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The latest bargain-basement family crossover Dacia Duster is due here in early September.

The heavily overhauled motor is generating a lot of enquiries to Independent Motors as people begin to plan their next purchase.

The current model has been bought in big numbers since its arrival six years ago due to its low price.

Dacia is saying little by way of price or spec, except to point out that those elements are different in the UK, where it has recently been unveiled, so there isn’t much point in trying to draw parallels.

But it is claimed, as you would expect, to be better built than before and to drive well for a car in the lower regions of expenditure.

There is fresh styling and, one expects, extra standard equipment.

It’s all about price, though, and that’s where the challenge lies – to win over repeat and new customers. It has to be seen to be the value it has always been perceived to be. Dacia insists the changes are major while looks are improved thanks to a wider grille and sharper rear.

The marque says it has increased active and passive safety elements too: blind spot monitoring, multi-view camera, etc, especially on the higher-trim cars.

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