Thereisa truckload of mid-size SUVs available in the Indian market for the urban commuter. There are, however, only a few SUVs that correctly go by that title. For those unaware, an SUV is a high-riding vehicle with ample ground clearance, high-seating position, and off-road capabilities. The definition of SUVs, then, has changed a lot over the course of time. So much so, even the S-Presso is now billed as a mini-SUV.
Now, I can bet you cannot take an S-Presso off the tarmac, but there’s one hidden gem in the mid-size SUV segment that truly deserves the SUV moniker. It is the car you see above, the Renault Duster, which was updated with a number of styling tweaks last year.
But it’s still not the second-gen Duster that’s already on sale in the International markets. Instead, the car you see here was mildly updated to match the necessary regulatory requirements last year. Now, the only noticeable difference with the turbo petrol Duster is the use of sportier red accents on the front and a newer design for the alloy wheels. Rest is the same as the Duster which we saw last year. Read more below.
The mid-cycle update to the Renault Duster last year didn’t bring any substantial changes to the exterior. Same can be said for the turbo-petrol variant you see here, for it only gets a few over-the-top additions over the standard model. On the dimensions front, the car is 4,360mm in length, 1,822mm in width, and 1,695mm in height. It has a fuel tank capacity of 50-litres and a boot-space capacity of 475-litres. The ground clearance is 205mm.
As of early-2020, the Duster comes powered with two engines, with the entry-level engine being the 1.5-litre four-cylinder naturally-aspirated unit which churns out 105bhp and 142Nm of torque. It comes mated to either a 5-speed manual or a CVT automatic gearbox. Next is the 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel, good for 84bhp and 200Nm of torque. It comes mated to either a 5-speed manual or an AMT. While the petrol engine will be updated to BS-VI emission standards, the diesel is expected to be axed out soon. The petrol engine will be available in lower variants and only a 5-speed manual gearbox when updated.
A new 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine with direct injection is on the cards, which, with its incredible torque rating, will be replacing the diesel. It is rated at 156bhp and 250Nm. It is expected to be mated to a 6-speed manual or a CVT automatic gearbox.
While the official fuel efficiency figures for the 1.3-litre turbo-petrol are not out just yet, here’s how efficient the older powertrains were. The diesel engine, with both the manual and AMT, is capable of delivering 19.6km/l. As for petrol, it is good for 13.6km/l, with both manual and CVT gearbox.
The 2019 update to the Duster brought with it a new set of features and equipment. However, in comparison to its competitors, the Duster seems a bit under-equipped. The top-spec trim gets you a 7.0-inch touchscreen with both Apple Carplay and Android Auto, climate control, cruise control, projector headlamps with DRLs, and roof rails. The turbo-petrol Duster, for when it comes, is likely to get some additional features such as push-button start with keyless entry, cabin pre-cooling function via the key fob, an upsized 8.0-inch touchscreen with better graphics, as speculated.
The Duster, as of early-2020, comes in seven shades, namely, Mahogany Brown, Caspian Blue, Pearl White, Moonlight Silver, Cayenne Orange, Outback Bronze, and Slate Grey. The Caspian Blue shade was introduced with the facelift, and it does well too, portraying the rugged character of the Duster.
All the details regarding the Renault Duster, namely, the engine, specifications, variant wise equipment, colours, dimensions, interiors, and exterior details are extensively covered in the brochure.
Variants and Prices
As of early-2020, the Renault Duster is available in nine variants, withtwo variants for the petrol-manual, one variant for the petrol-CVT, five variants for the diesel-manual and one variant for the diesel-AMT. The prices start at Rs. 8.00 lakhs for the RXE Petrol variant going all the way up to Rs. 12.55 lakhs for the 110 PS RXZ AMT Diesel variant (both prices ex-showroom, Delhi). For the variant-wise on-road prices, visit us at autoX.
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