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Renault Duster: Higher ride, latest features, for city and way-out-there

  • More ground clearance for off-tar travel
  • New high-tech features for sound and satnav
  • Everyday ride – or head out in to the bush
2019 RENAULT DUSTER TECHROAD: Image: Renault SA

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – The launch of an all-new Renault Duster SUV range in October 2018 led, the automaker says, ”to a resounding success with a 50% increase in Duster sales”. Now two more models have been added…

New to the range this month (July 2019) is a Duster TechRoad model. It replaces the Dynamique 4×2 and comes with these ”enhancements”:

  • Latest exterior styling ‘with a robust off-roader look’
  • All new interior, new equipment, more comfort
  • Smart features now include a rear-view.
  • The 17” wheel rims are diamond-cut with red hubcaps
  • ”All-terrain” ground clearance of 21cm
  • Possible fuel consumption 4.8 litres/100km

Prices start at R255 900.

2019 RENAULT DUSTER TECHROAD: Image: Renault SA

The SUV range was launched in 2003 and has reached more than two-million sales globally (about 17 000 in South Africa).

‘GENUINE SUV’

Now here is a complete revamp with all-new exterior body-styling and what Renault describes as ”a high-quality, totally redesigned, interior for a comfortable and user-friendly cabin experience”.

Renault also describes the vehicle as ”a genuine SUV, versatile and comfortable for everyday driving but with feel of a 4×4, tough, simple and reliable, yet very accessible based on the value proposition”.

Renault adds the the 2019 Duster is visually more muscular and assertive, a wider rear ”heightening the impression of stability”. There are new 17″ Diamond Cut wheel rims, prominent silver roof-rails, and front/rear underbody protection plates.

2019 RENAULT DUSTER TECHROAD: Image: Renault SA

”The TechRoad’s exterior, specifically, has been enhanced with distinctive badging and red strips along the doors and a new body colour, red, is bound to be popular.

ALL-NEW CABIN

”It’s improved off-road ability thanks to a class-leading ground clearance of 21cm and approach and departure angles of 30° and 34° respectively.

”The cabin has been completely re-designed and has high-quality upholstery with red detailing and striking red finishes. Particular ergonomic emphasis has been placed on the facia which now has a strong ergonomic design.”

The rear bench seat can be split 1/3 or 2/3; the boot has a ”best-in-class” loading capacity 478 litres.

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Also offered are satnav and smartphone acceptance for Apple Car{lay and Android Auto which will run with the car’s computer interface: onboard music, navigation, and communicates with voice commands available. Automatic cabin operation covers aircon, speed limiter and cruise control.

Active and passive crash avoidance/mitigation includes anti-lock brakes with electronic pressure distribution and emergency fluid pressure. Less drastic are rear parking radar, and gradient start assistance.

AND THE ENGINES…

The 2019 Duster range has two fuel options and three engine options, including a diesel model – 1.6, 1.6 quad-valve, and a 1.5 dCi turbo. The diesel 1.5 dCi 4×2’s engine can make 66kW/210Nm and manage (depending on driver) 5.1 litres/100km. The 4×2 EDC and 4×4 manual versions offer outputs 80kW/250Nm and 260Nm respectively, with 4.8 litres/100km said to be possible.

2019 RENAULT DUSTER TECHROAD: Image: Renault SA

A six-speed, dual-clutch, autobox is now available for the 1.5 dCi diesel with fuel consumption comparable to that of the manual.

…AND THE 2019 PRICES

Renault Duster 1.6 Expression 4×2 – R255 900
Renault Duster 1.5 dCi TechRoad 4×2 – R293 900
Renault Duster 1.5 dCi TechRoad  EDC 4×2 – R327 900
Renault Duster 1.5 dCi Dynamique  4×4 – R327 900
Duster 1.5dCi Prestige EDC 4×2 – R340 900

Options include metallic paint (R2522) and leather upholstery R10 088

…AND THE WARRANTY

All units will be delivered with a five-year or 150 000km mechanical warranty and a six-year anti-corrosion warranty. Service intervals 15 000km, standard three-year or 45 000km service plan applies.

2019 RENAULT DUSTER TECHROAD: Image: Renault SA
2019 RENAULT DUSTER TECHROAD: Image: Renault SA

 

 

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