Renault Duster Goes Automatic

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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Renault Duster interior

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.

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