The Renault Duster 4X4 SUV will be launched in India next month. The Duster 4X4 is a 5 seat alternate to the likes of ladder framed SUVs such as the Tata Safari Storme and the Mahindra Scorpio 4X4s. However, Renault India is likely to position the Duster 4X4 as a cheaper alternate to the Skoda Yeti, also a 4X4 SUV, but with a bigger turbo diesel engine and many premium features.
The Duster 4X4 will use the 1.5 liter K9K turbo diesel engine in 108 Bhp-248 Nm state of tune. While the gearbox will be a 6 speed manual unit borrowed from the front wheel driven Duster 110 PS, it will have shorter ratios on the Duster 4X4’s lower gears, to make for better crawling performance in 4X4 mode. Fully independent suspension on all four wheels is a significant upgrade, from the torsion beam suspension set up on the Duster 4X2.
The Duster’s 4X4 system gets an electric shift mode, with a knob mounted on the center console that allows the driver to shift to 4X4 mode on the go. The control knob also allows the Duster 4X4 to be locked in 4X4 mode up to the speed of 60 Kph, after which the system will shift automatically to auto mode. Auto mode, enables the 4X4 system to be deployed automatically in case of wheel slip and the control knob also allows the 4X4 system to be deployed in auto mode.
The Duster 4X4 gains electronic stability program that can be turned on and off and anti-slip regulation features. The SUV is capable of fording through up to 400 mm of water while the ground clearance continues to be pegged at a hefty 210 mm. In terms of other feature additions, the Duster 4X4 gets a new, twin tone colour scheme for the dashboard while the steering wheel gets audio controls.
The instrumentation console reads out real time fuel consumption figures while the seats get a red-black contrast stitching. On the outside, smoked headlamps, 4WD decals on the flanks and tail gate, and matte black finish for the B-Pillars and Anthracite alloy wheels. A lower variant of the Duster 4X4, will do away with alloy wheels for steel wheels and omit a few other features to get cost effective. The duster 4X4 is expected to be priced at least 75,000 rupees higher than the 4X2 RxZ 110 PS variant. An ex-showroom Delhi price close to the 13 lakh rupee mark is likely.
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