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:
The 2016 Renault Duster is most certainly a force to be reckoned with. A real competitor in the SUV market, it is also very attractive from a price point of view. It’s slogan, “time for tough”, means there is quite a lot to live up to, and it is safe to say that on every level it does! It handles the rugged outdoors just as well and smooth city roads, and no matter where you are you can trust Renault’s reputation when it comes to safety standards. Renault has an exemplary track record, and the Duster is no exception.
Originally developed for ice racing in the Andros Trophy championships, the Renault Duster means business right out the gate. Marketed under various badges in the UK, Russia, India, South America and others, this cross-over has ruggedly powerful written all over it – in any language you’d care to name. It is the perfect companion for a vibrant, adventurous spirit, whatever form your personal adventure happens to take.