters to purchase a second-generation Duster with a diesel engine, we’re afraid we have some bad news as you’ve missed out on the new Blue dCi powertrains. The budget-friendly SUV from Dacia is already receiving a pretty important update underneath the hood where the familiar four-cylinder 1.5-liter turbodiesel engine has been massaged to deliver an extra horsepower.
The bump in output is for both versions of the diesel engine, which means the old dCi 90 is being promoted to the dCi 95 moniker while the stronger dCi 110 shall be known from now on as the dCi 115, with both adding the “Blue” affix. There’s more good news to share as the lesser version of the diesel offers an additional 30 Newton-meters (22 pound-feet) for a grand total of 240 Nm (177 lb-ft) of torque at 1,750 rpm. The more powerful of the two diesels will soldier on with 260 Nm (192 lb-ft).
The diesel-powered Duster with either of the two Blue dCi units is now quicker in the sprint to 62 mph (100 kph) by more than a second. Go for the lesser of the two diesels and it will need 12.6 seconds to complete the task (down from 13.8s) while the beefier one will achieve the run in 10.5 seconds (down from 11.8s). Top speed has also slightly increased, from 158 to 167 kph (98 to 104 mph) in the case of the former and from 171 to 179 kph (106 to 111 mph) for the latter.
Aside from gaining slightly more muscle, the pair of 1.5-liter diesel engines comes with the latest technologies meant to cut polluting emissions. Therefore, the oxidation catalytic converter located in the exhaust line now encompasses the Selective Catalytic Reduction technology (SCR). It works with AdBlue to get rid of more nitrogen dioxide emissions (NOx) while at the same time increasing the performance and efficiency of the engine.
Fuel consumption hasn’t changed compared to the previous-gen diesel engines, with both needing 4.4 liters / 100 km, which works out to CO2 emissions of 115 g/km as per NEDC.
Dacia says it will introduce the pair of Blue dCi engines across its entire lineup in the weeks to come.
Gallery: 2018 Dacia Duster
New Blue dCi engines for the Dacia Duster
Dacia Duster is launching its new Blue dCi 95 and 115 Diesel engines
More driving pleasure and steady consumptions
The Dacia Duster Blue dCi on sale in France from 7 June 2018 starting from €14,350 including VAT
Boulogne-Billancourt, 7 June 2018. Dacia is introducing a new generation of its Diesel engines on the Duster, which feature the latest systems for reducing polluting emissions. Renamed for the occasion “Blue dCi”, these new engines guarantee increased performance and optimised consumption for still unbeatable prices.
In addition to the “selective catalytic reduction” system (SCR), the dCi 95 and 115 operate with a new Air-Water exchanger, a higher injection pressure (2,000 bars) and new gearbox ratios. These evolutions thus provide increased driving pleasure with:
- a 5 hp increase in power
- 30 Nm (at 1750 rpm) of additional torque for the Blue dCi 95
- Faster 0 to 100 km/h gaining more than 1 second on both versions
Consumption and emissions of these two engines remain controlled at 115g of CO2 (NEDC BT) and 4.4L in the mixed cycle (data in the course of certification).
The Blue dCi will be rolled-out over the entire Dacia range in the next few weeks (including the Duster 4-wheel drive). Eager to propose the best quality/price/equipment ratio, the Dacia Duster Blue dCi will be sold in France from June 7, 2018.
DUSTER Blue dCi 95 4x2
14 350 €
ESSENTIEL Blue dCi 95 4x2
16 200 €
ESSENTIEL Blue dCi 115 4x2
16 800 €
CONFORT Blue dCi 115 4x2
17 900 €
PRESTIGE Blue dCi 115 4x2
19 000 €