Renault India has launched the petrol range of its best-selling SUV, the Renault Duster. It now comes equipped with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) as well. The introduction of Duster in the market opened up a new segment and till date, 1.6 lakh units have been sold in the country. It is also Renault’s group one of the best-selling models. The Duster is manufactured in 5 countries and is available in more than 100 countries.
The 2017 Renault Duster is powered by the 1.5L H4K petrol engine. It replaces the 1.6 K4M unit that was used earlier. The new 1.5L engine produces 106 PS at 5600 rpm and 142 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm. It comes coupled with a 5-speed manual transmission which delivers an ARAI certified fuel efficiency of 14.19 kmpl.
Also offered is the CVT option only on the RXS trim, this variant delivers an ARAI certified fuel efficiency of 14.99 kmpl. This gearbox comes with easy selection modes – Park (P), Reverse (R), Netrual (N), Drive (D) and a 6-speed manual mode (M).
With the introduction of the Duster CVT, the SUV is now available with automatic transmission is both diesel and petrol engines. While the petrol gets a CVT box, the diesel engine is mated with an Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) system. A four wheel drive model is also available but only with the 110 PS diesel engine along with manual gearbox.
Commenting on the launch of the new Duster petrol range and the Duster CVT, Sumit Sawhney, Country CEO and Managing Director, Renault India Operations said, “We have a clear goal of growing the Renault brand in India. Towards this, we are strategically strengthening our product range, expanding our network reach and initiating pioneering measures to ensure customer delight. Duster plays a pivotal role in our product portfolio and with the introduction of the new petrol range with CVT, Renault has the widest offering in the segment, enabling us to best cater to evolving customer needs. We are confident that the new Duster petrol range with the CVT will resonate well with discerning Indian customers in the fastest growing vehicle segment in India.”
The Duster has always been appreciated for it macho looks. The dual-winged front grille, dual-tone body coloured front bumper, waterfall tail-lamps, Hawk-eye cluster headlamps, firefly fog lamps and kayak roof rails with Duster branding enhance its rugged appeal.
The CVT variant is further distinguished with a gloss black grille, decals on the side and tailgate, black door side sill and 16-inch gunmetal-finish alloy wheels. The ORVMs are finished in carbon cubic print while they come in in black for the RXE variant and in body colour for the RXL model. The petrol range also comes in a new Fiery Red colour along with the six other shades – Orange Cayenne, Silver, Pearl White, Bronze Dore, Woodland brown and Slate Grey.
Inside the Renault Duster comes with a cedarwood-black interior theme for the manual variants while the CVT gets a crimson-black interior theme. The centre fascia is finished in dark chrome while the door trim and grab handle get a decorative strip in silver grey for manual models and sporty red for the CVT model.
In terms of safety, the Duster is equipped with ABS, EBD with Brake Assist, driver side airbag, rapid deceleration warning in the manual variants. In addition to this, the RXS CVT range gets passenger airbag, Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and Hill-start assist.
Other key features offered with the Renault Duster include air conditioner with heater, tilt adjustable power steering, keyless entry with remote, Gear shift indicator, ECO Mode, Electrically adjustable Outside Rear View Mirrors, Onboard trip computer with multi-information display, Integrated 7-inch touch screen audio system with 4 Speakers, Steering mounted audio and phone controls, power windows with illuminated switches, rear seat armrest with cupholders, front and rear reading lamps and one touch turn indicator.
2017 Renault Duster Price:
Duster RXE 2WD MT – INR 8,49,575/-
Duster RXL 2WD MT – INR 9,30,215/-
Duster RXS 2WD CVT – 10,32,215/-
DIESEL (85 PS)
Duster Standard 2WD MT– INR 9,45,215/-
Duster RXE 2WD MT – INR 9,65,375/-
Duster RXS 2WD MT – INR 10,75,000
Duster RXZ 2WD MT – INR 11,66,975/-
DIESEL (110 PS)
Duster RXZ 2WD MT– INR 12,52,615/-
Duster RXZ 2WD AMT – INR 13,13,095/-
Duster RXZ 4WD MT– INR 13,83,655/-
All prices are ex-showroom Delhi.