Renault Duster 4x4: What to expect?

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The new Renault Duster range has arrived in South Africa, but the flagship 4x4 derivative has not joined the line-up... yet. Here's what you can expect when it arrives in early 2019.

The new Renault Duster has been well received since it was launched in South Africa at the end of September 2018. However, the eagerly anticipated flagship 4x4 derivative will only be making landfall in 2019. We can bring you some details regarding its 4x4 credentials.

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The Renault Duster 4x4 will be powered by a 1.5-litre turbodiesel engine that develops peak outputs of 80 kW and 250 Nm of torque. Power will go to all 4 wheels by default, with the vehicle deciding which axle requires power and torque. At the turn of a rotary dial located between the driver and passenger seats, you can choose between a  pure 2-wheel drive mode, as well a 4-Wheel Drive Lock mode, which splits the torque equally between the front and back axles. There's no low-range transfer case, but we reckon the first gear ratio should be sufficient for mild off-road conditions.

Furthermore, the top-of-range Duster will offer 210 mm of ground clearance, plus approach and departure angles of 30 and 33 degrees respectively. Renault has fitted the new Duster 4x4 with Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist. Inside the Duster 4x4's cabin, you will notice a 4x4 monitor which boasts a compass and vehicle angle data. Final specification and price will be announced at the vehicle's launch in 2019.

Renault Duster 4x4 in action

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