Renault Duster appears online- To hit the Indian roads on 4th July, 2012
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The first look of the much awaited Renault Duster in India appeared on Renault’s official Indian website, bringing many speculations about the car to an end. The dashing SUV from the French automobile giant Renault is set to be launched on 4 July 2012. The bookings for this car have already started a few weeks earlier and buyers can do their bookings by paying Rs 51,000.
Although the car was displayed at the Auto expo in January, the details were not clear at that time. Various rumours regarding the powertrain, price and launch date were doing rounds.
Renault, the French auto maker had earlier announced that five passenger vehicles from the company will hit the road by the end of 2012; of these, Renault has already rolled out three cars in the market, namely- Fluence, Koleos and Pulse and now the countdown for Duster to break covers has just begun. Renault Duster comes under the Dacia badging in the global market. However, it would be launched under the name Renault Duster in India.
Duster, a five-seater car, is generated on the B0 platform and has an overall length of 4.3 metres. The car would be available in three trims and would come with two powertrain options- 104 bhp 1.6-Litre petrol and a 105 bhp 1.5 litre K9K diesel with 85 and 110PS power options. The 1.5 Litre diesel powertrain would be adorned with a 6-speed manual transmission gearbox, whereas the petrol variant would come mated with a 5- speed transmission gearbox. Duster will be fitted with disc brakes at the front while the rear would have drums and would run on 16 inch alloy wheels. The car has the capacity to reach 0-60kph in just 5 seconds and 0-100kph in 12.2 seconds. The SUV will be priced between Rs 7 Lacs and Rs 10 Lacs.
Amidst uncertainty in fuel prices and high interest rates, it would be good to see how the Duster performs in the already ailing auto market of the country. The recent reports show that the number of unsold cars in the inventories has piled up and the growth of the car market has showed a disturbing pace in the month of May, the slowest in the last seven months. The data released by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) shows the sales figures in May to be 1,63,229 units against 1,58,809 units during the same period last year (2011). Judging by the statistics, it is worth the wait to see whether Renault Duster would succeed in making its mark in the Indian auto market at a time when the confidence of the buyers is low.
Renault Duster is my dream car...July 03 , 2012 by Mathew Thomas Kannathumuriyil
raman....why so u compare mpv with a suv....ertiga is a car based mpv...just 5 inch more than i10..duster is a compact suv,, like xuv500... thtz y it is 5 sitter...duster is a good car,, since it is in market from 2005 in many countries,,,nd there it had made records...renault is a far more good company than ur suzuki,,,nd it will be do great in india too...nd at last im gonna get the top model of duster...110bhp..July 01 , 2012 by Chitman Grewal
Press price has always been misleading and are posted bt the comapnies as on the roas price of duster will be around 10.5 lakhs, but it still worth a buyJuly 01 , 2012 by Siddharth
I visited the showroom in Bangalore and was informed this was going to be a five seater priced between 10 and 15 lac! What then of all the press of the price beginning at 7!July 01 , 2012 by Vikram R
No dealership in Goa...................sad ya.July 01 , 2012 by Shaikh Nabi
I've booked this car by paying 50,000 rupees .... I've ordered white color !!! :DJuly 01 , 2012 by Shivraj Singh
I am gonna start crying... I just bought Ford Figo Titanium Diesel. I could easily stretch my budget to buy this. :((June 30 , 2012 by Puneet
I also wish to buy a Renault DusterJune 30 , 2012 by K G Ajith Kumar
it is nice to read that booking is already started since we are uttrakhand based then how we can book the same also where we can see all variants to decide and compare with existing SUVJune 30 , 2012 by CA A.K.JAIN
Comparing Duster with Ertiga is a real cruel thing. Compare it with Scorpio / Safari for true comparision. Your view on Ertiga is correct on service, support, parts, etc. But that vechicle is not SUV its just LUV Light Utility Vechcle.June 29 , 2012 by Ram
i plan to buy renault duster, model no.85ps diesel RxL.June 29 , 2012 by Ratul Gogoi
is booking are available if so please inform dealers dairyin andhrapradesh, vishakapatnamJune 29 , 2012 by Somu
There is a rumor that the top edition will be a 7 seater and that it will cost 12 Laks. Price seem high but with 7 seats, and@ a price of 10L for the top end edition, the duster will be a sure winner. Ive got my cheque ready for the launch !June 29 , 2012 by Santhosh
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