Dacia has introduced two new punchy yet efficient petrol engines to its Duster compact SUV.

Available to order right now with a mid-2019 delivery, the new generation TCe 130 and TCe 150 engines offer improved performance and reduced CO2 emissions of 137g/km. Both new units also achieve 47mpg on the new WLTP cycle.

Efficiency may be the same in both engines but what separates the two is their power and oomph.

With 128bhp, the TCe 130 creates 240Nm of torque at 1,600 rpm, resulting in a 0-62mph sprint of 11.1 seconds and 119mph top speed.

Meanwhile, the 147bhp TCe 150 is the most powerful engine yet offered in a Dacia. It generates 250Nm of torque at 1,700 rpm, hitting 62mph in 10.4 seconds and topping out at 124mph.

Both new petrol units come mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and benefit from bore spray coating on the inside of the engines’ cylinder, which allows better performance and increased engine response.

Elsewhere, particle emissions are reduced thanks to the integration of a gasoline particulate filter (GPF).

Equipment is split over two high-spec trim levels: Comfort and Prestige.

Comfort features 16-inch ‘Cyclade’ alloy wheels, rear parking camera and sensors, electric front and rear windows and MediaNav seven-inch touchscreen multimedia system, with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Prestige builds on this by upgrading the wheels to brand new 17-inch ‘Diamond-cut’ alloys and adding a multi-view camera, blind spot warning, climate control and keyless entry.

Prices for the TCe 130-equipped Duster start at £14,395 for the Comfort model, rising to £15,695 for the Prestige trim. The TCe 150 is only offered in the upper Prestige grade, priced at £16,295.

Heather Stark, brand manager at The Fuelcard People, commented: “The Duster is a cost-effective route into the SUV marketplace and it’s great to see Dacia isn’t messing about and gifting it some splendid petrol engines.”

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