Ahead of its launch next month, the Renault Duster 4X4 SUV has been spotted in Pune, in preparation for the Gang of Dusters preview that the French automaker is holding at Lavasa on the Independence Day. The SUV’s spyshots indicate that it would be made available in the RxZ variant, with both steel and alloy wheels to boot. Steel wheels are better than alloy wheels for off roading and Renault is taking the right approach by offering the Duster 4X4 with steel wheels.
The Duster 4X4 SUV’s styling cues will mirror that of the Adventure version, including the smoked out headlamps and body cladding. The 4WD badge on the hatch lid is the prominent signage that indicates the Duster’s off road capability. On the inside, a revised steering wheel, refreshed seat upholstery, a large touchscreen infotainment interface, a tweaked center console that accommodates the 4X4 switches, and an electronic stability program function will be the changes on the Duster 4X4 variant.
The SUV is likely to use a 1.5 liter K9K turbo diesel engine in 108 Bhp-248 Nm state of tune, and this is the same motor that is offered on the 4X4 variant of the Duster exported to the UK, from India. The 4X4 system on the Duster can be deployed electronically, by means of a rotary knob mounted on the center console. The 4X4 system will have auto, lock, 4X4 and 4X2 Drive modes.
Expect the Duster 4X4 to be priced above the regular RxZ 110 PS variant, at a price pegged at nearly 13 lakh rupees, ex-showroom Delhi. The Duster will be positioned as a refined, go anywhere vehicle that is a 5 seat, more compact alternative to the likes of the Mahindra Scorpio and the Tata Safari Storme 4X4 SUVs. The Renault Duster’s brand engineered sibling, the Nissan Terrano SUV, could also get the 4X4 variant in the coming months.
Spyshots courtesy ZigWheels