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Road tests and reviews of the latest Renault models available in South Africa

2016 Renault Duster

2016 Renault Duster

By Franky Johnson

Anyone and everyone in the market for an SUV offering a host of value-adds and with an affordable price tag to boot, will be impressed with the tangible advancements and enhancements made to Renault's popular Duster model. Renault Duster SUV MY16 has arrived and is ready to rock South African roads this summer.

Renault Duster's success is a global tale and with Duster driving sales in excess of 10 000 units since its September 2013 launch in SA, Duster MY16 is writing the next chapter.

The first Renault model designed to meet stringent European standards - yet be capable of conquering international markets where usage and road conditions are considerably more rugged - three years down the track, Duster continues to be a formidable contender in South Africa's B-SUV segment.

TWEAKS INSIDE & OUT

While Duster MY16 model variants remain the same, exciting new product enhancements give each a fresh new look and feel.
  • Trendy new black alloys
  • Ultra-modernised front headlamps and rear tail lights
  • Rear camera standard on Dynamique models
  • Electric rear windows now standard on Expression models
  • Drive away lock standard on all variants
  • New streamlined centre console
  • Refreshed fabric on inner seat segments and door panels underscores modern interior look and feel
  • Additional colour choices

KEY FEATURES

  • 7” MediaNav® touchscreen on-board navigation (Dynamique variants only)
  • Cruise control standard on all variants
  • Dynamique 4x4 comes with three transmission modes
  • Leather optional on all three Dynamique derivatives: the petrol-powered 1.6 4x2 and the 1.5 4x2 and 4x4 diesel derivatives
  • Rear camera standard on Dynamique models

The perfect fit for South African roads, Renault Duster MY16 is equally at home on highways, in cities and suburbs as it is off the beaten track and presses all the right buttons for a drivers with diverse demands behind the wheel.

A traditional SUV, the versatile Duster MY16 is tough, unpretentious and designed to unlock the adventurer in all of us. Rugged and reliable, Duster is just the ticket to take the family almost anywhere.

FUEL ECONOMY

As before, the upgraded Renault Duster variants come with a choice of two power plants:
  • The 1.6 77kW normally aspirated petrol engine (Expression and Dynamique 4x2 models)
  • The 1.5 dCi turbo diesel engine (Dynamique 4x2 and 4x4 models).

While this new generation engine derived from Renault’s Formula 1 engine expertise ticks all the boxes in terms of power and performance, delivering4.8 litres/100km, its fuel efficiency is unparalleled.

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