Renault have finally launched their Small SUV offering.
The Duster comes either as the base model 1.6 Expression 4×2 priced at R194,900 with a 16valve 1.6 petrol engine producing 75kW and 145Nm or a 4×4 1.5d Ci turbo diesel.
Standard features include air conditioning, ABS with EBD, power-assisted steering, six-function on-board computer, front and side airbags, electric windows front and rear, electric mirrors, remote central locking, reverse parking sensors, front fog lamps, roof rails, body-coloured door handles and mirrors, 16 inch wheels, CD/MP3/radio with Bluetooth® connectivity, fingertip audio controls .
The diesel has a common rail 1,600 bar pressure coupled with piezoelectric injectors, the 1.5 dCi delivers an excellent power output of 80kW with peak torque rating of 240Nm attained at 1 750 rpm on the 4×4 and 2 250 rpm on the 4×2.
The upper trim Dynamique is offered with both 1.6 16v petrol engine and 1.5 dCi turbo diesel engine, the latter giving the choice of 4×2 or 4×4 transmission.
The gear ratio setting of the manual 6-speed gearbox, specific to the 4×4 version, also plays a crucial part with a short first gear (5.79 km/h at 1 000 r/min) allowing one to negotiate even the most extreme off-road conditions, traversing steep, carrying heavy loads or towing, without damaging or possibly burning the clutch. A perfect fit with the 1.5 dCi which low-end torque ensures steady response in all situations.
The New Renault Duster 1.5 dCi Dynamique 4×4 is equipped with ESP (Electronic Stability Program) and a high-performing 4WD control system, derived from Nissan (in the frame of the Renault-Nissan Alliance).
– 1.6 Expression 4×2 R194 900
– 1.6 Dynamique 4×2 R204 900
– 1.5 dCi Dynamique 4×2 R219 900
– 1.5 dCi Dynamique 4×4 R239 900