Duster 2015-2016 85PS Diesel RxL Explore Review
Renault has released a new variant for its Duster line up, christened as the Explore Edition. It is a version based on the lines of the RxL variant, with slight additions to its interior and exterior cosmetics. This Renault Duster 85PS Diesel RxL Explore comes with the same dCi diesel engine, which allows for performance along with a sound mileage of 19.87kmpl. The car's performance is matched by a good braking and suspension arrangement, along with many safety facilitates such as seatbelts, airbags a power assisted steering system and many others. Coming to the exterior facet, this latest trim comes with impressive add-ons, such as black outer mirrors, a sporty black stripe on the hood and the side, and dark chrome highlights. The cabin of the vehicle gets a lively new environment with orange color theme. Its seat covers, instrument panel, floor carpets and the AC vents have orange inserts. The car maker has also lavished the space with the benefit of sound entertainment and comfort features. Some of the key features include a passenger vanity mirror, a digital clock, front reading lamps, theater dimming interior lamps, and a trunk room lamp among many others.
At the front, it has a striking grille that comes with a dark chrome garnish. This effect is further improved with chrome surrounds. Flanking this are large double barrel headlamps that provide good visibility when driving. The two tone colored bumpers are also notable aspects of the frontage. At the bottom, the wide air intake section help to dissipate hot air from the engine. Additionally, it also gets a nudge guard or front armor for a bold appeal. The hood is wide and muscular, and subtle lines improve its appeal. This variant is blessed with a black racing stripe across the hood, adding a sporty touch to the look. Coming to the side, the anthracite alloy wheels make for an expensive look, and this variant gets an orange accent around the Renault logo at the center of the wheel. The refined curvatures of the body make a strong design statement, and the door side sills are also pleasant in look. The door handle is graced with a fine black finish. The off set stripe runs along the bottom of the vehicle's side, as well as the blacked out outside mirrors. A matte black treatment is present on the B and D pillars, while a matte black sticker runs along the side board with ‘Explore’ branding. At the top, the black roof rails add a trendy flavor to the car's image. The rear side of the vehicle has a huskier poise for a more befitting overall look. For this variant, the tailgate gets an exclusive dark chrome finish, along with the word 'Duster' engraved upon it. The tail lamps are cleverly designed, and they host courtesy lights and turn indicators for optimal safety when driving. The sporty exhaust system is also an eye catching factor in the car's design.
This exclusive variant gets a unique Nouveau Orange theme for the interiors, giving a lively feel for the occupants. This includes orange seat designs, an orange rings over the AC vents, an orange surround for the instrument cluster orange floor mats, and an orange leather stitching on the steering wheel as well. The design of the cabin is built on sound ergonomics, ensuring a comfortable drive environment for the occupants. There is also a 3 dial sporty instrument cluster that adds sophistication to the cabin's look. The door trim and the grab handles are graced with a glossy silver decorative strip.
Engine and Performance:
The SUV is powered by a 1.5-litre dCi HP engine that is driven under diesel. The drive-train is coupled with a 5 speed manual transmission that delivers superior shifting. The 4 cylinder in-line engine consists of 16 valves integrated together. It is given a common rail direct injection, enabling efficiency in its fuel transfer. The engine displaces 1461cc, and gives a power output of 84bhp at 3750rpm. This enables in releasing a torque of 200Nm at 1750rpm. Beside performance, the plant is also conducive for high fuel savings. It gives a mileage of 19.87kmpl, which is good considering its size.
Braking and Handling:
The machine has a two wheel drive system, making it reasonably easy to handle. It operates with a hydraulically operated diagonal split dual circuit braking arrangement. The front brakes are armed with ventilated discs, while the rear are equipped with drums for a sound braking quality. As for the suspension, the front axle is rigged with a McPherson strut that comes along with a stabilizer bar, a double acting shock absorber and coil springs. Meanwhile, the rear axle gets a trailing arm system that is also supported by a double acting shock absorber and coil springs. In addition to this, the electro hydraulic power assisted steering system is also a boon to the car's handling.
A highlight of its comfort features is its 2 DIN audio system, which comes along with CD, MP3 and radio facilities, along with USB and Aux-In for hosting external devices as well. The system is also equipped with Bluetooth connectivity, which allows for in-cabin call hosting and audio streaming through external devices. There are four speakers, giving an apt sound quality. For ease of access, the audio and phone controls are mounted on the steering wheel. Beside this, there are two 12V power sockets at the front and rear, giving occupants the ease of charging devices within the car. Storage pockets at the back of the front seats provide utility for the occupants. Also, there are 2 cup holders, along with one by the rear seat armrest. The cabin arrangement relieves hassle for the occupants with an electric back-door release facility, a one touch turn indicator, electrically adjustable outside mirrors, and power windows for all of the doors.
Foremost among the safety facilities is the anti lock braking system, which guards the car's stability when braking. This is further supported by an electronic brake-force distribution system, along with a brake assist function. There is an airbag for the driver, while a speed sensitive auto door locking facility adds to the security at high speeds. Also present is an impact sensing auto door unlocking facility, which renews safety in case of a mishap. Then, the car is provided with a central locking system for comfort as well as safety. An engine immobilizer protects the vehicle as well as the occupants, and this is present along with an engine protective under guard function. Beside all of this, the car provides a door opening warning lamp, a rear defogger, a rear wiper and washer with timer, a driver seatbelt reminder, front fog lamps and an optional reverse parking sensor.
1. Impressive add ons to its exterior and interior.
2. The fuel economy is remarkable for its class.
1. Its performance has room for improvement.
2. The MediaNav system could come as standard.