Renowned for its strength, ruggedness and versatility for any terrain and necessity, the Renault Duster gains the X-TRONIC CVT transmission option, which provides even more comfort combined with fuel economy. In addition to the new transmission, the SUV is now equipped with all 1.6 SCe X-TRONIC versions with traction control, stability control and ramp start assistant. The Duster equipped with the X-TRONIC CVT transmission, widely used by the Renault-Nissan Alliance around the world, benefits passengers with an even smoother and quieter ride at cruising speed. In addition, the engine can be kept in constant rotation, aiding in the lower fuel consumption.
With this new transmission option, the Duster becomes the SUV with the most complete line of the segment. There are two engine options (1.6 and 2.0), three transmission options (manual, CVT and automatic) and two traction options (4×2 and 4×4), always providing an ideal version for every need. In addition to being a very well-equipped vehicle with an emphasis on: electro-hydraulic steering, ESM (Energy Smart Management system, Formula 1 inspired track technology), Eco-mode fuel consumption of up to 10%), larger luggage compartment with 475 liters, 210 mm ground clearance, excellent in-and-out angles, MediaNav with 7.0-inch touchscreen with GPS navigation and 16-inch alloy wheels. The Duster excels in any terrain and situation. In the city, for those looking for internal space, comfort and modernity, there are the versions equipped with the new X-TRONIX CVT transmission and the new 1.6 SCe 120 hp engine. For those looking for more power and performance, the 2.0 16V automatic version of 148 hp is ideal. And for those who are passionate about off-road adventures, the 2.0 16V 4×4 combination with the first gear is the best option.
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X-TRONIC CVT: Modern transmission
The X-TRONIC CVT transmission provides maximum comfort, especially for large urban centers, while also ensuring fuel economy. One of its differentials is management software that gives the driver the option to play six gears virtually. The X-TRONIC CVT transmission offers, in all versions, the possibility of manual shift in the gear lever. To the driver, position the handle on the left to take control. The option offers an advantage in performance, especially in overtaking and starting. The X-TRONIC CVT offers fuel economy thanks to the high technology embedded. This transmission brings longer relations in comparison to other changes of the market, without giving up of performance and pleasure when driving. In addition, it features an advanced belt and pulley system and a smaller, more evolved oil pump. The X-TRONIC CVT accelerations are steady and efficient. The development of this transmission was based on three pillars: linearity, agility and drivability. The effect can be seen in speed resumes or traffic light outputs, for example. For the passengers, the sensation is of comfort, without there being any stride.
The X-TRONIC CVT exchange brings an additional transmission, ensuring smaller size and weight of the set. This solution allows the mechanical assembly to be 10% smaller and 13% lighter. Moreover, because the pulleys do not come into contact with the oil at this exchange rate, the friction level was reduced by 30%. Thinking about comfort, there is the Lock-up system with Active Slip Control. In this system, the pulley is released gradually so that the torque is transmitted linearly. This feature ensures accelerations with stronger and non-alternating responses, as it ‘holds’ the pulley and releases it gradually so the torque is transmitted linearly and quickly. The box that equips Captur and Duster is produced by Jatco, a company of the Renault-Nissan Alliance pt cruiser car covers. This continuously variable transmission of last generation already equips dozens of models worldwide.
Although there is still a few days to start its commercialization in European dealers, the new Renault Espace 2017 is already a reality. The French manufacturer has introduced a number of improvements in the line of its large size crossover, with the purpose of updating it to face what remains of the year in a niche market where one can not sleep on the laurels. This is the first major update that receives the fifth generation of Espace since it hit the market in 2015. There are new developments in both the aesthetic, mechanical and equipment aspects. In terms of image, Renault introduced a new color for the bodywork called Gray Titanium. Also included were two 18- and 19-inch wheel designs.
On the other hand, the equipment debuts flashy elements such as ventilated front seats, a new leather upholstery called ‘Graded Sable Gray’ and a new environmental LED lighting package. In addition, the latest version of the R-Link 2 infotainment system has been installed that offers connectivity to Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and the My Renault application. The main elements that characterized the Renault Espace to date follow present, such as the 4Control system and adaptive dampers. Recalling that it can be configured with a third row of optional seats to have a passenger compartment accommodating seven passengers. The line of the Renault Espace 2017 will feature a version focused on the executive world that dispenses from the central place of the second row to leave two individual seats with heating. In mechanical terms, the big news is the arrival of a 1.8 literTCe engine of 225 hp and 300 Nm of maximum torque, coupled with an automatic transmission of double clutch and seven speeds. Thanks to this engine, the new Espace will be able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 7.6 seconds. It announces an average consumption of 14.7 km / l and CO2 emissions of 152 g / km. For now the prices of the new Renault Espace are unknown.
