The 2012 Duster was unveiled at the 2012 January New Delhi Auto Show, impressing the onlookers with its chrome finished front grille and striking headlamps, a bumper with integrated fog lamps and an airdam, placed strategically inside the skid plate. The prominent wheel arches featured in the Duster adds to the rugged and sporty appearance of the SUV.
Launched with a tagline, ‘Drive the change’, the robust and entertaining Duster is sold in some of the global markets under the name of Dacia Duster. In India, Renault plans to manufacture the SUV at its plant in Chennai
Renault Duster offers options of two petrol and four diesel variants. The diesel variants include a 1,461cc 1.5 liter dCi diesel engine with churns out a peak power of 85 bhp at 3750 rpm in the RxE and RxL variants. Maximum torque of 200 Nm is produced at 1900 rpm. The two variants are mated to a five speed manual transmission and offer a good fuel efficiency of 20.46 kmpl. The RxZ and RxL variants churn out a peak power of 110 bhp @3900 rpm along with a peak torque of 248 Nm at 2250 rpm. The two variants are mated to a six speed manual transmission and boast a fuel efficiency of 19.01 kmpl.
The petrol fired versions of the RxE and RxL variants feature a 1598cc 1.6 liter petrol engine which gives an output of 105 bhp at 5850 rpm and a maximum torque of 148 Nm at 3750 rpm. The engine is mated to a five speed manual transmission system and gives out a fuel efficiency of 13.24 kmpl.
Both the petrol and diesel variants will support 4×2 architecture initially, which is expected
to be tough competition to the upcoming Ford EcoSport SUV. Renault plans to launch a 4×4 variant subsequently.
Renault is currently underway with a feasibility study for the viability of small entry cars in India with an intention of introducing a small car with a price tag of about Rs 3 lakhs. Similar to the Logan which has been an entry level car in various global markets, the new car will be an economy class vehicle, aimed at the price conscious customers. The French carmaker expects to follow the same with other new launches on the Indian soil.