DACIA DELIVERS LOWER RUNNING COSTS WITH NEW BI-FUEL SYSTEM

  • Dacia Duster, Sandero and Logan MCV models available with latest engine system delivering more affordable running costs.
  • New 1.0-litre turbo dual-fuel powertrain combines petrol and LPG capabilities.
  • Latest technology could save drivers an average of £594 a year.
  • Customers can choose between LPG or petrol for a combined range of up to 620 miles.
  • Advanced powertrain delivers emissions reduction in LPG-mode of up to 11 per cent on the Duster and nine per cent for the Sandero hatchback.
  • Boot space remains the same for all models despite additional fuel tank, ensuring practicality isn’t compromised.
  • LPG fuel is an affordable, proven technology which is easily available with more than 1,400 LPG stations across the UK.
  • On sale from February 2020.

Dacia is launching a new factory-fitted dual-fuel solution across its range of award-winning Duster, Sander, Sandero Stepway, Logan MCV and Logan MCV Stepway models, the only manufacturer in the UK to do so. The all-new 1.0-litre turbo Bi-Fuel 100 engine combines petrol and LPG fuel to deliver reduced fuel costs, lower emissions and improved performance without compromising on quality.

On average, customers could save around £594 per year by opting for the new Sandero Stepway Bi-Fuel model. In the Sandero, the new powertrain is capable of up to 39.8mpg with CO2 emissions as low as 116g/km when in LPG mode, a drop of nine per cent compared to its petrol setting. Meanwhile, the Duster returns up to 35.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 129g/km when using LPG, a reduction of 11 per cent when driven solely on petrol.

The engineering quality and low running costs are further underlined with service intervals mirroring those of the standard petrol and diesel engines with an oil change every 18,000 miles or two years and light annual service. At the same time, the cost of LPG is half the price of petrol and diesel at 0.63p per litre and is available in more than 1,400 filling stations in the UK, with numbers continuing to grow.

The main change to vehicles is the additional, high-strength steel LPG tank in place of the spare wheel, which is 32 litres in the Sandero, Sandero Stepway, Logan MCV and Logan MCV Stepway models and 34 litres in the Duster. Despite the additional fuel tank, boot space remains the same, ensuring practicality and convenience are not compromised in any way.

The LPG technology has been tried and tested across Dacia models in Europe for several years. The success can be seen in Italy where one in three Dacia vehicles are fitted with the system. The dual-fuel technology allows owners to choose between running the vehicle on petrol or LPG at the flick of a switch for a combined range of up to 620 miles (1,000 km), meaning drivers could travel from Brighton to Inverness without refuelling.

Filling up with LPG is as simple as adding petrol, with a filler flap and protective cover situated at the rear of the vehicle, on the opposite side of the petrol filler unit. The car can be manually switched between LPG and petrol by pressing a dedicated switch in the cockpit at any time or automatically when one of the tanks is empty.

The adaptation is carried out within Dacia’s factories on the same production line, making sure there are no delays on delivery times and a straightforward single point of contact for any warranty or maintenance requirements.

At the centre of the latest powertrain offering is the development of an all-new 1.0-litre turbo Bi-Fuel 100 engine, which engineers have worked on extensively and been able to achieve enhanced torque in LPG mode compared to petrol at 170Nm and 160Nm respectively.

Luke Broad, Head of Brand for Dacia UK, said: “The Dacia range is all about delivering value for money without compromising on quality and running costs, and the introduction of LPG models to the UK reinforces this ethos. The technology is proven in Dacia products and the new 1.0-litre Bi-Fuel engine is an impressive piece of engineering which has been developed to fulfil all of the criteria expected of models like the Duster, Sandero and Logan MCV. With this new LPG engine, plus our petrol and diesel powertrains, we have the perfect Dacia model for any customer, no matter what they are looking for.”

