Recently we had informed you about Renault Duster LPG variant launched in Europe which interested us a lot since the car is going to be on the affordable side and a company fitted LPG or CNG kit along with it might attract enough buyers in India.
But that is a plan to be implemented once the Renault Duster establishes itself here through its petrol and diesel siblings. Renault has already announced that it will launch the Duster by mid-2012 and the latest news says that Duster will be launched in 5 different variants.
The car will be offered with two engines options, a 1.6 liter MPFI petrol and a 1.5 CRDi diesel. The diesel one currently powers the Renault Fluence and used to power Mahindra Logan, before Mahindra & Mahindra and Renault parted ways.
The diesel engine will also be available in two different choices depending on the power outputs. The entry level diesel will produce 85 BHP while the other top of the line will deliver 110 BHP. The 110 BHP engine is the “Step 4” version of the K9K engine development.
On the interiors the Duster resembles Logan which had not so impressive looks and therefore Renault is expected to restyle it a bit so as to appeal to its customers. Unlike Ford Ecosport, another aspiring low cost SUV, the Duster does not fall into the sub 4-meter category and hence will not be able to exploit excise benefits.
As far as the pricing is concerned, it is expected to fall into the Rs.7 – Rs. 11 Lakh price bracket and the company is targeting at 50,000 units a year. We hope the car turns out to be a value for money one and impresses the customers.
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