Renault Duster LPG India launch later in 2013: To compete with Ford EcoSport EcoBoost
French car manufacturer, announced the launch of a new LPG variant of the Duster SUV in France. Duster LPG SUV is priced in France from €13,350 (INR 9.60 lakhs or $17,906).
The LPG tank comes with 32 liter capacity, and it is placed where the spare wheel is kept in the petrol and diesel variants of Duster. So, the Renault Duster LPG will not feature a spare wheel, but it will come with a tyre inflation kit. It is powered by a 1.6L engine that generates 105 hp. Renault France has tuned the engine at their state of the art factory, for optimum performance and mileage. The engine comes with a 3 years / 100,000 kms warranty. Dacia, Renault’s Romanian subsidiary, is responsible for more than 50% LPG car sales in France. Duster LPG bookings have already commenced in France.
Renault Duster LPG 4×2 will emit 146 gms of CO2 per km, compared to 167 gms/km emitted while on petrol. This means, that Duster LPG will not come under any mobility restrictions due to vehicular carbon emissions in France. Renault adds, “More than half of France’s administrative regions make no charge for the vehicle’s log book.” Duster LPG will deliver a mileage of 10.89 kmpl when running on LPG, and 13.88 kmpl when running on petrol. The LPG variant of Duster will be offered in two trims, Ambiance and Laureate, priced at €13,350 and €14,350 respectively.
LPG is not only cheaper, but it is also less polluting. Renault France says, the new Duster will now save you money every time you refill your fuel tank. Duster LPG comes with a range of 1,000 kms on a full tank. Renault India is expected to launch the LPG variant in India later this year, to compete with the all new EcoSport with EcoBoost engine.
Battle between EcoSport and the Duster is already taking place in Brazil, where both models are available. In Brazil, Ford EcoSport outsold Renault Duster for the month of Jan 2013. India will get the EcoSport in March/April this year. Only time will tell who wins the compact SUV segment battle in India.