Leisure Wheels (South Africa) - - NEWS -

One of our favourite SUVs is set to be re­placed shortly but we got a sneak pre­view of it at the Fes­ti­val of Mo­tor­ing.

Yes, folks, the new Duster is com­ing at the end of the month and we’re get­ting one as a long- ter­mer, so ex­pect to see it in the pages of this mag reg­u­larly.

At the time of go­ing to print, the fi­nal de­tails weren’t yet ironed out but pric­ing-wise we’re bet­ting on a sim­i­lar strat­egy as be­fore. It is ba­si­cally the same car, if a bit more re­fined this time around.

The en­gine line-up has been car­ried over from the pre­vi­ous-gen­er­a­tion model. The 4x2 petrol model will be pow­ered by a 1.6-litre nat­u­rally as­pi­rated petrol en­gine, while the 4x4 model will be equipped with a 1.5-litre dCi unit mated to a six-speed man­ual gear­box.

The off-road fig­ures are im­pres­sive, with the new Duster fea­tur­ing 210mm of ground clear­ance and an ap­proach and depar­ture an­gle of 30 and 33 de­grees re­spec­tively. Hill de­scent con­trol and Hill Start As­sist are both in­cluded as stan­dard in the new car.

Pric­ing was not fi­nalised at the time of go­ing to print, but will be in­cluded in the next is­sue of the mag­a­zine.

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