Hot on the heels of the Ford EcoSport, Renault will be launching the Duster in September.

On paper it seems to be more than just a Sandero Stepway on steroids. And there’s also going to be an all-wheel drive derivative, with a diesel engine, catering to those whose lifestyles demand some off-road prowess.

Duster 1

Given our market’s preference for affordable SUV and Crossover models; the price tag is bound to win hearts too. R194 900 will get you into the 1.6 Expression 4×2 model. Prices for the rest of the range will be announced at launch.

As standard, it’s got air-conditioning, ABS with EBD, reverse parking sensors, 16-inch alloy-wheels, steering-mounted audio control and Bluetooth functionality.

RENAULT DUSTER (H79) - PHASE 1

The Duster also has a 475-litre boot capacity. Its 1.6-litre engine produces 75kW and 145Nm of torque. Let’s see if it does a decent job of propelling the beefy-looking car.

Renault is keen to change perceptions, so they’ll also be throwing in that impressive five-year/150 000-kilometre warranty.

What we’re keenest to see and feel, is quality and surface finish. Renault didn’t score all that well with the budget Sandero and coarse materials were one of few points that soured impressions of the new Clio. We’ll be attending the launch in September, so stay tuned.