Dacia, limited edition, Essential trim for a variety of cars revealed - plus a new, 6-speed, automatic gearbox.
“Smart” new look for Duster
The Dacia Duster Essential is a new, limited edition, trim the manufacturer has showcased at the Geneva Motor Show 2016. Its purpose is to provide this sports-utility vehicle – which has 5 doors and a large 475-litre boot – with a “smart look”, Dacia said.
Essential trim exterior extras include the Chestnut brown paintwork, body coloured bumpers, new alloy wheels and trim specific badges that emphasise its status in the range. These features complement a muscular body and “Duster” branded roof bars.
The Essential limited edition trim provides “enhanced travelling comfort too”, the manufacturer said. Interior extras include Bluetooth – which allows drivers to connect devices without wire – plus USB connectivity, electric front windows, and central locking.
The Dacia Duster Essential is likely to launch in the United Kingdom in the near future, but there is no word on price. For comparison, the entry level Access trim – in 2-wheel-drive form – costs £9,495 and the high-spec, 4-wheel-drive, Lauréate is £15,495.
Furthermore, it remains to be seen whether the trim accompanies the Duster's 1.6-litre, 115PS, petrol engine (with 5 or 6-speed manual gearbox), the 1.5-litre 109PS diesel (6-speed manual box); or both.
Dacia Sandero Essential
The Dacia Sandero receives the Essential trim too. This compact, supermini class, hatchback is the cheapest new car in the United Kingdom in its most basic Access form (£5,995). The top of the range Stepway Lauréate version, in contrast, is priced at £10,995.
The Sandero has 5 doors plus a 320-litre cargo capacity. Power comes via a 1.2-litre, 73PS, petrol engine and a 0.9-litre, 90PS, diesel. Every version of this vehicle has a 5-speed manual gearbox.
Dacia Logan MCV Essential
The Logan MCV also gets the new trim. This small, family class, estate costs from £6,995 for the Access trim, to £10,795 for the Lauréate. Cargo capacity is 573-litres. Power comes via a 1.2-litre, 73PS, petrol and a 0.9-litre, 90PS, diesel (5-speed manual).
Dacia Essential trim worldwide availability
The Essential trim is set to also launch in: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxemburg, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. It will, however, in certain markets have a different name and relate to models not available in the UK.
Easy-R automatic transmission now available with diesel engine
Dacia also confirmed at the Geneva Motor Show that its Easy-R automatic transmission is now available with its dCi 90 diesel engine, but not in the UK. Since late 2015, this 6-speed system has only been offered on cars with the TCe 90 Stop&Start petrol engine.
Its purpose is to provide: “Optimised driving enjoyment and fuel consumption comparable with that of a manual”, Dacia said. It can be specified with the Dacia Sandero, Sandero Stepway and Logan MCV.