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Renault Duster

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NEW BLOCKBUSTER SUV NOW IN SA

- A global success story, New Renault Duster is successfully spearheading Renault’s expansion trail outside Europe. Thanks to its unbeatable value-proposition, New Renault Duster is expected to meet the same success in SA.

- Boasting rugged good looks, loads of space (475lt. boot space) and real off-road capabilities, New Renault Duster is the perfect companion for active families.

- 2 engines available: 1.6 16v petrol plus the technologically advanced 1.5 dCi turbo-diesel, which makes its local debut in the Renault line-up.

- 2 trims available, both “all-inclusive”, offering an impressive list of standard specifications.
- Touchscreen navigation and multimedia system standard on the upper level Dynamique.

- 4×4 version matted with 1.5 dCi turbo-diesel, offering high-performing off-road capability.

With the launch of Renault’s new mega-offering in the C-SUV segment category, a strong Duster storm is predicted for South Africa this summer!
A global success story, New Renault Duster is the first Renault model designed and engineered to meet stringent European standards and yet capable of conquering markets where usages and road conditions are much tougher.
This down to earth SUV has successfully spearheaded Renault expansion outside Europe, with exceptional level of sales recorded in Russia, India and Brazil, which are its biggest markets.
Duster is expected to achieve the impressive figure of 400,000 sales globally in 2013.

 

RUGGED GOOD LOOKS
The bold and stylish design of New Renault Duster seems to imply: “I’m not one of these softy crossovers”. Indeed, its ground clearance, wide wheel arches, imposing chrome-plated grille and muscular lines assert the newcomer’s identity of a genuine Sports Utility Vehicle, very capable of serious off-road driving.
This hearty personality is also visible inside where New Renault Duster’s dashboard is modern, uncluttered and functional to the extreme.

PERFECT CAR FOR ACTIVE FAMILIES
At 4.32m long, 1.82m wide and with a generous wheelbase of 2.67m, the New Renault Duster offers more interior space than any other C-segment SUV. It comfortably seats up to five adults with plenty of space to spare front and back. Its boot capacity (475lt in the 4×2 configuration) is nothing short of amazing, making the storage and carriage of family luggage an absolute breeze.
As a genuine SUV, the New Renault Duster has been engineered to handle the most challenging road conditions with comfort and safety. Its high ground clearance (205 mm in 4×2, 210 mm in 4×4), its high-profile tyres and reinforced suspensions ensure high-level loose-surface ability.
“Duster is the perfect fit for South African roads as it is equally at home on highways, in suburbs as it is off the beaten track!” says Fabien Payzan, Vice-President for Marketing and Communication at Renault South Africa. “The perfect companion for active families who need their car to adapt to their outdoor activities” he adds.

 

 

 

