Renault India has taken feedback from its customers and potential buyers quite seriously and has removed on big bugbear from the Duster. It has removed the rear-seat AC vent that was situated between the front seats, therefore freeing up more legroom in the vehicle.
The new Renault Duster is being marketed as the Renault Duster RXZ Plus and is priced at Rs. 12.13 lakh. It’s a variant above the RXZ 110 and one below the RXZ 110 Option Pack. The Renault Duster RXZ Plus will come with all the features that the Option Pack has, except for the rear AC vent / blower. Also see: Ford EcoSport vs Renault Duster specs compared
It will feature the new satellite navigation, touch screen infotainment system, leather upholstery, ABS, two airbags, parking sensors, alloy wheels and electric mirrors. The engine is the same 1.5 litre DCI diesel engine that puts out 110 PS (108 bhp) of power and 248 Nm of torque mated to a six-speed manual transmission. It is a front-wheel drive car only as Renault has put on hold plans to introduce the 4×4 Renault Duster. Also read: Renault Duster records its lowest sales in July
One big grouse that buyers of the Renault Duster 110PS had was the rear AC blower unit. While rear AC vents are welcome, in the Duster, unfortunately, the rear AC blower unit ate into the legroom for the middle passenger and hence it was comfortable only for four people. However, by removing the AC blower unit in the middle row (which anyway had only a single vent with a blower control), it has freed up more legroom for passengers. The Duster anyway had a pretty efficient airconditioning unit and the lack of a rear AC vent won’t really be felt. Given that the Ford EcoSport (seen as the Renault Duster’s main rival) also doesn’t have a rear AC vent, it isn’t a big deal for Renault anymore. Also Read: Renault Duster vs. Ford EcoSport: Battle of the compact SUVs