Based on the passenger version of Dacia’s SUV, the New Duster Commercial brings even more versatility and capability to an already incredibly practical package. Homologated as an N1 commercial version, the New Duster Commercial builds on the Duster’s rugged and resilient nature by adding a tough, hard-wearing flat load area, offering 1,623 litres of space and up to 503kg payload capacity.
The conversion takes place right at the factory, with experienced Dacia technicians replacing the rear seats of the Duster with a completely flat wooden load floor covered with a hard-wearing surface. A sturdy mesh bulkhead safely separates the load area from the front passenger compartment, while a series of lashing eyes make it easy to secure loose cargo.
A full-length removable load cover keeps the cargo bay’s contents shielded from prying eyes, aided by the opaque film applied to the fixed rear windows. Finally, rubber mats and a built-in alarm system round out the protection measures.
With up to 1,623 litres of cargo space on offer, the Duster Commercial is a natural fit for any number of hard-working trades. The absence of a load sill makes accessing the space easy and, with a bay length of 1,792mm, even the longest loads can be accommodated with ease. A generous load width of 1,247mm and a floor-to-ceiling height on the 4x2 models of 917mm means bulky items can be easily transported, too. Meanwhile, a maximum payload of up to 503kg (depending on model) ensures the Duster Commercial is ready for a day’s work no matter how much is being asked of it.
The New Duster Commercial features a range of proven and efficient petrol and diesel engines with outputs from 90hp to 150hp, covering a choice of two- or four-wheel-drive configurations. A six-speed manual transmission is fitted as standard, while Dacia’s six-speed dual-clutch EDC transmission is available exclusively with the TCe 150.
The petrol range starts with the turbocharged three-cylinder 1.0-litre TCe 90, delivering 90hp and 160Nm of torque at 2,750rpm, with combined cycle economy of up to 45.6mpg (WLTP).
The more powerful 1.3-litre four-cylinder TCe 130 offers 130hp and a useful 240Nm of torque from just 1,600rpm, while matching the smaller unit’s official fuel economy figure of 45.6mpg (WLTP).
Completing the petrol line-up is the TCe 150, coupled exclusively with Dacia’s six-speed dual-clutch EDC transmission. Despite its impressive 0-62mph acceleration time of just 9.7 seconds and its 124mph top speed, the TCe 150 still returns the same 45.6mpg (WLTP) economy as its petrol-powered siblings.
The 1.5-litre Blue dCi diesel engine develops 115hp and 260Nm of torque at 2,000rpm, and is available with the choice of either two- or four-wheel-drive. The Blue dCi 115 4x2 offers impressive fuel economy of 57.6mpg (WLTP) and low CO2 emissions of just 127g/km, while the 4x4 version emits 139g/km and achieves a creditable 53.3mpg (WLTP) on the combined cycle.
All are compliant with the latest Euro 6D-Full emissions regulations and are equipped with Stop & Start – which automatically turns the engine off at a standstill to reduce emissions and boost fuel economy – as standard.
The New Duster Commercial shares the same tough and ready-for-anything styling as the Duster SUV on which it is based. Echoing the new front grille design and Y-shaped LED running lights, the New Duster Commercial continues the bold and striking look premiered by the rest of the Duster range.
Flared wheel-arches matched with durable skid plates, front and rear, emphasise the New Duster Commercial’s outdoor spirit, while new alloy wheel designs and a choice of seven appealing paintwork colours – including the stunning Arizona Orange – bring an added sense of flair.
Contrasting black roof bars hint at the Duster Commercial’s sense of adventure, backed up by its 210mm of ground clearance and 450mm wading depth. As a go-anywhere, carry anything LCV, the New Duster Commercial offers unrivalled capability for excellent value.
From £19,324 including VAT
TCe 90 4x2 engine or dCi 115 4x4
As standard, the Duster Commercial Essential features Dacia’s distinctive Y-shaped LED daytime running lights, body-coloured front and rear bumpers, black roof bars with ‘Duster’ inscription, 16-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, electric front windows, cruise control with speed limiter, seven-function on-board computer, height- and reach-adjustable steering wheel with backlit controls, DAB radio with Bluetooth connectivity and a USB connection.
From £22,384 including VAT
TCe 150 4x2 Auto EDC, dCi 115 4x2 or dCi 115 4x4
Moving up to the Expression specification adds 16-inch alloy wheels, black-painted door mirrors, body-colour door handles, chrome front grille, front fog lights, heated and electrically adjustable door mirrors, rear-view camera with parking sensors, hill descent control, and a centre differential lock on 4x4 models. The interior, meanwhile, gains upgraded upholstery, black door sill protection strips, soft-feel steering wheel, centre console with driver’s armrest, height-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar adjustment, and Dacia’s Media Display infotainment system with 8-inch touchscreen, smartphone replication with both Android Auto® and Apple CarPlay®, and two USB ports.