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2018-09-26 12:05
2018 Renault Duster

Image: Renault SA


The All-New Renault Duster is here, and it’s obvious to see why it’s been deemed ‘The unstoppable SUV' with improved design and fuel consumption.

 • New exterior styling 
 • Enhanced interior design 
 • Class-leading Ground Clearance of 210mm
 • Frugal fuel consumption from only 4.8L/100km 
 • Priced from R249 900

With more than two million cars sold globally, the Duster has been revamped seven years after its original release. The All-New Renault Duster boasts new exterior styling, redesigned interior and new equipment.   

The Duster has proved to be extremely popular in the SA market with more than 15 000 units sold to date since its initial launch.

Visually it’s more muscular with assertive lines and a more expressive front and rear, heightening the impression of stability.

GALLERY: 2018 Renault Duster

It gains new wheels, more prominent aluminium roof bars as well as front and rear skid plates that support its adventurer credentials. It gains  chromed trim along the grille and a new C-shaped light signature.

The New Renault Duster now has even greater off-road capabilities with its class-leading ground clearance of 210mm, with approach and departure angles suited for all terrain driving.


The interior of the new Duster is marked by a bright and spacious cabin. The upholstery features a high-quality finish, as does the dashboard. 

It features redesigned, more enveloping seats, more stowage spaces and improved accessibility of controls and an enhanced Multimedia experience.

2018 Renault Duster interior

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The rear bench has a 1/3 – 2/3 split-fold function, while the boot boasts a loading capacity of up to 478-litres. 

The SUV has keyless entry with a hands-free card that automatically unlocks the doors as one approaches the vehicle and automatically locks the car as you walk away. A handy stop start button allows for the convenience of just pressing a button to start or stop the vehicle without necessitating direct use of the key card.

It’s also fitted with blind spot warning, automatic aircon, speed limiter and cruise control.

Off-road prowess

For off-road prowess it’s fitted with Hill Descent Control (4x4 variannt) and multi-view camera for easy visibility of the front, rear or side terrain, triggered by the reverse gear or by a simple touch of the dedicated button.

The innovative 4x4 monitor allows one to even check the pitch and roll angles of the Duster at any given time.
With the Transmission Mode Selector (4x4 version), the driver is able to switch between three driving modes: 
• 2WD Mode where the engine torque is distributed to the front wheels, 
• Automatic Mode allowing distribution of engine torque over the 4 wheels 
• Lock Mode for engine torque distribution to all four wheels.
The New Duster offers a multitude of advanced active and passive safety technology as standard across the range, such as ABS with EBD in conjunction with EBA (Emergency Brake Assist).

2018 Renault Duster

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Rear Park Distance Control enables easier parking manoeuvres by warning the driver of obstacles situated behind the vehicle by a sequence of beeps which speed up the closer you are to them.

Hill Start Assist, triggered by taking one’s foot off the brake, takes over the vehicle by holding it steady for 2 seconds, allowing the driver to accelerate normally without stalling or rolling back.

It’s available with two fuel options and three engine options. There is a choice between the 1.6L 16V and two versions of the incredible 1.5 dCi turbo engine.

2018 Renault Duster

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With the Duster 1.5 dCi, driver confidence and comfort are brought to the fore. The Diesel 1.5 dCi 4x2’s engine has outputs of 66kW/210Nm and consumes 5.1litres/100km. The 4x2 EDC and 4x4 Manual versions have outputs of 80kW/250Nm with consumption of 4.8-litres/100km.

A 6-speed Dual-Clutch EDC auto is now available with the 1.5 dCi Diesel engine, with fuel consumption is comparable to that of the manual variant from only 4.8-litres/100km.

As is standard across Renault’s entire product range, the All-New Renault Duster Model ranges comes standard with a five-year or 150 000km mechanical warranty and a six-year anti-corrosion warranty. Services take place at 15 000km intervals, and a standard three-year or 45 000km service plan applies.


Options include:

Metallic paint - R2 522

Leather seat - R10 088


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