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Put the larger split rear seat flat and you can load a double bass flat in the back of a Renault Duster. Put the bass on its side and you can fit in a string quartet, including the cello. This was not possible in the old shape X-Trail, then considered the king of cargo.
If the reader suspects the writer has first-hand knowledge of the Renault Duster, this is true.
The French automaker has done it again as the all-new Renault Duster TechRoad looks incredible and so does the price and all the features. It adds even further impetus to the already impressive range especially considering the successful launch of the new Renault Duster SUV in 2018 and the 4×4 version not too long ago.
South Africans seem to love SUVs more than most and with options like the new Renault Duster, this competitive segment has reached a boiling point. At first glance, the second generation Renault Duster may look similar to the current model but it has more finesse and a touch of modernity. Over and above the exterior design, performance is impressive and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the economy, especially considering the price of fuel nowadays.
If there is one thing that South African motorists are renowned for, it’s being unwilling to compromise on the tenacity of their SUVs. Yes, we realise that there’s a fine line to walk between the aesthetics of a city-roaming vehicle and the go-getter attitude of a utility vehicle that can hold its own on the varied terrain sunny South Africa will throw at it, but we tend to like our bread buttered on both sides. Fortunately, Renault has never shied away from a design challenge.
Judging from global sales reaching two million and 15 000 in South Africa, the Renault Duster has certainly made an impact since its inception seven years ago. The second generation Duster looks even more impressive and is comprehensively one of the toughest and most affordable SUVs in its class.
Since its launch in 2013 the Renault Duster has been a regular sight on South African roads thanks to its distinctive looks and popularity with SA drivers looking for a well-priced, reliable, economical and safe SUV. This popularity was even given a bit of a boost in 2016 with the small yet significant facelift that ensured that the vehicles looks stayed updated and even more attractive. This year (2017) however, a new addition has been made to the range, and it goes far beyond just pure looks, as Renault South Africa has introduced its first Duster automatic derivative.
How tough you ask? Well how about the fact that a Renault Duster was driven by a 58 year old computer scientist from the French coast, all of the way to the Steppes of Mongolia. This 5 month journey spanned numerous countries and covered a distance of 38 000km, and not once was there a single issue encountered by Caroline Urso as she well and truly put the Duster through its paces.
The dazzling new 2016 Renault Duster is a rare commodity in the automotive industry, as it a vehicle that personifies both elegance and strength while remaining exceptionally reliable and super economical. It is a SUV that has helped usher in a renaissance in the South African motor industry thanks to its impressive vehicle dimensions and performance which we have covered below: