We are not so sure it has what it takes to do that, but Dacia is trying to spice up its affordable SUV with a new Black Touch trim which is effectively replacing the former Prestige model. Available in France where the Duster has been the best-selling model in its class since 2013, the new version can be visually distinguished by its glossy black radiator grille and door mirror caps. You will also be able to differentiate it from the lesser trims thanks to the satin chrome surrounds for the fog lamps.
The door pillars come in a black finish which has also been applied onto the 16-inch alloy wheels that come as standard on the newly added flagship variant. Rounding off the list of tweaks are the satin chrome roof bars as well as front and rear skid plates, while the interior hosts a leather-wrapped steering wheel and high-gloss black accents.
Pricing begins at €17,100 for the model equipped with the TCe 125 turbocharged gasoline engine sending its power to the front wheels. Should you want the grippy all-wheel-drive hardware, it’s going to cost you an additional €2,000 with the same engine. On the diesel side there is Renault’s very familiar dCi 110 from €17,800 in 4x2 guise and from €19,800 with AWD.
Dacia France is already taking orders for the Black Touch which sits above the Duster, Silver Line, and Laureate Plus trims. The cheapest model money can buy is the entry-level Duster with the naturally-aspirated SCe 115 engine and 4x2 from as low as €11,990.
The Dacia Duster is almost at the end of the line, with an all-new, second-generation (rendered above) already confirmed for a 2017 launch. Details about the model are scarce right now, but it is believed the cheap SUV will grow in size up to the point it might also spawn a seven-seat derivative. According to Laurens van den Acker, Renault Group's design boss, the new Duster is going to be a ‘big leap’ compared to the current model, so most likely it will offer more equipment, improved design, and upgraded hardware.
Until the next-gen Duster’s reveal, Dacia will first introduce the facelifted Logan and Sandero models at the forthcoming Paris Motor Show late this month.
Gallery: Dacia Duster Black Touch
Dacia Duster Black Touch: a new look for a new range
- A new Dacia Duster range for France
- A new top-of-the-range Black Touch trim with a chic and elegant design
- And still with a 3-year or 100,000 km warranty
Duster continues to enjoy huge success in France. Since its renewal in 2013, it has become the most popular C-segment SUV, based on consumer sales. Buoyed by these three years as a best-seller, Dacia renews its Duster range delivering even more equipment and design features for customers. In this new range, a new high trim is created with the Duster Black Touch. A vehicle of particularly elegant looks, Duster Black Touch is sure to turn heads.
The new Black Touch trim tops the new Dacia range, replacing the former Prestige trim. It introduces a range of exclusive design features, including a high-gloss black radiator grille with matching door mirror housings, fog lights with satin chrome surrounds, 16-inch black diamond-cut alloy wheels and black door pillars. Black Touch embraces its status as Dacia’s range topper without abandoning its SUV origins that can be seen in the front and rear skid plates and satin-chrome roof bars. City slicker looks are allied with a sophisticated level of comfort illustrated by a high-gloss black finish and leather steering wheel.
The new Duster range is designed to make each finish identifiable at first glance. The range now comprises four trim levels called: Duster, Silver Line, Lauréate Plus and Black Touch. Different wheel designs give each trim its own style. Major styling upgrades are also visible in the equipment supplied with each trim level. With Silver Line, air conditioning is now available from €13,590, while Lauréate Plus features rear parking sensors and a cruise-control/speed limiter function from €16,100. With Black Touch, available from €17,100, Duster gains a fully equipped finish with features including the Media Nav Evolution navigation system and rear view camera.
This new range will be available in France from 1 September, with prices still starting from €11,990. See the appended document for details of equipment.
New Duster range: Prices for France, including VAT
|Duster||Duster Silver Line||Duster Lauréate Plus||Duster Black Touch|
|Petrol||SCe 115||4x2||€ 11,990||€ 13,590|
|TCe 125||4x2||€ 15,100||€ 16,100||€ 17,100|
|TCe 125||4x4||€ 17,100||€ 18,100||€ 19,100|
|Diesel||dCi 90||4x2||€ 13,600||€ 15,200||€ 16,200|
|dCi 110||4x2||€ 15,800||€ 16,800||€ 17,800|
|dCi 110||4x4||€ 17,800||€ 18,800||€ 19,800|