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.
Cue: The Renault Duster – the mini-SUV with the heart of an off-roading giant. Aside from being one of the most affordable all-wheel-drive vehicles available on the market, the Duster is also renowned for being able to take on sandy coastal tracks and vast network of gravel roads throughout SA. It also happens to be very nice to look at, which is why it has become one of the quintessential compact SUVs of its day.
The latest upgrades to this much-loved Renault model has only served to endear it the motoring public even further. From a looks point of view, there as has been a few nips and tucks, including a lovely new grille and headlights, as well as sleek 17″ alloys on the diesel models. Currently, the five-derivative range boasts four diesel models that offer impressive fuel consumption, which comes in at an average of 4.8L/100 km when driven with restraint.
Naturally, the existing comfort features have also been kicked up a notch. A new multi-view camera system, blind spot detector and warning sensor make it far easier to navigate urban as well as rural spaces; while the all-wheel-drive derivative has also been fitted with hill-descent control to boost its off-roading ability.
DID YOU KNOW? The notion of all-wheel drive dates back to 1893, when it was designed and patented by Bramah Joseph Diplock. Not long after, in 1903, the first four-wheel drive car with an internal combustion engine was produced by Jacobus and Hendrik-Jan Spijker of Amsterdam. They called their 2-seater sports car the Spyker.
Sound good? How about getting behind the wheel of the new Renault Duster and getting a feel for it yourself? Simply get in touch with your closest Renault branch to test drive the current models we have on offer. In the meantime, keep an eye on the blog in coming weeks and months as we share more insider info on what lies ahead for Groupe Renault, both locally and around the globe.