We’ve got our hands on a fresh set of spy photos of the Renault Duster being tested extensively around Chennai, sent in by various alert readers. We can make out from the spy pictures that the red coloured Duster has body-coloured wing mirrors, fog lamps and running boards, while the white car lacks all of those, possibly pointing to a base variant.
Renault will launch the Duster with five variants, starting with a base model at around Rs 7 lakh, powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine. Higher up the variant range will be the 1.5-litre diesel that powers the Fluence, available in two states of tune — an entry-level 85bhp version and a top-of-the-line 108bhp variant.
The Duster is based on the Logan and, in its European guise, has similar interiors to the saloon. But for India, Renault will give the interiors a more up-market treatment with dual-tone shades.
Expect aggressive pricing for the Duster in the range of Rs 7.2-11 lakh. Renault has ambitious plans of selling 50,000 units every year, a part of which will be exports to right-hand-drive markets like the UK.
There will likely be a Nissan-badged version of the Duster down the road as well. Expect the Renault Duster to hit showrooms very soon.
Issue: 166 | June 2013
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