Despite not being available to test drive, let alone buy, for three months, the Dacia Duster has totted up over 1,000 pre-orders in the UK in just 100 days. The big pull appears to be the low price compared to other SUVs on the market. With a starting price of GBP 8,995, which is described as “shockingly affordable” in the UK automotive press, the budget SUV is proving a hit across the UK.
The Dacia Duster won the Scottish Car of the Year award and orders in Scotland and Wales are currently ahead of those in England. Several different specifications will be available including petrol and diesel, 2WD and 4WD and from a 1.6 liter engine up to a 2.0 liter version, priced from GBP 8,995 for the entry level model up to GBP 14,995 for the highest spec Duster.
Dacia owner Renault has indicated that currently the most orders have been received for the highest specification model. The right hand drive Dacia Duster for the UK market is to be produced in India, where some 20,000 orders have been received so far.
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