Dacia Duster gains new 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine

The Dacia Duster gains a new, more efficient entry-level TCe 100 engine, set to replace larger outgoing 1.6-litre petrol

Dacia Duster 1.0-litre

The Dacia Duster is now available with a new, entry-level TCe 100 turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine. Prices for the new engine start from £10,995 in base Access spec, £12,495 in the mid-range Essential version and £13,995 in the Comfort variant.

Dacia’s new 1.0-litre three-cylinder will soon completely replace the Duster’s naturally aspirated 1.6-litre four-cylinder SCe 115 unit – although the two remain on sale together for now. The new unit has less power than the outgoing engine (99bhp versus 113bhp), but torque is up 66 per cent to 260Nm. It can only be had with front-wheel drive and a five-speed manual gearbox.

Best small SUVs and crossovers on sale now

Despite its increased torque, the Duster’s new TCe 100 engine does not beat the old SCe 115 unit in performance terms. Its 0–62mph time stands at 12.5 seconds and top speed is 104mph – 0.6 seconds and 3mph slower than the old engine. However, thanks to that extra torque, Dacia claims the new engine is more responsive on the move.

To offset the reduced performance, Dacia’s new 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol offers improved economy and lower emissions than its predecessor. Dacia claims economy of 48.7mpg and emissions of 126g/km of CO2, compared to the old 1.6-litre engine’s 43.5mpg and 149g/km.

The Duster’s turbocharged TCe 130 and TCe 150 1.3-litre four-cylinder engines will remain on sale priced from £14,995 and £16,895 respectively. Dacia will also retain the Duster’s turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel engine at its current starting price of £13,700.

Does Dacia’s more efficient three-cylinder engine encourage you to buy a Duster? Let us know in the comments section below…

Recommended

Dacia Duster review
Dacia Duster ford
Dacia Duster

Dacia Duster review

The Dacia Duster is better than ever, and is possibly the best value SUV you can buy
28 Oct 2020
New Dacia Duster Bi-Fuel 2020 review
Dacia Duster

New Dacia Duster Bi-Fuel 2020 review

Is a petrol-LPG car a good choice in the UK? We drive the new Dacia Duster Bi-Fuel SUV to find out…
24 Jun 2020
Best crossover cars and small SUVs 2020
Best small SUVs and crossovers - header
SUVs

Best crossover cars and small SUVs 2020

There's a huge range of crossovers and small SUVs on the market today. These are our top ten picks
21 May 2020
Dacia Duster vs MG ZS
Dacia Duster

Dacia Duster vs MG ZS

The Dacia Duster has been updated with a new engine, so can the MG ZS match it?
3 Mar 2020

Most Popular

New Audi A6 50 TFSI e 2020 review
Audi A6

New Audi A6 50 TFSI e 2020 review

The new Audi A6 50 TFSI e brings plug-in hybrid power to the A6 range for the first time
10 Nov 2020
New 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class luxury limo unveiled
Mercedes S-Class

New 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class luxury limo unveiled

The new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class has made its official debut, with lashings of technology and even more imposing styling
19 Nov 2020
How to transfer a number plate from one car to another
MINI number plate change
Tips & advice

How to transfer a number plate from one car to another

Need to know how to transfer a number plate between vehicles? Our step-by-step guide breaks it down
22 Nov 2020