Brian Joss –
Renault’s popular sports utility vehicle (SUV), the Duster, which has been revamped inside and out , goes on sale at the beginning of September.
The Renault Duster has sold more than 8 000 units since its launch in this country in September two years ago and it continues to be a formidable contender in the B-SUV segment, Renault said..
Renault Duster’s model line-up remains unchanged:the petrol derivatives are the Duster 1.6 Express and the Dynamique while the two diesel versions are powered by a 1.5 motor.
A traditional SUV, the Duster was nominated as one of 11 finalists in the WesBank/South African Guild of Motoring Journalists 2015 Car of the Year competition,
Production of the 2015 Renault Duster model has been moved from Chennai, India to Pitesti in Romania and is now being manufactured in the same plant as its highly successful and equally popular Renault Sandero sibling.
Exterior upgrades include a chrome-plated horizontal strip section on the radiator grille with Renault’s diamond centrepiece now set into two strips instead of three; chunky new roof bars with Duster name etched into the aluminium insets and rear parking distance control sensors standard across the range.
Inside, funky patterned fabric replaces previously plain fabric on inner seat segments and door panels.
Other features include a 7” MediaNav® touch screen on-board navigation (Dynamique variants only), cruise control now standard on all variants while the Dynamique 4×4 comes with three transmission modes.
The latest Renault Duster 1.5 dCi 80kW Dynamique 4×2, however, outperforms its predecessor in terms of fuel efficiency delivering 4.8 litres/100km compared to 5.5 litres/100km previously, Renault claimed.