Following the launch of the new-generation Duster in October 2018 in two-wheel drive form, the 4x4 version has reached SA. In a market segment where many SUVs are distinctly tar-focused the Duster stands out as being one of the more offroad-capable, and this ability is enhanced by the addition of all-wheel drive. The part-time system allows the driver to switch between three driving modes: front-wheel drive when fuel economy is the primary focus, permanent all-wheel drive for rough tracks, and an automatic mode where torque is varied between the front and rear wheels as driving conditions demand. The Duster’s 210mm ground clearance is already one of the highest in the segment, giving it what Renault says is best-in-class approach (30°) and departure (34°) angles for clambering through the rough stuff. There’s no low range transfer case but the French offroader does have hill descent control that automatically brakes the vehicle to guide it safely down steep slopes. The new 4x4 Duste...

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