Renault Middle East is welcoming the arrival of the all-new Renault Duster in the Middle East.
The 2018 Renault Duster grows on the existing model and can be seen as a highly reworked version in terms of styling. While it still distinctively looks like a Duster, the design is a lot more upmarket now and keeps the butch appearance intact.
The grille is now wider and the headlights have been pushed to the either corner to make the SUV look wider. A new signature LED daytime running lights divided into three sections highlight the headlamp cluster. The bonnet has been reworked for a flatter surface and gets a U-shaped masculine line for a more assertive look. A silver skid plate has been added to the front and rear bumper now, which looks like a bull bar and is finished in scratch resistant coating to take some beating.
The new Duster’s beltline has been moved higher while the windscreen is raked forward by 100 mm over the outgoing model in a bid to make the cabin look more spacious. There are new aluminium finished roof bars as well along with the new 17-inch alloy wheels that sport a rather interesting design.
At the rear, we particularly dig the new X-shaped tail light cluster that seems to have taken inspiration from the Jeep Renegade. It’s still a compact unit, something the current Duster owners weren’t too pleased about, but the new setup certainly looks better.
Inside, the all-new Renault Duster is fitted with a multitude of new, high-quality, driving aids and equipment making it an ideal candidate for those on a budget and are looking for an SUV.
Comparing the outgoing version with the latest one, the difference in quality is noticeable, as the Duster can now be had with Multiview camera and Blind Spot Warning, Hill Descent Control, automatic climate control, 4×4 monitor, seven-inch touchscreen multimedia system, Renault smart card with keyless entry and for GCC spec vehicles only, Remote Engine Start – as well as quality materials and trims.
Customers can choose between two petrol engines; a 1.6-litre 2WD mated to a CVT automatic gearbox, and a 2.0L 4WD connected to an automatic gearbox.
The new Duster is now on sale in select Middle Eastern countries including Lebanon and Egypt. From August, the model will go on sale in Jordan, whereas the in the GCC the latest Duster will arrive in September. Those in Iraq will have to wait till late 2018 to get their hands on the latest Duster.
Since its global launch in 2010, the Renault Duster has sold over 2.45 million units across the globe with both Renault and Dacia badges attached. The compact SUV has proved popular in Russia, Brazil and the Middle East.
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