Duster keeps lower prices
The revamped model boasts some very exciting tweaks, with petrol and diesel offerings
THE new Renault Duster will be available from October 1, fully revamped seven years and over two million happy owners after its original introduction.
The Duster has new curves to give it a more assertive and robust look, but with the same compact dimensions. It also passes the Wheels demand for a full-size spare wheel, be it the 16inchers on the entry level or the 17-inch, five-spoke alloy wheels on the flagship 4x4.
Buyers can choose between Renault’s proven petrol or diesel engines, which are both truly frugal.
Renault got 7,6 l/100 km on a combined cycle. The diesel 1,5-litre common rail turbo diesel makes 80 kW and 240 Nm and the 4x2 can sip as little as 4,8 l/100km over city and longdistance roads.
Even the heavier 4x4 gets 5l /100 km, which is 20 km for every litre of diesel. The 4x4 comes with a transmission selector that sends power to the front wheels in 2WD, distributes the engine torque to any of the wheels depending on grip, and locks the power to all four wheel in lock mode.
The entry level 1,6-litre petrol engine is paired only to a fivespeed manual transmission, which ratio makes the most of the engine’s 77 kW and 148 Nm.
The diesel is paired to either a six-speed Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) automatic gearbox or a six-speed manual box.
The flagship Duster, the 1,5 dCI Dynamique with all-wheel drive, makes short work of rough farm roads on its 210 mm ride height, and in the veld the approach, break-over and departure angles (30, 23 and 35 degrees, respectively) allow the Duster to get almost anywhere.
Inside is a new dashboard, more enveloping cloth seats, and all the usual storage spaces Renault is famous for.
The list of standard features includes 16-inch steel wheels on the petrol and black alloy wheels on the diesel, ABS with EBD, power-assisted steering, onboard computer, two front and two side airbags, electric windows front and rear, electric mirrors, remote central locking, reverse parking sensors, front fog lamps, roof rails, Cruise Control, and fingertip audio controls.
Options are leather seats, 17inch alloy wheels, reverse camera, seven-inch touchscreen with Me-diaNav entertainment and builtin sat-nav.
Renault has kept the agressive pricing that made the Duster so popular, leaving in the, well, dust competitors like the slightly smaller Hyundai Creta, Ford Ecosport and Nissan Juke, as well as the slightly bigger Toyota RAV4 and VW Tiquan.
For my money, the Duster’s only serious competitors come from the formidable Haval H6, which still sells at a discount because it has not yet proven itself, and Mahindra’s TUV300 1,5 diesel, a much underrated SUV.
The Duster’s prices include a five-year or 150 000 km mechanical warranty, a three-year or 45 000 km service plan, with service intervals at 15 000 km.
Prices for the five models on offer start at R246 900 for the entry level 1,6 16v 4x2 Expression, and top out at R312 900 for the 1,5 dCi 4x4.
Renault dealers are offering a chance to win R10 000 to people who test drive the Duster. Terms and conditions apply.
Making dust to explore interesting places is what the Renault Duster is all about.