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Renault Duster

Motoring Review

 A runaway local success with over 15 000 units sold since its debut in 2013, Renault South Africa has now officially announced pricing and spec details for the all-new second generation Duster.

 

First shown in the run-up to the Frankfurt Motor Show last year in Dacia guise, the Duster made its local debut at the Festival of Motoring at Kyalami last month, with a noticeably more upmarket, yet still rugged appearance Renault claims “redefines tough”. Continuing to ride on the same B0 platform as before, the Duster measures 4.3m long and 1.8m wide with Renault claiming a ground clearance of 210mm for all models, and a total boot space of 478-litres or up to 1 623-litres with the rear seats folded flat.

In addition to its new, chunkier exterior, the interior is also new with not only upgraded materials and finishes, but also redesigned air-conditioning switches, three centrally placed vents, a new steering wheel and more immediately, the revised MediaNav infotainment system that has been raised and no longer sits at the base of the centre console as before.

Along with its new suite and interior, Renault has given the Duster’s list of safety and driver assistance systems a rework, with new items being a multi-view camera system, Hill Descent Control on all four-wheel drive models, Hill Start Assist and Blind Spot Monitoring.

 

With a model range consisting out of five models, Renault has opted to keep the Duster’s engine choices unchanged, although with the popular 1.5 dCi turbodiesel motor being used on four variants. Limited to the entry-level Expression, petrol power is provided by the normally aspirated 1.6 that produces 77kW/148Nm, once again mated to a five-speed manual gearbox with a claimed fuel consumption of 7.6-litres/100km.

 

Now relegated to mid-spec status, the Dynamique can be had with front-or-all-wheel drive, with a choice of either the six-speed manual or six-speed EDC gearbox. Retaining the 1.5-litre oil burner as mentioned, Renault has however retuned the motor for use in the manual two-wheel drive variant, with power dropping from 80kW to 66kW, and torque from 250Nm to 210Nm.

 

For EDC and four-wheel drive models though, the motor continues with the higher output although as before, buyers opting for the self-shifter will have to make do with front-wheel drive only. At the sharp-end, the new Prestige trim is restricted the EDC ‘box with fuel consumption being rated at 4.8-litres/100km.

 

A five year/150 000km warranty and three year/45 000km service plan is standard on all models.

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