The popular Renault Duster will be replaced with an all-new version which will be available in local showrooms from the 1 October 2018, according to Renault South Africa.
With over a 2-million units sold globally since its launch, the Renault Duster has proven popular thanks to a combination of value-for-money, capability and practicality. Now, the latest version of the Duster is headed for South Africa and will be offered with both petrol and diesel engines. The diesel-powered Duster will be offered with either a manual or EDC transmission as well as in 4x4 guise.
A revised design and bolder grille will give the Duster some added visual appeal.
The all-new Duster will wear a new grille with LED daytime running lights and revised scratch resistant skid plates. Other key exterior features include new 17-inch alloy wheels, new-look rear lights and a wider rear skid plate which adds to the Duster's rugged appeal. The windscreen has been repositioned and sits 100 mm forward to increase cabin space. The look is rounded off with new aluminium roof bars. The new Duster has a ground clearance of 210mm with higher approach and departure angles while the introduction of Hill Descent Control on the 4x4 Duster will further enhance its capability in the rough stuff.
Renault has also improved interior material quality and the new Duster will feature a revised dashboard design with additional air vents and updated switchgear. Other features you can expect in the new Duster include a multi-view camera, blind spot warning, automatic climate control and keyless entry. Renault South Africa, however, has yet to release official information regarding engines and specification for the South African market.
Interior material quality has been improved and a new dashboard and switchgear design is also expected.
Much of the Duster's success in South Africa can be partly attributed to the fact that the Duster is one of the only compact family cars, apart from the Suzuki Vitara, to be offered in 4-wheel drive guise, making it an ideal vehicle for active families. The Duster also features generous specification and along with competitive pricing, it has managed to do good business on local soil. Renault South Africa will likely adopt the same value-for-money strategy for the new Duster and if the exchange rate complies, the Duster's success is bound to continue when the new model arrives in October 2018.
We'll keep you posted if any further updates are released.