Today, Renault unveiled the much expected Duster at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo. The company is yet to reveal the prices of this five seater small SUV. The Duster may like come in five variants with two engine options, a 1.6-litre petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel engine.

Looks, space and comfort

The India-bound Duster SUV will be the new face-lifted model that the French car maker had unveiled at the Buenos Aires Motor Show. Read more: Renault Duster

 

renault duster launch photo

The Duster’s measures only 4.3 m in length, 1.8 m in width making it only slightly larger than the Skoda Yeti in size. The Duster shares its platform with the Renault Logan (Mahindra Verito) sedan.

Some of the highlights of the Duster include its 210 mm ground clearance making it suitable for all terrain use and short overhang of 822 mm at the front and 800 mm at the rear as well as better clearance angles.  The Duster has traditional SUV looks with large headlamps and a simple horizontal grille. The high ground clearance, front, rear and side body claddings hint that the Duster has been designed to perform both on and off the road without damaging the car’s underbody.

Owing to the radical design of this mini SUV, some may feel that its rear lacks visual appeal especially since the small tail lamp cluster doesn’t extend onto the boot. The Duster could come equipped with a new generation 4-wheel drive system and the interiors  have a refreshing dashboard layout. It will comfortably seat 5 adults and will have adequate luggage space too.

Expected Performance

The Duster petrol will likely be powered by a 1.6-litre petrol motor that makes 105 bhp of maximum power and has a claimed fuel efficiency of 12.6 – 13.3 kmpl (7.5 – 7.9 litres / 100 km). The Duster diesel will likely be powered by the 1.5-litre dCI motor that makes 85 bhp of power and has a claimed fuel efficiency of 18.8 – 19.6 kmpl (5.1 – 5.3 litres / 100 km).

Renault may also offer a more powerful 1.5-litre dCI diesel motor (roughly 107 bhp) for the Duster which will have less turbo lag when compared to the 85 bhp 1.5-litre dCI engine. We expect the performance of the Duster to be adequate and for it to be at par with the Skoda Yeti, 5-seater SUV.

Expected features

The Duster will be available in both 4×2 and 4×4 with a total of 5 variants. The mini SUV will likely be equipped with safety features such as the ABS, EBD (electronic brakeforce distribution) and EBA (emergency brake assist), two front airbags and three-point seat belts with load limiters for the front seats. The top-end version may likely be equipped with two lateral head/thorax airbags besides the front airbags.

Expected Price

The Duster is expected to be priced in the range of Rs. 7 – 10 lakh. If priced in this range, the Duster will likely attract buyers who would otherwise opt for the Skoda Yeti (Rs. 13.46 – 17.24 lakh), Mahindra XUV 500 (Rs. 10.80 – 12.88 lakh) and the Tata Aria (Rs. 12.61 – 16.84 lakh).

 

 

4 COMMENTS

  1. TATA ARIA – 140 Bhp @ 4000 rpm Max. Torque:320 Nm @ 1700 rpm, Mahindra XUV 500 also has got same power and generates 330 Nm Torque @1600rpm, and these two got bigger engine than the duster, SKODA YETI has got maximum power of 140 bhp at 4200 rpm and returns top torque of 320 Nm at 1750-2500 rpm and again 2.0lit. engine, so comparing all who want to buy a powerful muscle car will not look at the Duster, and also the space inside is less than the two ARIA and XUV500, so byuing duster will be just compromise done with many things just because of the price factor

  2. @Manish Goyal – if u want to buy an SUV, it completely depends on ur budget.. if u want a comfortable drive always then i would suggst u to go for XUV500, just check on with TATA ARIA if u like the design and interior its ur choice. Toyota fortuner is also a good option but its too heavy in city traffic.. i would also suggest u Pajero but that has got limited service in India.. so it depends on u.. so for now XUV 500 is the best option.. i had driven it, its awsome….

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