JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Renault’s Duster SUV range has a new sister – a TechRoad version with model-specific features that include, its maker says, a robust appearance, ”high end” equipment, and excellent ground clearance.
Included in the package are a rear camera, 17” wheel rims, the 21cm ground clearance, a suite of crash avoidance/mitigation features, and a possible 4.89 litres/100km fuel consumption.
And before reading on for more, Renault Duster prices start at R278 900 with the new TechRoad clocking in at R316 900 and the maker says the Duster ”is a genuine SUV but its versatility makes it comfortable for everyday driving”.
The latest Duster TechRoad, however, is said to have reinforced the range’s existing SUV properties as ”an extremely capable SUV, tough, simple, and reliable, yet very accessible based on price”.
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Immediately apparent on the new model are its blue-capped, 17″, diamond-cut wheel rims silver roof rails, and front and rear skid plates. The chromed grille separates C-shaped light clusters and the shell carries distinctive TechRoad badging, black external mirrors, and patterned door-striping.
Off-road approach and departure angles have been calculated at 30° and 34° respectively. The cabin is said to be spacious and passenger-friendly and hosts number of stowage spaces. Luggage space employs a splittable folding rear seat, the cargo volume rated at 478 litres.
DIESEL OR PETROL
Satnav is standard, as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto through a smartphone and voice commands. Auto aircon, speed limiter and cruise control are standard along with parking radar and hill-start assistance,
The Duster offers diesel or petrol engines: the diesel 1.5 dCi 4×2’s engine makes 66kW/210Nm and 5.1 litres/100km; the 4×2 EDC and 4×4 manual are capable of 80kW and 250Nm with 4.8 litres/100km possible.
A six-speed autobox is available with the 1.5 dCi – with the bonus of a possible 4.8 litres/100km.
All units will be delivered with a five-year or 150 000km* mechanical warranty and a six-year anti-corrosion warranty. Services at 15 000km intervals through a three-year or 45 000km* service plan
*Whichever comes first.
…AND SO TO THE PRICES
2020 Renault Duster 1.6 Expression 4×2 – R278 900
2020 Renault1.5 dCi TechRoad 4×2 – R316 900
2020Renault 1.5 dCi TechRoad EDC 4×2 – R350 900
2020Renault1.5 dCi Dynamique 4×4 – r350 900
2020Renault1.5 dCi Prestige EDC 4×2 – R363 900
Metallic paint – R2522
Leather seats (model dependent) – R10 088