The 2020 Renault Duster BS6’s diesel variant is not available in the portfolio for now
Renault India has rather silently shared the prices of the BS6-compliant avatar of the Duster. The 2020 Renault Duster BS6 comes at a starting price of Rs 8.40 lakh, which is roughly Rs 50,000 more than that of the outgoing BS4 model. As per the company website, the Renault Duster BS6 comes in three petrol variants: RXE, RXS and RXZ at starting prices of Rs 8.49 lakh, Rs 9.29 lakh and Rs 9.99 lakh, respectively. All prices mentioned here are ex-showroom.
Yes, the new Renault Duster BS6 is not available in a diesel avatar (at least for now) even though the company has not shared the information on its Indian website. Furthermore, the petrol CVT variant has not made it through the update. The prices and specifications of the BS4 version (petrol and diesel) are still available on the website and we expect the page to be updated soon.
The 2020 Renault Duster petrol is powered by a BS6 1.5-litre H4K four-cylinder engine that makes 105bhp and 142Nm of torque. This is mated to a 5-speed manual. The power figures do not see a difference from that of the BS4 model. At Auto Expo 2020, the Renault India pavilion had an interesting turbo petrol variant of the Duster on showcase. The 1.3-litre mill is rated at 153bhp and 250Nm with a 6-speed manual or CVT.
Owing to the stiff competition, the Renault Duster has not had the success it initially received on the market. Launched in the country back in 2012, the Renault Duster compact-SUV/crossover can be regarded as an early gamechanger for the French automaker.
Renault India’s sales chart is not doing particularly well with the Duster and a good proportion of the monthly figures are contributed by its diesel model. In spite of many major brands going the petrol way, experts state that the demand for diesel vehicles in the segment will not go down that quickly. Hence, the Renault Duster BS6 could be introduced with a diesel powertrain in the near future.
In the outgoing BS4 format, the 1.5-litre DCi four-cylinder diesel motor came in two formats: 85ps (84bhp) and 110ps (108bhp). The former made 200Nm of torque while the latter was good for 245Nm. The 85ps model was mated to a 5-speed manual. On the other hand, the higher 110ps model got a 6-speed manual or an optional AMT. The top-of-the-line RXS (O) variant boasted of AWD.