Renault Duster in SA: revamped, revitalised

2015-08-26 06:00
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Sales of the 2015 Renault Duster will begin in South Africa next month.

PHOTO: sourced Sales of the 2015 Renault Duster will begin in South Africa next month.

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REVAMPED and revitalised, Renault’s facelifted Duster has arrived in South Africa. Enhanced inside and out, Renault builds on the local success of its Duster with refreshed styling, new features and improved turbo diesel.

Since its launch in 2013, Renault has sold more than 1.3 million globally and 8 000 units locally.

“The first Renault model, designed to meet stringent European standards, yet be capable of conquering international markets where usage and road conditions are considerably more rugged, and two years down the track, Duster continues to be a formidable contender in South Africa’s B-SUV segment,” said Renault.

The Duster line-up remains unchanged; two specification levels (expression and dynamique), two engine options (petrol and diesel) and two variants (4x2 and 4x4)

The 1.6 normally aspirated petrol (Expression and Dynamique 4x2) is capable of 75kW/148Nm and is mated to a five-speed manual. Fuel consumption is rated at 7.6 litres/100km with emissions of 181g/km.

The 1.5 dCi turbo diesel engine (Dynamique 4x2 and 4x4 models) is capable of 80kW/240Nm. The revised diesel outperforms its predecessor in terms of fuel efficiency, with a claimed consumption of 4.8 litres/100km (down from 5.5 litres/100km) with emissions of 127g/km (4x2) and 135g/km in 4x4 guise.

Renault maintains its Duster is quite adept as an off-roader in 4WD guise. It’s no Land Rover, but considering its price and performance the Duster is accomplished off-road.

Only 4x4s are equipped with traction control, a feature desperately needed in 4x2 variants, especially for those hoping to tackle mild off-road terrain.

The Duster is unsettled by poor terrain with plenty of driver input needed at moderate speed.

Production of the 2015 Duster has been moved from Chennai, India to Pitesti in Romania and is now manufactured at the same factory as its Sandero sibling.

Product manager at Renault SA Jeffrey Allison said: “Moving production to Pitesti provides us with the opportunity to refresh Duster within a sharper turnaround time - good for the brand and good for our customers here in SA.”


Duster 1.6 Expression 4x2 75kW petrol - R215 900

Duster 1.6 Dynamique 4x2 75kW petrol - R233 900

Duster 1.5 DCI Dynamique 4x2 80kW diesel - R254 900

Duster 1.5 DCI Dynamique 4x4 80kW diesel - R269 900.

The Duster is sold with a five-year or 150 000km mechanical warranty, a three-year or 45 000km service plan (service intervals at 15 000km) and a six-year anti-corrosion warranty.

Sales begin in September 2015.

- Wheels24

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