Renault India recently announced that it will export the newly launched Renault Duster compact SUV to the South African market from India. The Duster will be sold in South Africa at a lower price tag when compared to Indian prices of Renault Duster. The duster will be launched the badge of Dacia. Dacia is a Romanian automobile manufacturer under Renault. Under the brand Dacia are launched some very economical products. Duster being a very aggressively priced SUV is sold under the Dacia badge in most of the markets.
Renault Duster has received an overwhelming response in the Indian market with more than 10000 booking from the time of launch. And as earlier announcements from Renault that it will export the Duster under the brand name Dacia. Renault will launch its Duster in the South African automobile market within next six months. What more interesting is the pricing, Dacia Duster will be priced more aggressively than the Indian market.
While talking to Carmag the Renault SA Chief Xavier Gobille said that the price tag will be “A killer for the competition” and according to sources the SUV will have price range starting from 115,000 South African Rand that is Rs. 7.6 lakhs as per Indian currency. Unlike the Duster in India the Dacia Duster will be available in both 4 wheel drive and 2 wheel drive option. Now when it comes to off-roading the Duster is a ready show, it got the SUV abilities like respective approach and departure angles of 35-degrees and 45-degrees and 210 mm of ground clearance.
Talking of the Engines, Dacia Duster will be powered by the similar 1.5 litre diesel and 1.6 litre petrol we get here. Now South Africa is not a diesel market like India so we expect there will not be diversified options in the Diesel engines like the Indian market. The diesel engine produces 240 Nm of torque and is mated with 6 speed manual transmission gearbox while the petrol engine produces 148 Nm of torque and comes with 5 speed gearbox. The Duster is spacious from inside and can easily seat 5 people at a time with luggage space of 475 litres. Renault is expecting a good response from the South African market. For Indian domestic model, Renault India has also announced the option to making Duster a 7 Seater by adding 2 jump seats as accessory. It will be interesting to see how the Indian made Renault Duster fares in the South African markets. We will keep you posted on the updates, stay tuned to Car Blog India.
source – iol motoring