All Bi-Fuel models come with a three-year or 60,000-mile warranty as standard, the same as all other Dacia vehicles. The new Dacia Bi-Fuel range goes on sale from February. For more information visit www.dacia.co.uk

Sandero Bi-Fuel Ownership Information & Pricing

Version

MPG 

CO2 (g/km)

BIK

(band %)

VED (Year 1)

Ins. group

OTR

Price

Essential TCe 100 Bi-Fuel

49.6 (Bi-Fuel 39.8)

128 (Bi-Fuel 116)

26

£170

5E

£9,095

Comfort TCe 100 Bi-Fuel

49.6 (Bi-Fuel 39.8)

128 (Bi-Fuel 116)

26

£170

5E

£10,095


Sandero Stepway Bi-Fuel Ownership Information & Pricing

Version

MPG 

CO2 (g/km)

BIK

(band %)

VED (Year 1)

Ins. group

OTR

Price

Essential TCe 100 Bi-Fuel

47.1 (Bi-Fuel 37.6)

136 (Bi-Fuel 123)

28

£170

9E

£10,295

Comfort TCe 100 Bi-Fuel

46.3 (Bi-Fuel 37.1)

137 (Bi-Fuel 123)

28

£170

9E

£11,295

SE Twenty TCe 100 Bi-Fuel

46.3 (Bi-Fuel 37.1)

137 (Bi-Fuel 123)

28

£170

9E

£11,695


Logan MCV Bi-Fuel Ownership Information & Pricing

Version

MPG 

CO2 (g/km)

BIK

(band %)

VED (Year 1)

Ins. group

OTR Price

Essential TCe 100 Bi-Fuel

46.2 (Bi-Fuel 39.2)

129 (Bi-Fuel 116)

27

£170

4E

£10,595

Comfort TCe 100 Bi-Fuel

46.2 (Bi-Fuel 39.2)

129 (Bi-Fuel 116)

27

£170

4E

£11,595


Logan MCV Stepway Bi-Fuel Ownership Information & Pricing

Version

MPG 

CO2 (g/km)

BIK

(band %)

VED (Year 1)

Ins. group

OTR

Price

Comfort TCe 100 Bi-Fuel

47.1 (Bi-Fuel 38.2)

134 (Bi-Fuel 121)

32

£170

8E

£12,795

SE Twenty TCe 100 Bi-Fuel

47.1 (Bi-Fuel 38.2)

134 (Bi-Fuel 121)

32

£170

8E

£13,195


Duster Bi-Fuel Ownership Information & Pricing

Version

MPG

CO2 (g/km)

BIK

(band %)

VED (Year 1)

Ins. group

OTR

Price

Essential TCe 100 Bi-Fuel 4x2

44.1 (Bi-Fuel 35.3)

145 (Bi-Fuel 129)

30

£170

11E

£12,895

Comfort TCe 100 Bi-Fuel 4x2

44.1 (Bi-Fuel 35.3)

145 (Bi-Fuel 129)

30

£170

11E

£14,395

SE Twenty TCe 100 Bi-Fuel 4x2

42.8 (Bi-Fuel 34.0)

149 (Bi-Fuel 133)

30

£170

11E

£15,045

Prestige TCe 100 Bi-Fuel 4x2

42.8 (Bi-Fuel 34.0)

149 (Bi-Fuel 133)

30

£210

11E

£15,595


ENDS

Notes to Editors

The £594 fuel saving is based on 12,000 miles per year.

The quoted cost of LPG at 0.63p per litre is correct at time of publishing.

About Dacia

Dacia has a long history associated with Renault, the French brand first working with Dacia plants in Romania in the 1960s, before acquiring them fully in 1999. The brand concept is simple: to shake up preconceived ideas. Dacia produces spacious, robust, high-quality vehicles of original design that are affordable for everybody.                                                                               

Dacia vehicles offer exceptional value for money. Reliable and resistant, they embody the best of Renault expertise. Relaunched by parent company Groupe Renault in 2004, the Dacia range has been expanding constantly and buyers have a wide array of vehicles to choose from, ranging from Dacia Duster, a sporty all-terrain vehicle, to light commercial vehicles or family vehicles such as the Dacia Sandero and Dacia Logan MCV. The concept continues to enjoy great success with over 5.8 million Dacias sold in Europe since the brand’s revival in 2004. 

Dacia launched in the UK in January 2013 and enjoyed the most successful start ever for a new car brand in the UK. In 2019, Groupe Renault was awarded ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ at the TopGear.com annual awards.  Dacia was named Best Value Brand at the Auto Trader New Car Awards 2018, voted for by 43,000 real UK car owners. Dacia was one of only four out of 36 manufacturers to receive five-star reliability ratings in the 2017 Which? Car Survey, outperforming many well established and premium brands. The Dacia Sandero has been awarded the title of “Best Value Car less than £10,000” by What Car? for the eighth consecutive year while the Duster has won the prize for the “Best Family SUV less than £20,000” for two years running (2020, 2019). More than 150,000 Dacia vehicles have been sold in the UK to date.

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