Renault has launched the updated Duster SUV, with prices beginning from Rs 7.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Based on the current-gen model, the refreshed Duster gets two engine options and features changes on the exterior and interior.
The Renault Duster is available in nine variants – three petrols and six diesels.
|Renault Duster variant-wise prices|
|Variants||Price (ex-showroom, Delhi)|
|RxE petrol||Rs 7.99 lakh|
|RxS petrol||Rs 9.20 lakh|
|RxS (O) petrol CVT||Rs 9.99 lakh|
|85PS diesel RxE||Rs 9.30 lakh|
|85PS diesel RxS||Rs 9.99 lakh|
|110PS diesel RxS||Rs 11.20 lakh|
|110PS diesel RxZ||Rs 12.10 lakh|
|110PS diesel RxZ AMT||Rs 12.50 lakh|
|110PS diesel RxS AWD||Rs 12.50 lakh|
The two engines powering the new Duster are carried forward from its predecessor. The petrol variant on offer is a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder unit that puts out 106hp and 142Nm of torque. It comes with the option of either a 5-speed manual or a 6-step CVT automatic gearbox. The diesel is a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged unit that comes in two states of tune. The lower-powered version puts out 85hp and 200Nm of torque and comes coupled with a 5-speed manual only. In its higher state of tune, the engine produces 110hp and 245Nm of torque while getting the option of either a 6-speed manual or AMT gearbox. With the new Duster, the diesel-AMT combination is now available only on the top-spec RxZ variant (the pre-facelift model had it in the mid-spec RxS variant). This means, the price of the new Duster AMT is around Rs 60,000 more than the outgoing model.
Additionally, the more powerful Duster 110hp continues to be available with all-wheel drive (AWD) but now on the mid-level RxS instead of the top-spec RxZ variant, which has seen prices drop by about Rs 60,000.
In terms of appearance, the updated Duster gets a new front grille with chrome garnish, projector headlamps with LED DRLs, a new sculpted bonnet and a higher bonnet line (raised to meet pedestrian-protection norms), a redesigned front bumper, front and rear skid plates, roof rails, alloys and plastic cladding on the tailgate.
Changes inside the cabin include a new steering wheel, an upgraded infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, rectangular AC vents on the centre console, a faux-aluminium trim, chrome and gloss-black bits and a dash insert that’s the same colour as the exterior. Standard safety kit on the Duster includes dual airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist. Additionally, the automatic and AWD variants get ESC and hill-start functionality.
The Duster is also available in a new blue exterior paint shade. Key rivals to the SUV include the Hyundai Creta, the Nissan Kicks and the Maruti Suzuki S-cross. The carmaker is also gearing up for the launch of the Triber seven-seater in the coming months.
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