Renault India Private Limited is currently riding high with the success of its mid size SUV model, Duster. It was first launched in year 2011 and since then, it received an overwhelming response from the buyers. It was rolled out with a two-wheel drive option as standard for all the variants in its series. Now, the car maker has officially launched its all-wheel drive version with quite a few updates in terms of both inside and out. It is made available in RxL and RxZ platform with 1.5-litre dCi diesel engine as standard.
This engine is capable of churning out 108.5bhp of peak power in combination with a maximum torque of 248Nm. At the same time, these new variants have been incorporated with i-drive Shift-on-fly system with three modes like 2WD, Auto and 4-Wheel lock. On the other hand, the car maker has retained all the existing variants including the exclusive Adventure edition trims. There are two other petrol variants available in this series that are equipped with a 1.6-litre, K4M, 4-cylindered power plant that is mated with a five speed manual transmission gearbox. However, the main highlight will be the newly introduced AWD version that has a slew of additional features along with some cosmetic updates.
The interior is conservative yet cheerful and spacious. There is no futuristic styling here and instead you get a functional and practical instrument design. The dashboard is clutter free and you get many features including a 4 speaker music system with USB/AUX and Bluetooth. The equipment levels on the Duster are very good as you also get keyless entry, ABS with Brake Assist & EBD, dual front Airbags, satellite Audio & phone control, rear defogger, rear wiper & washer, electrically adjustable ORVMs, rear parking sensors, rear AC and leather upholstery. When it comes to space the headroom and legroom are excellent. Passengers at the rear will find the seats comfy and providing excellent headroom and legroom. Storage is also taken care off with a big glove-box, plethora of cup-holders and an adequate 475 litre boot.
The Duster is light by SUV standards, and this more than anything else was bound to reflect in its fuel consumption. Driving in congested city streets, the Duster delivered a fuel economy figure of 11.8kpl. Out on the highway, the tall sixth gear makes the Duster a relaxed cruiser and allows it to stretch each litre of diesel for a remarkable 17 kilometres.
You Must Like:-
• A monocoque SUV at the price of C2 segment sedans. Good looking too
• Robust, abuse-friendly build & construction
• Outstanding ride quality. Comfortable over any kind of road
• Car-like to drive. Balanced handling and dynamics
• 205mm of ground clearance. Dismisses broken roads with aplomb
• Fuel efficient 1.5L diesel engine with adequate power on tap
The Best Price For Renault Duster is $12406.29-$20503.52.