Renault India just launched the all wheel drive variants of the Duster SUV last month. The Duster has given rise to a badge engineered sibling in India, in the form of the Nissan Terrano. The Terrano is currently sold with a front wheel drive layout, and with one petrol and two turbo diesel engine options. Next year though, the Terrano will do a Duster and gain an all wheel drive system. It helps that both the Duster and Terrano are similar SUVs under the skin, with the only differentiating factors being the top hat designs and the materials used in their respective interiors.
The Terrano AWD is likely to be pricier than the Duster AWD considering the fact that all Terrano variants sit above similarly spec’ed Duster variants. To put indicative prices on the Terrano AWD variants, the mid XL 110 PS diesel variant of the SUV is likely to be pegged at about 12.4 lakh rupees and the top-end XV 110 PS diesel variant at 13.6 lakh rupees, both prices reflecting ex-showroom Delhi figures. Along with the all wheel drive mechanism, the Terrano is also expected to gain other features such as a cruise control, traction control, electronic stability program and independent rear suspension.
Like the Duster AWD, the Terrano AWD will be meant for buyers looking at a capable cross country tourer, with an all wheel drive layout to get them out of sticky situations in slush or gravel. The monocoque bodied Duster and Terrano, even in AWD guise, return much better fuel efficiency figures than ladder framed, 7 seat 4X4 SUVs sold in India such as the Mahindra Scorpio and the Tata Safari Storme. Along with the better fuel efficiency figures, better refinement levels and car-like ride and handling are the other factors that go in favour of the new crop of AWD equipped compact SUVs such as the Renault Duster and the Nissan Terrano.