Fuel Economy (claimed)- 13.24/20.46/19.01
The duster seems to have taken the fight to the hot selling products like the Scorpio and even the MUVs such as the Xylo and the newly introduced Ertiga, which has been an instant hit. The Duster is produced in Renault Nissan’s Orgadam plant near Chennai and employs a very highly level of localization to keep the costs at a bare minimum. The plant also exports the SUV to some of the European countries including the UK.
While Duster has been acclaimed worldwide by scribes as a no-nonsense, high on practicality and value product, it may have to face some challenges in India – limited number of dealerships being one of them. The French carmaker is working towards taking its dealerships count to 100 by the end of 2012.
EXTERIOR- Chrome satine skid plates, black and chrome satine roof bars, chrome satine side mirrors, chrome satin finish door handles, chrome satin door sill add on, 16″ alloy wheels with with centre cap of chrome Renault logo, chrome exhaust pipe finisher
INTERIOR- 2 tone beige/grey fabric seats, leather steering wheel & gear knob, wood like finish on embellisher, shiny black inside door handles, shiny black mouldings (baguette), bright chrome inner pull handles
SAFETY- ABS + EBD + Brake assist, dual front airbags, driver seat belt reminder, impact sensing door unlock , speed sensing door locking
DRIVING/COMFORT- Height adjustable driver seat, adjustable lumbar support for driver, rear parking sensors
OPTIONS- Leather seats, Navigation, rear AC
The Duster, which is approximately the size of the now defunct Tucson sports a chrome finished front grille, smart looking headlamps, a bumper that sports neatly integrated fog lamps and an air dam placed inside a skid plate-like housing.
In the side profile, the car has well pronounced wheel arches and the 5 spoke mags gel well with the beefy design. That said, the D pillar looks a tad too wide and the car could have done with wider windows in the rear doors. Ditto for the rear quarter glass. The Duster sure looks rugged and sporty in this profile but the aforementioned changes and blacked out B pillars could have given the car that extra character.
Coming to the rear end, the car continues to look beefy and integrated reflectors and skid plate are integrated into the bumper. The chrome plated number plate bulb holder and some smart surfacing on the hatch that gels seamlessly with the design of the tail lamps ensues that special touch to the rear.
Renault Duster (ex showroom, Delhi) prices are as follows:
Petrol engine 104PS
RxE: 7.19 lakh
RxL: 8.19 lakh
Diesel Engine 85PS
RxE: 7.99 lakh
RxL: 8.99 lakh
RxL diesel optional pack: 9.99 lakh
Diesel engine 110PS
RxL: 9.99 lakh
RxZ: 10.99 lakh
RxZ diesel optional pack: 11.29 lakh
Renault Duster (ex showroom, Mumbai)prices are as follows:
Renault Duster petrol
RxE – 7.47 lakhs
RxL – 8.52 lakhs
Renault Duster diesel
RxE – 8.31 lakhs
RxL – 9.36 lakhs
RxL option pack – 10.41 lakhs
RxL 110 PS – 10.41 lakhs
RxZ – 11.46 lakhs
RxZ option pack – 11.77 lakhs
Our sources informed us that the car will be launched at a starting price of INR 7.25 lakhs (for base variant of petrol model) and the info from them has turned out to be pretty accurate. At INR 7.19 lakhs, the car finds itself bang in the middle of upper C segment sedan territory and basically, this is exactly what Reanult intends.
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