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Latest on Renault Duster: 27 July, 2015
According to a report, Renault India is planning to introduce the 2015 Duster facelift with an automatic transmission by the end of this year. The new Renault Duster facelift will receive minimal cosmetic changes that are likely to be market-specific. The report further claims that the new facelifted model will borrow some styling cues from the Duster Adventure Edition, which was launched in February 2014. The India-bound 2015 Duster facelift will feature silver skid front and rear plates, fog lights with blacked out surrounds, revised body cladding and smoked wheels.
Renault Duster, a SUV has 11 versions available in India. Renault Duster has 2 Petrol cars and 9 Diesel cars. Other popular cars in the similar price range of Renault Duster are Mahindra XUV500, Mahindra Quanto and Tata Safari Storme. Renault Duster comes in 7 colours, namely, Amazon Green, Metallic Fiery Red, Metallic Graphite Grey, Metallic Moonlight Silver, Metallic Woodland Brown, Pearl Galaxy Black, Pearl Supreme White.
The well appreciated French auto maker, Renault has launched the 2015 version of its Duster model in the Indian market. The latest model now features updated interiors and new features, which has also helped the company in enhancing its sales. The latest innovation added in new Duster is ECO mode that assists the engine in delivering around 10 per cent more mileage. The top end version of new model comes fitted with a new instrument cluster and has several new features like new steering column, cruise control and speed sensitive door locks. The car now has a new multi information display, which shows functions like gear shift indicator and service reminder notification.
Further to this, read Renault Duster Road Test details by our expert.
The various fuel trims in Renault Duster are priced differently. The Diesel trims are priced between Rs. 9,03,900/- to Rs. 13,55,296/-. The Petrol trims of Renault Duster start at Rs. 8,26,867/-.
The French company has provided an attractive structure to Duster with several striking features. The front fascia of the model features revamped headlight cluster with dual barrel lamps, stylish roof rails, body coloured bumpers with cladding and sporty aluminium alloy wheels with gun metal finish.
The interiors of new Duster are designed in dual tone colour scheme, which further compliments the red inserts offered on seats. The car is incorporated with features like air conditioning system with rear vents, electrically operated windows, power steering with tilt adjustment function and ample storage space for convenience of passengers. Its dashboard is well designed and feels clutter free. The auto maker has introduced new advancements in the form of a three spoke steering wheel with steering controls, three-pod instrument cluster, fuel consumption meter and 2WD/AWD button. The controls of music system are offered in the form of paddle shifter, which feels niche. The car has ample space for legroom in both front and second rows, while the boot space is also close to 410 litres.
Engine and Transmission
Renault Duster is now offered with quite a few variants in both diesel and petrol engine options. In order to fulfil the demands of masses, the French auto maker has introduced both two-wheel and four-wheel drive options. The petrol versions come equipped with a 1.6-litre engine, which churns out a maximum power of 102.5 bhp along with a peak torque of 148 Nm. On the other side, the diesel counterpart features a 1.5-litre engine, tuned in two different configurations. The lower-end variant can produce a maximum power of 83.8 bhp of maximum power with 200 Nm of peak torque, while in other configuration it produce 108.5 bhp of maximum power and 245 Nm of highest torque. In order to transmit the produced output, Renault has offered an option of either five speed gearbox or a six speed transmission system, depending on the variants.
Performance and Handling
Although Duster is not a hardcore off-roader, it has simply impressed auto aficionados with its driving dynamics. The Duster now comes with a shift-on-fly AWD mode. The electrically controlled 4x4 system of Duster is named iDrive technology by Renault. Notably, the car has got independent suspensions at all the four corners. Once the knob is kept on 2WD option, the car will be on 2 wheel drive mode, and as soon as the knob is moved to auto mode it will automatically detect which wheel to send power in case of tricky potholes.
Except for base diesel version, all other trims are incorporated with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) along with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA). The car also has rapid deceleration warning indicator. Notably, the suspension and braking mechanism of Duster are quite proficient, which together keeps it stable and balanced at all times.
The 1461 cc Diesel - powered variant delivers a fuel economy of 15 kmpl in city and 17 kmpl on highways, while the Petrol variant offers a mileage of 10 kmpl on urban roads and 12 kmpl and freeways, respectively.
In order to ensure a safe drive, the company has fitted a number of safety and security features Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Anti Slip Regulation (ASR) and hill start assist function in Duster’s high-end variants. All these functions help the car in dealing with uneven roads. Along with these features, the car also sports advanced engine immobilizer to prevent the vehicle from theft. Advancements like dual front airbags, reverse parking sensors and central locking system can be also noticed in the Renault Duster.
Renault Duster is a value for money proportion. The car has enough features to call itself a segment leading model. With the introduction of AWD mode, Duster has now emerged as one of the affordable models which can be used to embark on stretchy off-roads. Moreover, its masculine looks offer Duster an edge over other models present in the same segment.
Renault Duster happens to be a decent player in the compact Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) segment. The car delivers a stiff competition to models like Ford EcoSport, Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and Nissan Terrano.
Note: Specifications for Duster RxZ Diesel 110PS AWD (Diesel) have been mentioned
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