Renault offers 5+2 seating option with Duster
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France based auto maker, Renault received a positive reaction from the Indian auto market with the launch of its compact Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) Duster. Along with the presented model, the demand for a seven seater version is also increasing in the market. Owing to this, the company has decided to introduce the same within its compact car.
Renault has come up with an exhilarating plan; the company will now offer a 5+2 seating option. The new seating configuration will be offered from the company’s official dealers who will reportedly accommodate the extra seats in the boot space of the car.
The car was initially launched on 4th July, 2012 in the Indian market and was offered with a seating arrangement for five individuals. Duster had ample boot of around 475 litres, which made the car one of the best options for long trips. In order to utilise the capacious boot, the company revamped it with two additional seats.
With the 5+2 seating arrangement, Duster is now capable to square off against Mahindra Scorpio, Tata Safari and other seven seater cars of the segment. However, the company officials have not declared any details regarding the cost, which will be incurred by the customers in converting their car into a seven seater. Analysts believe that an amount close to Rs. 10,000 will be sufficient enough for getting the seven seater arrangement. Renault Duster is offered at a base price of Rs. 7.19 lacs, while its top end version is tagged with a price of around Rs. 11.29 lacs (all prices are ex-showroom Delhi).
With the new strategy in operation, it seems that the auto giant is aiming to target multiple segments of the Indian industry with a single model in its portfolio. Analysts anticipate that the magic of Duster would run for a long time, which would be really beneficial for its parent company, which has not been able to find a special place in the hearts of Indian buyers, in spite of launching some of the industry-leading models.
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Hi, The extra 2 seats that Renault would be offering as an accessory are "Jumper" seats meaning they would be for kids and not adults. The Duster is and primarily remains a 5 seater SUVRegards,July 26, 2012 by Aditya Chatterjee, CarTrade Expert
The original design of Duster is for 5 people.It would be unwise to do so without doing the safety crash test considering 3 rd row of seats. As in India there are no safety standards like European NCAP system.Renault should completely test the retro fitted seating considering safety of occupants.July 13, 2012 by ANS
The 5+2 seating option in the Duster is a very intelligent move by the company.It will make the likes of Safaris and scorpios bite dustJuly 13, 2012 by Md Maswood Akhtar Siddiqi
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