Renault has not been able to establish itself as a potential brand in India and therefore it has a number of plans in mind which eventually put him in the race among the leaders in the automobile market. The French manufacturer is planning to launch the Renault Modus small car and the entry level sedan Renault Symbol in India during 2012 and will unveil the Renault Duster SUV globally around 2012 mid.
The latest news concerned with the much awaited Renault Duster says that the company will follow the same strategy which is currently being followed by Nissan. Nissan launched the Nissan Micra a while back which did not do well in the market but to overcome those losses, the company has started exporting the same car to other markets. For the same purpose it has been exploiting the Orgadam facility, near Chennai to its limits and we will probably see the same strategy being followed by Renault for the Duster.
Eventually Renault will make India as its export hub and will start exporting the Duster in right hand drive markets such as UK, with a Dacia badge(The SUV is known as Dacia Duster globally where Dacia is a subsidiary of Renault).
Due for its launch by mid-2012 the car will be powered by a 1.5 Litre CRDi dCI diesel motor which will produce 105 BHP of max power and 240 Nm of max torque. Apart with this a MPFI petrol engine will also be offered which will be a 1.6 Litre unit producing 105 BHP of max power and peak torque of 148 Nm. Being an SUV, the car will be offered in both 4×4 all wheel drive and 4×2 drive options and is expected to be priced near Rs. 8.5 lakh.
The list of competitors include some of the most successful cars like the Mahindra Scorpio and Tata Safari. If priced right and offered with good feature the car will surely become the next highest selling SUV in its segment so all we have to do is wait and watch.
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