Renault South Africa has quietly introduced a limited edition version of its small Duster SUV. Let’s see what the Explore derivative is all about.
The Duster has proven quite popular in our market and, on average, a few hundred new examples leave local Renault showrooms every month. The range varies from petrol front-wheel drive versions to turbodiesel 4x4s, so there are quite a few options to choose from. One of the Cars.co.za team members recently spotted a car transporter truck loaded with half a dozen blue Dusters bearing discrete Explore badges. Subsequent investigation revealed that the limited-edition Renault Duster Explore derivative is now available in South Africa.
What’s special about it?
The Renault Duster Explore is available in four colours: white, platinum silver, black and blue, which are not available on the standard Duster. The Duster Explore features bespoke rugged-looking 16-inch alloy wheels, black protective wheel-arch cladding, Explore badges and a stainless steel nudge bar.
The vehicle also gains a reverse-view camera, rear park assist and cruise control, which makes it appear to be more comprehensively equipped than the current top-of-the-range 1.5dci 4x4. It also features a touchscreen multimedia system with built-in navigation.
Powering the Renault Duster Explore is a 1.6-litre petrol motor that produces 77 kW and 148 Nm. Power is directed to the front wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission and the fuel economy figure is a claimed 7.6 L/100 km. Like its siblings, the Duster Explore also features the same level of safety and comes with 4 airbags and ABS-equipped brakes.
Renault Duster Explore Price in South Africa
The Renault Duster Explore costs R258 900 and this price includes a 3-year/45 000 km service plan, 5-year/150 000 km warranty and a six-year anti-corrosion protection.