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Renault Duster: Hoping to clean up in SA… on- and off-road

  • Flagship Renault update for SA off-roading
  • Manual or auto – diesel or petrol power
  • Seven years old – so now all growed up
2018 RENAULT DUSTER. Image: Renault SA / Quickpic
2018 RENAULT DUSTER. Image: Renault SA / Quickpic

RENAULT sees its Duster SUV as a flagship model – especially with more than two-million of them with front or all-wheel drive wearing rubber into the world’s roads.

The brand is looking for even more success with the model in these images: the 2018 version of the all-roader described by the French automaker as an ” unstoppable SUV now fully revamped seven years after its introduction”.

The vehicles have, however, had updates during those seven years,though it only arrived in SA from India a couple of years after the global launch.

2018 RENAULT DUSTER. Image: Renault SA / Quickpic
2018 RENAULT DUSTER. Image: Renault SA / Quickpic

Whatever, Renault says the 2018 Duster ”builds on and reinforces” the Duster’s strengths and, the automaker says, its DNA continues at its core to underpin ”an extremely capable SUV, tough, simple and reliable, yet accessible based on value”. (See prices below.)

BOLD RUGGED STANCE

The 2018 Duster has, Renault says, all-new exterior styling that has ”a distinctly assertive and robust look, highlighting its SUV pedigree” within the same dimensions as its predecessor.

”The expressive front and rear,” it claims, ”has heightened the impression of stability, its rugged stance is emphasised by bold, more horizontal, lines, new 17″ wheel rims ensure a more assertive profile, new aluminium roof-bars are more prominent, and front and rear skid-plates support its adventurer credentials.”

2018 RENAULT DUSTER. Image: Renault SA / Quickpic
2018 RENAULT DUSTER. Image: Renault SA / Quickpic

Ground clearance is 210mm, the approach and departure angles are higher, and hill-descent control has been introduced for the 4×4 version.

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The vehicle is also said to offer a step-up in quality with an upgraded interior ”for a more comfortable and user-friendly cabin experience”. The facia has been totally redesigned with the intent being a more status-enhancing and ergonomic interior.

2018 RENAULT DUSTER. Image: Renault SA / Quickpic
2018 RENAULT DUSTER. Image: Renault SA / Quickpic

Travelling comfort is also further heightened by the newly designed and more enveloping seats, numerous easily accessible stowage spaces and improved accessibility of controls, and amongst others, an enhanced Multimedia experience.

The New Duster is distinct through its range of high-class equipment to facilitate everyday driving, such as a multi-view camera; Blind Spot Warning; Automatic Climate Control; Hill Descent Control and Keyless Entry.

2018 RENAULT DUSTER. Image: Renault SA / Quickpic
2018 RENAULT DUSTER. Image: Renault SA / Quickpic

The New Renault Duster will be available in South Africa from October 1, 2018, with either a petrol or diesel engines – the diesel equipped with a manual or auto 4×4 transmission.

And the final word from the Renault media release: ”The all-new Renault Duster has a bolder personality, inside and out, and is now way better-equipped to take the SUV market by storm.”

2018 RENAULT DUSTER. Image: Renault SA / Quickpic
2018 RENAULT DUSTER. Image: Renault SA / Quickpic

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