Renault’s line of commercial vehicles debuted in Europe a special series called ‘Formula Edition’, which adds some exterior details inspired by Formula 1. This new level of finish includes Kangoo, Kangoo Maxi, Trafic and Master versions. Outwardly the ‘Formula Edition’ series is recognized for its specific color scheme, which combines the body in black and gray in combination with some details in yellow.
In addition, a new design grille appears, as well as new bezels for the antinebline headlights, using the same yellow and black color scheme, as well as new Renault logos. The alloy wheels up to 17 inches are of specific design and painted black with its center in yellow. The interior has also been subject to revision and includes specific rugs that also receive the color yellow in detail, chrome interior package, leather-wrapped steering wheel, etc. The equipment includes air conditioning, multifunction steering wheel, cruise control, sound system with Bluetooth and USB, among others. The offer of engines for the Kangoo, Trafic and Master ‘Formula Edition’ includes several diesel options based on the dCi engine, which according to the model is offered with powers of 90, 110, 120, 125, 130, 145 and 170 hp . The transmission is a six-speed manual, although the automatic is available for Kangoo and Kangoo Maxi. Renault’s line of commercial vehicles adds that version that adds a sporty touch, but without mechanically matching the fantastic Renault Espace F1 of the year 1995 that developed 800 hp, but enough to make everyday work more fun.
Renault officially unveiled the new Grand Scenic, a model that offers greater versatility and is characterized by being 24 cm longer than the Renault Scenic presented in March in Geneva. With a bold and dynamic look, the new Grand Scenic comes in five- or seven-seat versions, with 20-inch wheels offered as standard to increase visual appeal, which can be further enhanced by the choice of two- the body. The improvement of its credentials as a family model is one of the principles that the French brand has devoted more attention to, thus promoting a deep renovation in the interior, inspired by what has already been seen in other recent models of the line, such as Mégane, Talisman or Scenic.
In this sense, modularity and comfort on the road were fundamental principles in the design process of the new Grand Scenic, introducing a one-touch Folding Seat system and a larger load capacity: 718 liters in the case of the version five-door, 40-liter more than in the previous generation of the Grand Scenic – or 866 liters with the longitudinal movement of the rear seats forward. The difference from the previous model in terms of dimensions extends to other fields: at 1,660 mm in height it is 15 mm higher (including 30 mm more at ground level, now 160 mm), 30 mm longer (4.634 mm mm of total length), 20 mm wider (1,865 mm) and 35 mm longer in the wheelbase (a total of 2.804 mm). In terms of powertrain, the new Grand Scenic comes with five diesel options – including a hybrid – and two petrol options, in a line that will be tailored to each market. The hybrid version announces an electric generator and a 48 Volt battery that can store the energy from the braking, thus allowing the electric motor to assist the thermal engine in acceleration. However, the line features 1.5 dCi 110 engines with six-speed manual transmission or EDC seven-speed automatic, 1.5 dCi 110 Hybrid Assist also with manual transmission and two 130-hp 1.6-liter Energy dCi blocks (with manual transmission of six speeds) and 160 hp associated only with the EDC six-speed automatic transmission. The gasoline options go through the blocks Energy TCe of 115 hp and 130 hp,
The Grand Scenic is equipped as standard, as well as the new Scenic, with the unprecedented (in the segment) Active Emergency Braking System (AEBS / Active Emergency Braking System) system. This functionality, available between 7 and 60 km / h, complements the classic Active Brake system (AEBS City and Inter-Urban, active between 7 and 160 km / h). It also has the LKA / Lane Keeping Assist: active between 70 and 160 km / h, this system corrects the trajectory in case of track transposition and helps keep the car in the road. In addition, proposed with Lane Departure Warning (LDW / Lane Departure Warning), the system warns the driver through a steering wheel vibration. It also offers the fatigue detection alert as well as adaptive cruise control (ACC), active emergency braking (AEBS), unintentional track transpose alert (LDW) regulation, safety distance alert (DW), excess alert (OSP with TSR), blind spot warning (BSW) and automatic switching of high beam headlamps, rear camera, front and rear parking aid, side and Easy Park Assist (parking with hands free) . The new Grand Scenic is expected to be on the market by the end of 2016.