Renault has made the timely decision of giving the motoring public what they want – an automatic diesel Duster, at a very competitive price.
Words by Stephen Smith
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The popular and very affordable family SUV has been a good seller for Renault since introduced locally in 2013, selling an average of over 260 units a month. In October 2016 ‘phase 2’ of the Duster arrived in South Africa, with a new grille and headlights, LED daytime running lights, black alloy wheels and a few other cosmetic touches, as well as an updated interior.
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Now an automatic, Efficient Dual Clutch model has arrived, to round off the range. Available only with a diesel engine and in 4×2, the new model is priced at R299 900. While the EDC gearbox has been around for a while in other models, it is at its best in the Duster and we were very impressed with how it performed. Renault promise responsiveness and fuel efficiency of a manual gearbox, and they’re not wrong, with claimed fuel consumption of 4.8L/100km, the same as the manual dCi version. The 1.5-litre diesel engine actually generates 10Nm more than the manual, with figures of 250Nm and 80kW.
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At the moment there are no plans to bring in a 4×4 EDC model, but this may change if there is sufficient demand from the public.
Major selling points of the Duster range include the huge, 475-litre boot, the generous trim levels and the 205mm ground clearance (210mm on 4×4 models), all at an affordable price point.
- Duster 1.6 Expression 4×2 77kW petrol R 239 900
- Duster 1.6 Dynamique 4×2 77kW petrol R 259 900
- Duster 1.5 dCi Dynamique 4×2 80kW diesel R 279 900
- Duster 1.5 dCi Dynamique EDC 80kW diesel R 299 900
- Duster 1.5 dCi Dynamique 4×4 80kW diesel R 304 900
The prices include a 5-year/150 000km warranty and 3-year/45 000km service plan.