Renault dusts off facelifted Duster


Introduced to huge local acclaim two years ago, Renault South Africa has given its entry level Duster SUV a mid-life facelift with the addition of a few cosmetic tweaks and interior upgrades.

Compared to the pre-facelift Duster, the newcomer, now sourced from the official Dacia plant in Pitesti, Romania instead of the Chennai plant in India, features a redesigned grille with chrome plated horizontal strip, revised headlights, new roof rails, body coloured mirrors, new alloy wheels and standard rear parking sensors on all models.

Interior and comfort changes are more substantial and include patterned fabric seats, standard cruise control across the board, a seven-inch MediaNav navigation system on high spec models as well as leather trim, and a three mode transmission setting on four-wheel drive derivatives.

Comprising again of four models in two trim levels, the Duster remains unchanged mechanically with the base engine continuing to be a 1.6-litre petrol that churns out 75 kW and 145 N.m of torque. A five-speed manual gearbox again sends power to the front wheels with combined fuel consumption being rated at 7.5 L/100 km.

Reserved for the range topping Dynamique model in either front-or-four-wheel drive, the popular 1.5 dCi turbodiesel produces 80 kW and 240 N.m of torque, harnessed through a six-speed manual box. Combined fuel consumption is a claimed 5.5 L/100 km for the 4x2 and 5.3 L/100 km for the 4x4.

A five year / 100 000 km warranty and three year / 45 000 km service plan is standard on all models.



1.6 Expression 75 kW / 145 N.m R215 900
1.6 Dynamique 75 kW / 145 N.m R233 900
1.5 dCi Dynamique 80 kW / 240 N.m R254 900
1.5 dCi Dynamique 4x4 80 kW / 240 N.m R269 900