Renault’s sub-Duster Crossover spotted testing in Europe

French automaker Renault has begun testing a crossover that will slot in below the Duster SUV in terms of price and positioning. Other details about the sub-Duster crossover from Renault remain unavailable at the moment. From the looks of it though, the crossover could have a future mainly in emerging markets of the world. The Duster in itself, is a low cost SUV that was developed by Dacia, a Romanian car maker that is now owned by Renault.

Renault Low Cost Crossover Spyshot Photo
Renault Low Cost Crossover Spyshot Front


Given the steady demand for compact SUVs and crossovers from markets in the emerging world, automakers around the globe are developing a slew of affordable vehicles in this category. For instance, Mahindra is putting together two sub-4 meter SUVs that will both sit below the 7 lakh rupees mark. The Mahindra S101 is a Micro SUV that is likely to feature a sub-5 lakh rupee starting price tag while the U301 Bolero is a compact SUV that is expected to sit in between the 6-7 lakh rupee marks.

On a similar note, Nissan India is putting together a compact SUV to be slotted below the Terrano in terms of price and positioning. Volkswagen is building a sub-4 meter SUV developed mainly with India in mind while Honda is using the Brio platform for a new compact SUV that will have affordability as one of its cornerstones. India will receive more than a dozen new compact SUVs over the next 3 years.

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Renault Low Cost Crossover Spyshot Rear


Low cost SUVs based on monocoque platforms and featuring key attributes such as a high driving position, high ground clearance, spacious seating for five adults and a sub-4 meter length could eventually nibble away market share from budget hatchbacks in emerging car markets of the world. In such a scenario, a low cost crossover from Renault seems like a step in the right direction.

Via WorldCarFans