PETROL & DIESEL POWERPLANT OPTIONS
The new Renault Duster comes with a choice of two engines: the 1.6 16 valve normally aspirated petrol and the 1.5 dCi turbo diesel. Both offer high performance yet remain the perfect fit for the consumer’s criteria of cost, reliability and easy maintenance.
• 1.6 16 Valve petrol, praised for its best-in-class reliability
Already known in Renault Mégane and Scénic, the 1.6 16v petrol has received high praise for its ultimate reliability, good level of performance and very low noise levels.
Naturally aspired, this popular powerplant produces a maximum power output of 75kW at 5 850 r/min and 145 Nm of torque at 3 750 r/min while maintaining still reasonable fuel consumption (7.5 litres/100km in the combined cycle). Its sequential multi-point injection ensures steady yet smooth response to any one of the driver’s needs.
The 1.6 16v petrol perfectly matches the natural versatility of the New Renault Duster, delivering driving pleasure and absolute peace of mind whatever the road conditions.
• 1.5 dCi Turbo-diesel, newcomer in Renault’s local line-up
Already fitted in Mégane, Scénic and Laguna models in Europe, the 1.5 dCi turbo diesel engine (code name: K9K) makes its debut in Renault’s local line-up with the New Renault Duster.
Renault’s extensive experience of Formula 1 enabled this new generation powerplant to combine capacity reduction (downsizing) with a very high level of performance.
In particular, special attention was given to the engineering of the variable-geometry low inertia turbo, while high tech surface treatment of engine components ensure reduction of internal friction and best in class efficiency.
Equipped with 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 240 Nm attained at 1 750 r/min on the 4×4 and 2 250 r/min on the 4×2.
Thanks to its manual 6-speed gearbox and to its low-end torque, the 1.5 dCi affords unparalleled driving pleasure with its extreme responsiveness in all conditions.
The 1.5 dCi boasts very low fuel consumption (5.5 litres/100km in the 4×2; 5.3 litres/100km in the 4×4) as well as reduced CO² emissions (143g/km in the 4×2 configuration and 137g/km in the 4×4).
THE “ALL INCLUSIVE” NEW RENAULT DUSTER RANGE
“With the New Renault Duster, we’ve respected the tradition of Renault models coming “all inclusive”, says Floyd Ramabulana, product manager at Renault SA.
• A fully equipped vehicle, from the base version Expression
The base version Expression catches the eyes thanks to its standard front fog lights, roof bars, body-coloured side mirrors and stylish 16” wheels.
Inside, comfort and convenience are at their best with standard manual air conditioning, front & rear power windows, remote central locking, electrically adjustable side mirrors, height adjustable steering wheel & driver seat, CD/MP 3/Radio 4x15W with satellite controls, Jack and USB ports, Bluetooth® connectivity, onboard computer and rear parking sensors.
As the perfect family car, the New Renault Duster also provides active families with unparalleled practicality with its 60/40 foldable rear bench and the numerous and large storage spaces at the front and at the back, complete with a generous boot (475 lt.).
Consistently with Renault’s worldwide reputation for safety and security, the New Renault Duster comes standard with ABS coupled with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), front driver and passenger airbag – the latter being disconnectable in case of a child seat being placed in the front passenger seat. Also, the New Renault Duster offers as standard driver and passenger head/thorax side airbags as well as height adjustable front safety belts.

Expression is offered with the 1.6 16v petrol engine, in 4×2 configuration.
• Upper level Dynamique, even richer in terms of design and smart technology
With 16” alloy wheels in tandem with a satin chrome finish on the outside door handles, roof bars, side sills, mirrors and skid plates on the outside and a black leather steering wheel and gear knob plus black gloss inserts in the dashboard, the Dynamique derivatives of the New Renault Duster push the boundaries in terms of design refinement.
Also, an integrated and intuitive touchscreen Navigation system comes standard on Dynamique. Known as MEDIA NAV, coupled with Bluetooth® connectivity, this multimedia system allows control of navigation, radio, media (portable music devices) and mobile phone (phone book & call history) directly via the 18cm touchscreen.
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.
A 4×4 VERSION BOASTING EXCELLENT OFF-ROAD CAPABILITY
The New Renault Duster 1.5 dCi Dynamique 4×4 is at ease on the most demanding off-road tracks.
Its high ground clearance (210mm.) is complemented by its favourable approach, break-over and departure angles (30, 23 and 36 degrees respectively) – all of which give this agile SUV the ability to go almost anywhere.
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).
This intuitive 4WD control system adapts to all situations and enables the driver to choose between three modes: 2WD for roads with good grip conditions (power & torque distributed to front wheels only), AUTO for potentially slippery road surfaces (detection of spinning wheels and automatic distribution of power & torque to preserve traction), and LOCK for challenging off-road tracks (permanent distribution of power & torque to the 4 wheels).
On the exterior the only differentiator between the Renault Duster 1.5 Dynamique 4×4 and its 4×2 siblings is the 4WD decal, the only addition being the 4WD mode selector in the lower centre console, located below the 18 inch touchscreen navigation.

ACCESSORIES
For the New Renault Duster owner wanting to go to the next level and customize the interior and/or exterior of his or her vehicle, a choice of Styling, Touring, Adventurer and Protection Packs are available.

 

 

 
SERVICE & WARRANTY

As is the case across Renault’s entire product range, the New Renault Duster comes standard with a 5-year/150 000km warranty. Also, all New Renault Duster variants come standard with a 3-year / 45,000km Service plan.

While services intervals are at 15 000km for both 1.6 16v petrol and 1.5 dCi engine, the New Renault Duster buyers will be pleased to know that service & maintenance costs have been tailored to be extremely competitive – in fact no higher than a regular C-hatch or C-sedan car.

Also, the availability of spare parts is not a point of concern as Renault South Africa keeps more than 17 000 parts available in its local warehouse situated in Rosslyn (Pretoria), and the company makes sure that more than 95% of these parts are delivered in less than 24h to every Renault dealer nationwide.

PRICING

- 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

 

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