It is no secret that Renault is testing a new compact SUV that is to be positioned below the best selling Duster. The sub-Duster compact SUV could wear Dacia and Renault badges in markets such as Eastern Europe and India respectively. To be sized similar to the Captur and using the same platform albeit with pared down interiors and features, and different styling, the new compact SUV from Renault is said to be headed towards Indian shores.
Today, a new render of the sub-Duster Renault compact SUV has surfaced onto the interweb. While it looks conservative by modern crossover standards, it could well be Renault’s answer to take on sub-4 meter compact SUVs in the developing world. Renault has a rash of small capacity, turbocharged petrol and diesel engines. 1.2 liter turbo petrol and 1.5 liter turbo diesel motors are likely to be picked out to power the new compact SUV.
These engine displacements are very relevant as far as the Indian car market is concerned as excise duty benefits on sub-4 meter cars will accrue only for those cars whose petrol and diesel motors are capped at 1.2 liters and 1.5 liters respectively. A front wheel drive layout is likely to be standard across most parts of the developing world with an all wheel drive system offered in colder climes, read some markets in Eastern Europe and perhaps Russia.
In India, Renault could do well with a sub-Duster offering, at a price tag that makes the new compact SUV an attractive proposition when compared with the Ford EcoSport. The compact SUV market in India will witness a deluge of options in the coming years and Renault will want to be in the thick of things. In India, the automaker is trying to move from the one vehicle wonder that it currently is, by lining up the Lodgy and A-Entry/XBA for launches in 2015. The all-new sub-4 meter, sub-Duster compact SUV is likely to make an India debut in 2016.
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