Renault has launched the BS6 compliant Duster Petrol. The SUV is costlier by Rs 50,000 now. However, it loses out its loved diesel engine.
Renault Duster has advanced in the BS6 space now, leaving its beloved diesel engine behind. The specifications, as of now, are not revealed but just the prices are out. In comparison to the BS4 version, the base variant is costlier by Rs 50,000.
BS6 Renault Duster Petrol will come in three variants – RXE, RXS and RXZ. The Duster Petrol-CVT combo has been dropped as well, due to the norms. Technically, the price range remains the same from Rs 8.49 Lakhs up to Rs 9.99 Lakhs (ex-showroom).
Most likely, it continues with the same 1.5 Litre H4K four-cylinder petrol engine. The motor is capable of producing 105 BHP and 142 Nm of peak torque. The engine comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The power figures remain the same as earlier.
Renault showcased the 1.3 Litre turbo-petrol engine at the Auto Expo 2020, which will come on the Duster. The engine produces 153 BHP and 250 Nm of peak torque, making Duster the most powerful SUV in its class. Actually, it will be even more powerful than Seltos turbo petrol and MG Hector. This engine will come with a 6-speed MT and a CVT.
Talking about the diesel engine, Duster used to come with a 1.5 Litre turbo-diesel engine. In a lower state of tune, it produces 85 PS and 200 Nm of peak torque. In a higher state of tuning, or basically for top-spec variants, it produced 110 PS and 245 Nm. The 85PS engine came with a 5-speed MT as standard. The 110PS engine came with a 6-speed MT and a 6-speed AMT.
Renault launched the facelifted Duster in November last year, which gave it a mild cosmetic upgrade. Features on the SUV include a touchscreen infotainment system, automatic headlamps, projector headlamps, Rear AC Vents, steering mounted audio and phone controls, cruise control and an optional AWD configuration too.
Renault has confirmed that it has discontinued diesel engines in India. However, seeing the popularity of Duster in India and mainly, for its torquey diesel engine, we can expect it to make a comeback sometime later. There are chances that Duster diesel might actually never be launched again. Now, we just have to wait and watch if the Duster petrol fills up the blank space left by its diesel engine.