The French automaker, Renault has recently launched a stylish sport utility vehicle with the name Duster. Officially, Duster was introduced in 2010 at the Geneva Motor Show. With some big enhancements, this newly developed SUV has received good response in the market. This 5-door SUV is a great combination of captivating exterior design along with sophisticated interior and a responsive diesel engine. For Indonesian markets, the Duster is made available in two variants named as RxE and RxL. In 2013, this car has badged its name as the third best selling SUV in the world. Renault has not disappointed its customers, when it comes to power, fuel economy and performance. Both of the variants are powered with standard 1.5 litre DCi diesel engine which churns the maximum power output of 85 PS at 3750 rpm, along with 200 Nm of peak torque at 1900 rpm. This sole diesel engine is coupled with 5-speed manual transmission that contributes in better handling of this vehicle. The sporty and bold appearance of this SUV is defined by its stylish exterior cosmetics like 16-inch alloy wheels, chrome finished door handles, large and attractive radiator grille embellished with chrome detailing and exceptional lighting package. Whereas, inside it gives a true sense of luxury with equipped comfortable seating arrangement and refined dashboard design. The dashboard is embedded with AC vents, classic instrument cluster, leather covered steering wheel and 2-DIN music system. It features a CD player, Radio tuner and MP3 player, along with 4 high quality speakers, USB, AUX-in, and Bluetooth connectivity. Furthermore, with its advance safety features this vehicle offers a safe and secure ride to its occupants. The safety features includes Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), dual front airbags and engine immobilizer.
Both of the variants of Duster, RxE and RxL are equipped with standard dCi engine, which contributes in decent performance and better fuel consumption. The 1.5 litre diesel engine equipped in newly developed Renault Duster delivers a minimum mileage of 15 km/l at city areas and 19.87 km/l on highways.
The latest Renault Duster is equipped with powerful 1.5 litre DCi diesel engine. This diesel engine is capable of producing maximum power output of about 85 PS at 3750 rpm, along with 200 Nm of peak torque at 1900 rpm.
The sole engine 1.5 litre DCi engine linked with 5-speed manual transmission for better handling of this SUV. The duster takes 13.9 seconds to breach the speed mark of 0 to 100 km/h from a standstill. Also, its transmission helps this SUV to reach the top speed of 158 km/h.
The newly launched Renault Duster expresses an appealing style of SUV with numerous attractive exterior features. Coming to its side profile, this SUV is well-framed with sporty wheel arches, which are coupled to a bold set of alloy wheels. The door handles and exterior mirrors are finished with chrome detailing that adds elegance to its side. The incorporated electrically adjustable external wing mirrors are integrated with turn indicators, which not only looks attractive but increase the visibility while turning. At its front profile, this SUV is adorned with a large sized radiator grille, designed with chrome finished slats, along with the Renault insignia. All-new variants of this SUV are embedded with high intensity halogen lamps with turn indicators that also complements its dual tone front bumper adding sporty character of this SUV. The rear silhouette is bestowed with a large windscreen accompanied with brake light and wiper. Besides that, this SUV is appointed with a pair of stylish roof rails and an antenna at the top, which brings a true sporty look.
Thus Renault Duster looks compact in terms of its exteriors but it has good length and width. It has an overall length of 4315mm, width of 1822mm and an overall height of 1695mm. The wheelbase for this SUV stands at 2673mm, which is quite long.
This SUV can easily accommodate five individual at a time. The active and energetic cabin is designed with a blend of black and grey styling. Its captivating dashboard is appointed with number of convenience aspects such as glove box, AC vents and a 2-DIN audio system with CD/MP3 player along with AM/FM player. It further has USB, AUX-in, Bluetooth connectivity and 4 speakers, which delivers stereo quality sound output. There is an advance instrument panel accompanied with multi-function steering wheel, which is mounted with company's logo. The on-board computer integrated at the dashboard features a multi-information screen, which shows updated information to the driver such as estimated range, fuel consumption, average speed and reminder notification. Further, its luxurious cabin is bestowed with plentiful of utility features including internal lighting package, sun visors, storage pockets and accessory power sockets.
For a comfortable and pleasing driving experience, the Duster is equipped with plenty of sophisticated features creating a classy feel for its occupants. The appointed seats are upholstered with premium quality fabric which is not only comfortable but also amplifies the interior elegance. Renault has bestowed with a high tech infotainment system which playbacks CD, MP3 or radio, along with AUX-in and USB connectivity. You can simply talk over the phone while driving as it has Bluetooth connectivity which brings an driving experience with pleasure and comfort. Other convenience elements includes air conditioning system with heater and pollen filters, headlight alarm, cup holders, foldable rear seats and the interior lighting package giving a true ambiance of luxury.
This 5-door SUV offers ample space inside cabin, which provides large headroom and legroom for its occupants. It has an impressive boot space, which measures at 475 litres. The boot space can also be extended up to 1064 litres by folding the rear seats in 60:40 split ratio.
When it comes to power and performance, the latest Renault Duster has never disappointed its buyers. This appealing SUV is provided with 1.5 Litre DCi diesel engine for both of its variants. This powerful engine is capable of producing maximum power output of about 85 PS at 3750 rpm, along with 200 Nm of peak torque at 1900 rpm. The 1.5 litre engine is employed with common rail direct injection fuel system which features high pressure fuel injection into the engine for better response. Further enhancing the Duster’s performance, the sole diesel engine is paired with 5-speed manual transmission.
Renault Duster’s one of the highlight is its 2-DIN audio system, which playbacks CD, MP3, AM or FM. This audio system also comprises four high quality speakers that brings a theater-like experience with its high quality sound. The Bluetooth connectivity enables the driver to talk over the phone while driving. Further, its audio system comprises additional Aux-in and UB connectivity feature.
Both of the variants of Renault Duster have been anchored with sporty 16-inch alloy wheels, that comprises standard tire size 215/65 R16. The sporty and tough wheels offers exceptional grip on the road surface.
Renault has loaded this SUV with hydraulically operated diagonal split dual circuit braking system, which brings superior handling for its occupants. Its appointed braking system comprises ventilated disc types brakes for front and drum type brakes for the rear. Furthermore, the RxL variant is employed with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), accompanied by Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA) to improve the stability of vehicle. This SUV is provided with independent MacPherson strut for front axle and Torsion Beam axle with coil springs for the rear.
The Duster series of Renault is integrated with number of advanced safety features that ensures maximized protection to its occupants. The top-end variant RxL is equipped with ABS along with EBD and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) that increases the braking performance. To increase the safety factor, it is provided with dual front airbags that reduces the risk of injury at the time of fatality. It also has engine immobilizer, engine protective under guard and central locking feature.