The Renault Duster SUV has garnered a healthy 6,000 bookings within five days of its launch. The phenomenal response the Duster is receiving means that Renault will likely have bright and sunny days ahead in terms of sales and popularity.
The Duster starts at an attractive Rs.7.19 lakh for the base petrol variant, Rs.7.99 lakh for the base diesel variant and Rs. 11.29 lakh for the top of the line 110 bhp diesel variant. The Duster has everything going for it apart from some issues that Renault will have to address.
There is a serious dearth of Renault dealerships and service centers in India. Renault has around 55 dealerships at present and plans to take this number further to 70 by October and 100 by the end of the year. You can see our Renault Duster walkaround video here
This will be a key factor in sustaining sales of the Duster, which could very well go on to popularize Renault as a brand in India. There are two petrol variants and six diesel variants of the Duster in India. The petrol Duster comes with a 1.6 litre petrol engine, this 1598 cc engine puts out 102 bhp of power at 5,850 rpm and 145 Nm of torque at 3,750 rpm and is mated to a five-speed manual transmission. Read more: Renault launches Duster compact SUV in India
The Renault Duster diesel comes in two engine options – both 1.5 litre diesels, but with different power outputs and transmission. The Duster 85PS variant has a 1,461 cc common-rail diesel engine that puts out 84 bhp of power at 3,750 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 1,900 rpm, mated to a five-speed manual transmission. The Duster 110PS variant on the other hand sports a 1,461 cc common-rail diesel engine that puts out 108 bhp of power at 3,900 rpm and 248 Nm of torque at 2,250 rpm. There are a total of six diesel variants, three with the 85 PS engine spec, and three with the 110 PS engine spec. Also read: Renault Duster vs. Maruti Ertiga: Which is the car for you?
With such varied options, it is no wonder that the Duster is receiving a large number of bookings. What remains to be seen is how many more bookings Renault can rope in for the Duster and also whether the cars will get delivered to their owners in time.