Duster launched in the UK for 7.98 lakhs
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Dacia, the makers of the Duster, have officially launched the the much awaited compact SUV in the UK market for an astonishing £8995 (7.98 lakhs INR). The pre-order starts today with first deliveries in January 2013. Why are the deliveries taking so much time, you ask?
Remember, the Duster will be exported from the Chennai plant to the UK. Considering the Duster’s India launch is also in sight, the company wants to make sure that it has ample capacity for both markets.
In Britain, the Dacia-badged Duster will be available with a 1.6-litre petrol engine delivering 104hp, linked to a five-speed manual gearbox. The diesel duties will be handed to the 1.5-liter dCi turbo diesel rated at 108hp paired to a six-speed manual.
There are three trims levels available, Access, Ambiance and Laureate with features such as –
- 16-inch steel/alloy wheels
- Longitudinal roof bars
- Electric front windows
- Four airbags
- Height adjustable steering wheel
- Radio/CD system with AUX, Bluetooth, USB connectivity
- Trip computer
- Scuff plates and side sills
Dacia will also offer a standard three year/60,000 mile warranty to make the Duster a compelling ownership proposition. As these steps and marketing strategies were successful in Germany and France, we see no reason why the Duster can bring joy to Dacia from the UK.
Back home, the Duster is expected to be launched in the first week of July. We have already revealed the specifications and trim levels a few days ago.
Do keep coming back to Indian Auto Blog to know all the details of the Duster’s arrival in India.