Renault has reshaped the Duster with more aggressive lines to give visual confirmation to its SUV status and to modernise the overall look in line with fashion trends in the segment.
With more than two million cars sold globally and 15 000 units sold in South Africa since its initial launch, the new Renault Duster builds on and reinforces existing strengths.
The new Renault Duster boasts exterior styling delivering a distinctly assertive and robust look, highlighting its SUV pedigree. Visually more muscular, the design tone is set by the more aggressive lines and a more expressive front and rear.
The Duster’s stance is emphasised by its bold, more horizontal lines, 16-inch or new 17-inch wheels, more prominent aluminium roof bars and front and rear skid plates. The chrome trim of the grille, alongside a raised waistline and the powerful C-shaped light signature complete image.
Travelling comfort is heightened by the newly designed and more enveloping seats, numerous easily accessible stowage spaces and improved accessibility of controls and amongst others, an enhanced Multimedia experience.
It also offers a modular interior layout with the rear bench seat featuring a 1/3 – 2/3 split-fold function, while the boot boasts loading capacity of up to 478 litres.
The New Duster offers a multitude of active and passive safety technology as standard across the range, such as anti-lock braking with EBD in conjunction with EBA.
Rear Park Distance Control enables easier parking manoeuvres by warning the driver of obstacles situated behind the vehicle and Hill Start Assist, triggered by taking one’s foot off the brake, takes over the vehicle by holding it steady for two seconds, allowing the driver to accelerate normally without stalling or rolling back.
The Duster comes with two fuel options and three engine options.
There is a choice between the 1,6-litre 16V and two versions of the 1.5 dCi turbo engine. The Diesel 1.5 dCi 4×2’s engine has outputs of 66 kW and 210 Nm and consumes just 5,1 l/100 km. The 4×2 EDC and 4×4 Manual versions have outputs of 80 kW and 250 Nm with claimed consumption of 4,.8 l/100 km.
The 6-speed Dual-Clutch EDC Automatic gearbox is now available with the 1.5 dCi Diesel engine. Upshifting is fast and smooth, with no jerking or loss in acceleration, with fuel consumption is comparable to that of the manual.
As is standard across Renault’s entire product range, the new Renault Duster comes standard with a 5-year/150 000 km mechanical warranty and a 6-year anti-corrosion warranty. Services take place at 15 000 km intervals and a standard 3-year/45 000 km service plan applies.
RECOMMENDED RETAIL PRICING
• NEW Renault DUSTER 1.6 Expression 4X2 R249 900
• NEW Renault DUSTER 1.5 dCi Dynamique 4×2 R282 900
• NEW Renault DUSTER 1.5 dCi Dynamique EDC 4×2 R316 900
• NEW Renault DUSTER 1.5 dCi Dynamique 4×4 R321 900
• NEW Renault DUSTER 1.5 dCi Prestige EDC 4×2 R334 900