Renault has now officially announced that they will bring two of their cars to the Indian Market. One among the SUVs would be the Renault Duster. Iit may be one of the cheapest SUV in the world. The price of this car is said to be between 6.5 lakh to 7 lakh.. The Duster is available in two models with two-wheel or four-wheel drive. The 4x4 variants make use of Nissan's all-wheel drive system which allows the driver to choose from three different driving modes: Auto, in which the front/rear torque split is calculated automatically as a function of available grip, Lock, whereby 50 per cent of torque is consistently fed through the rear axle, and 4x2 where the transmission is locked into two-wheel drive for maximum fuel efficiency.
The Duster is available in the 1.6 petrol or the 1.5 diesel. The 1.6 L petrol version is said to churn out 105 bhp while the 1.5 L is tuned to produce either 85 or 110 bhp. The Duster is long and wide as well and is a bit smaller than the Mahindra Scorpio. The seating capacity of the car is five adults.
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Renault Duster's occupants will appreciate the high standard of travelling comfort it provides, whatever the type of road or terrain, thanks to its high ride-height (205mm in 4x2 version and 210mm in 4x4 version) and specific work on its suspension (damper travel, springs and calibration). Comfort is further enhanced by Duster's long wheelbase (2.67m) and big 16-inch wheels.
Renault Duster can be ordered with a 1.6 16V 105 petrol engine or a dCi 85 diesel engines, both of which have already showcased their qualities under the bonnet of numerous other Renault models.
Both boast particularly thrifty fuel consumption:
· The combined cycle fuel consumption of the 4x2 and 4x4 versions of Renault Duster dCi 85 is just 5.1 and 5.3 litres/100km respectively.
· The combines cycle fuel consumption of the 4x2 and 4x4 versions of Renault Duster 1.6 16V 105 is 7.5 and 7.9 litres/100km respectively.
No compromise on safety
Renault Duster benefits from Renault’s acclaimed expertise in the area of safety.
On the active safety front, Renault Duster features, depending on versions, Bosch 8.1 ABS, as well as EBV electronic brakeforce distribution and EBA emergency brake assist.
On the passive safety front, Renault Duster is fitted, as standard, with two front airbags (depending on market) and three-point seat belts with load limiters for the front seats, to which pyrotechnic pretensioners can be added. Depending on the version, two lateral head/thorax airbags are fitted in addition to the driver and passenger front airbags.
Manufacturing and sales
Revealed at the 2011 Buenos Aires Motor Show, Renault Duster is manufactured in the
plant ( )
and appeared on the Brazilian and Argentinian markets in October of the same
Then it should spread across other South American markets.
This car will also be manufactured in the SOFASA plant (
Renault Duster will be soon available in
Russia, Ukraine, the Middle East ( Jordan, Syria,
Lebanon), India and some African countries ( ). Egypt
Engine: 1598 cc
Torque: 148Nm@3750 rpm
Transmission: five-speed manual
Engine: 1461 cc
Torque: 240Nm@1750 rpm
Transmission: six-speed manual
Length: 4315 mm
Width: 1822 mm
Height: 1625 mm
Wheelbase: 2673 m