Dacia the Renault-owned Romanian brand will be re-launched in the UK with the Duster. Although it's roughly the same size as a Nissan Qashqai (it's 1cm shorter and is slightly wider and taller), the entry-level Duster costs 7600 less than the cheapest Qashqai.
The Duster will be available with front- or four-wheel drive, with a 2000 premium for the latter. Engine choices are a 103bhp 1.6-litre petrol, or a 1.5-litre diesel with 106bhp (107bhp in four-wheel-drive form).
Entry-level Access models are available only with the 1.6-litre petrol engine. Standard equipment includes bare essentials such as remote central locking, electric front windows and front and side airbags.
The Dacia Duster will be 7600 cheaper than the entry-level Nissan Qashqai
Prices for dCi diesel models start at 11,495. The premium over petrol models includes an upgrade to Ambiance trim, which adds extras such as body-coloured upper bumper trim, extra chrome exterior trim, foglights, a height-adjustable driver's seat, radio and CD player with steering column controls, Bluetooth, auxiliary input and USB sockets.
Top-spec dCi Laureate models cost an extra 1500 and get extras including alloy wheels, upgraded interior and exterior trim, electric rear windows, air-conditioning and front seatbelt pre-tensioners.
Dacia says that customers can pre-order a Duster now, for a 100 deposit. Prices will be guaranteed during the pre-ordering period until December 2012 and first deliveries are planned for January 2013.
Just don't expect a luxurious, feature-packed cabin
Dacia Duster trims and specification
16-inch steel wheels
Black door handles and door mirrors
Remote central locking
Manually adjustable door mirrors
Electric front windows
One-piece folding rear bench seat
Height-adjustable steering wheel
16-inch steel wheels
Body-coloured upper bumpers
Satin chrome door handles
Height-adjustable driver's seat
60/40 split folding rear seatback
Radio and CD player with steering column controls
16-inch alloy wheels
Piano black interior door handles and centre console
Leather steering wheel trim
Heated and electrically adjustable door mirrors
Electric rear windows
Metallic paint 470
Stability control 350
Dacia to launch Fiesta rival
Dacia will expand its model line-up with the Sandero, a Ford Fiesta rival that's likely to be available from less than 7000 when it goes on sale in early 2013. The Lodgy a new five- or seven-seat MPV is already on sale in Europe, for less than 10,000 (around 8000). Dacia has yet to decide whether it will be introduced to the UK, but it could arrive by 2014, with a starting price below 10,000.