Auto model added to DUSTER RANGE
Renault South Africa has expanded its Duster range from four to five models with the addition of a 1.5-litre turbodiesel with an automatic transmission. The updated MY2016 Duster range initially featured two petrol and two diesel models, with the top-of-the-range Duster 1.5 dCi Dynamique being fitted with AWD. Featuring the Dynamique trim and two-wheel drive, the recently added Duster is known as the EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) model and sits just below the range-topping 4×4 Duster. The EDC has, as its name suggests, a six-speed automatic gearbox with two clutches for optimised efficiency, with the ideal gear selected via an electronic control unit. Renault claims that this dry dual-clutch system offers flexibility and fuel efficiency, combing the comfort of an automatic and the responsiveness of a manual. The auto transmission is mated exclusively to the 1.5 dCi engine with an output of 80kW and 250Nm, and the manufacturer claims a fuelconsumption figure of just 4.8 litres per 100km. ABS, emergency brake assist and front and side airbags come standard in the Duster Model range, with ESP with traction control on the 4×4 and 4×2 EDC.