Revamped and revitalised, Renault’s facelifted Duster has now arrived in Qatar. Enhanced inside and out, Renault builds on the already huge local success of its Duster with refreshed styling, new features and improved performance. Since its launch in 2013, Renault says it has sold more than 1.3 million Dusters globally and it has certainly been a hit here in Qatar. According to Renault, this is because it is the first Renault model designed to meet stringent European performance and safety standards and still be capable of conquering international markets where usage and road conditions can be considerably more rugged.
Fully loaded with technology, the new Duster comes with the new radio Arkamys 3D Sound, cruise control & speed limiter, rear parking sensors and the new Media Nav multimedia system.
The Media Nav Multimedia System – 100% intuitive, straightforward and smart – gives easy access to highly practical features thanks to its 7″ touchscreen with very handy functions: navigation display, audio streaming music and hands-free telephone thanks to Bluetooth®, which also gives you easy access to consult your address book and look up your call history. Listening to your own remote music couldn’t be easier, thanks to Bluetooth® technology, or by plugging in to the USB or AUX jack ports up front.
The Duster provides the advantages of space and versatility of an SUV while its powerful 2.0 litre engine also gives very satisfactory performance on the highway, backed by strong, smooth brakes with the reassurance of the ABS and emergency braking technology.
In fact, the Duster makes an excellent vehicle for growing families, especially in Qatar where sometimes you may want or need to go off-road and you will appreciate the extra ground clearance. Isofix mounts on two rear seats take care of the babies and the entertainment options – plus the sheer space – should help to keep everyone occupied.
With excellent safety ratings and the amount of modern technology at your fingertips, the newly improved Renault Duster aims to help you get more out of life, specially when you are on the go.ENGINE 2.0 litre, 16-valve, 4-cylinder, sequential multi-point injection
MAX POWER 135 hp (101 kW) @ 5,500 rpm
MAX TORQUE 195 Nm (144 lb-ft) @ 3,750 rpm
TRANSMISSION 4-speed automatic
EXTERIOR The new Duster features a redesigned front grille with two chrome-plated strips instead of three and a new air intake; new double-optic front headlamps including daytime running lights; fog lamps; more imposing rear light blocks, satin chrome door mirrors; instantly recognisable Duster moniker etched into chrome-plated roof bars; chrome exhaust pipe finisher; 16″ alloys
INTERIOR New dashboard; new touchscreen multimedia navigation system; cruise control and speed limiter; redesigned seats with beige upholstery and dark leather seats; it scores top points for personal space and practicality: driving position is good, storage spaces and luggage space are generous, it’s spacious and flexible in the back and can easily seat five adults in comfort with three points rear seatbelts and three rear headrests
SAFETY/SECURITY Each Duster is fitted with driver and front passenger airbags, and Isofix mounting point for two child seats; Antilock Braking System ABS; Emergency Braking Assistance; Electronic Stability Programme ESP; daytime running lights; rear parking sensors; highest five-star crash test rating from Euro NCAP
Saleh Al Hamad Al Mana Co will be pleased to arrange a test drive of the new Renault Duster or any of its cars and SUVs for Marhaba readers. Call 4428 3333 or visit Renault Qatar Facebook Page.
Author: Terry Sutcliffe
Note: This article has been extracted from Marhaba’s Issue No 64 Winter 2015/16 from the ‘Motoring’ section. For more car reviews, pick up Marhaba’s Issue No 64 Winter 2015/16 only QR20 from the nearest hypermarket or bookstore to you.
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