Renault yesterday launched the new facelifted version of the Duster compact SUV in India. The Duster facelift has been priced at Rs. 7.99 lakh for the base RxE Petrol variant while the top-end RXS AWD variant has been priced at Rs. 12.49 lakh (both ex-showroom, Delhi). The SUV has received a few design tweaks along with upgraded interiors and two new paint shades. As a matter of fact, the Duster is the only compact SUV to offer AWD drivetrain, something which has been actively highlighted by the French automaker. The latest TVC by the company featuring the new facelifted Duster also underlines the same fact and shows an escape story where the Duster comes forward to save the day.
As seen in this new TVC, the Duster is shown to possess quite a few off-tarmac skills. To let you know, the Duster comes with safety and driveability enhancing features that help it challenge the rough terrain much more easily than the regular SUV. This includes Antilock-Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and Hill-Start Assist. However, the AWD drivetrain is only available on the top-end variant of the SUV which is priced at Rs. 12.50 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Coming to the TVC here, it shows a group of adventures junkies who are camping at the base of a tall mountain peak. Naturally, the whole scenery is all but white with a thick layer of ice everywhere. Now all of a sudden, the group spots a big ice shelf break off a cliff and running down the slope. Sensing an avalanche, the whole group immediately gets on its foot and disperses quickly. However, the owner of the Renault Duster spots a duo standing at a vulnerable and hence springs into action instantly, asks them to jump in the car and sets off to avoid the ordeal of having an avalanche over their head.
The Duster’s capabilities to tackle the rough terrain is actively showcased here but do let us remind you, this is a TVC and hence taking it with a pinch of salt will be better. This is because regardless of how capable a car is, it can’t do much in such soft and thick snow without snow chains. Talking about the car, the Duster rivals the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Honda BR-V and the Nissan Kicks among others in the segment. Being a facelift, not much has changed on this new Duster when compared to the ongoing model but the changes are substantial enough to label it as a facelift.
The engine options and their power outputs, however, remain the same. The new facelifted Renault Duster gets a petrol engine along with a diesel option with two tune levels on the latter. The petrol engine is a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated unit churning out 106 Bhp of power along with 140 Nm of torque. This engine comes with either a 5-speed manual or a CVT automatic. The diesel engine is the 1.5-litre K9K turbocharged unit that is available in two states of tune. The lower state has an output of 85 Bhp-200 Nm while the higher state has an output of 108 Bhp-245 Nm. The diesel engine in the lower state of tune gets a 5-speed manual gearbox while the one in the higher state of tune gets 6-speed manual and AMT options.