Renault has showcased a Duster Extreme and a Sandero RS Grand Prix Concept at the 2016 Sao Paulo Motor Show in Brazil. Several Renault concepts and production models were seen at the event. For those who didn’t know, Renault is one of the major automotive brands in South America. The debut of Renault Koleos and Kaptur also took place at the Sao Paulo show. A Kwid Outsider concept has been showcased as well but the Sandero RS Grand Prix and the Duster Extreme are expected to stand out from the crowd.
Renault Sandero RS is using the same 148hp 2L petrol engine but it has a tougher exterior finish including the use of Formula 1’s signature colours. The interiors also share the same finishing touches consisting mostly of black and gold combinations.
Duster Extreme meanwhile has a more rugged appearance and is equipped with a 2L engine and a four-wheel-drive. Its improved interior, roof-mounted LEDs, modified bumpers and special set of wheels very much represent the Duster’s extreme concept design. It also got a slight increase in the ground clearance to suit the Duster’s more adventurous side.
The two concept vehicles are based on Dacia’s original concepts. The French marque as we know has already bought Dacia (a Romanian automotive brand). Since then, Renault has been rebranding former Dacia models particularly for its vehicles being marketed for Brazil.
To begin with, the Duster Extreme Concept is specially developed for this event. Renault Design America Latina (or RDAL) has used the same 4x4 production model and modified some of its features for better off-road performance. This includes a raised suspension, providing ampler space for the mud-guard and larger set of wheels. Interestingly, the red painted accessories and matte grey body paint make a perfect combination for an all-terrain vehicle. Aside from the towing hooks, the Duster also comes with a light bar, a winch, and a snorkel to complete the dusty look.
The Kwid Outsider concept on the other hand is showcased in orange body paint and comes with a touch of green colours for the accents. This concept bears some similarities with the Kwid Climber Concept especially with its larger wheel design, roof rails, and plastic cladding with skid plate in silver finish.
Sandero RS Grand Prix concept is Renault’s tribute to the F1 team. This basically explains the gold and black stripes adorning the mirror casings and doors. As we mentioned earlier, the Formula One set of colours also inspires the prototype model’s interior. Overall, we think there’s so much more about it other than its powerful engine.