India bound Renault Duster becomes cheapest SUV in UK at £8,995 (Photos)

Renault Duster SUV is all set to arrive in India next month, but before that, it has been launched in UK with a base price tag of £8,995 OTR (Rs 7.98 lacs), making Duster as the cheapest SUV in the country. Renault Duster is now available for pre-order in the UK from today across all official showrooms.

Duster SUV was first launched back in 2010 in Europe. Developed by Renault owned Romanian car maker, Dacia, Duster SUV is 4.31 meters in length, 1.82 meters in width and has a ground clearance of 210 mm. Available in both petrol and diesel powered engine variants, Duster is being promoted as the most affordable new SUV.

Duster petrol is powered by a 1.6L four cylinder engine generating 105 PS power and 148 Nm torque while giving a mileage of 39.8 mpg or 13.93 kmpl. Two variants of this model will be available, 2WD and 4WD. Duster petrol will have a top speed of 164 kmph (102mph) and can accelerate from 0-100 kmph (0-62 mph) in just 11.5 seconds (160 kmph and 12.8 seconds respectively for the 4WD variant). Carbon emissions are at 177 gms / km for 2WD and 185 gms / km for the 4WD.

An even powerful variant of Duster petrol is also available, but the chances of this making to India doesn’t seem bright. This one will have 2.0L engine 4WD generating 135 PS and 195 Nm torque. Topspeed 177 kmph and 0-100 kmph in just 10.4 seconds. Mileage 36 mpg or 12.6 kmpl.

Duster diesel is available in the UK with two trims – Ambience and Laureate, each having a 2WD and a 4WD option. Powered by 1.5L diesel engine from Renault, Duster diesel has a base price of £11,495 OTR (Rs 10.21 lacs) and topend price of £14,995 OTR (Rs 13.33 lacs). 1.5L diesel engine generates 110 PS power and peak torque of 240 Nm. Mileage – 53 mpg (19 kmpl),  top speed is at 170 kmph, 0-100 kmph in 11.8 seconds while carbon emissions at 140 gms / km.

All right hand drive variants of Duster are being manufactured at Renault-Nissan’s plant in Chennai, India and exported to countries in Europe. Duster has a boot space of 475 ltrs which can be increased up to 1,636 ltrs when rear seats are folded.

Features of the Duster base model include 16” steel wheels, four airbags, remote central locking, roof bars and ABS. Duster mid variant (Ambience) will add a music system, AUX, USB, Bluetooth connectivity, fingertip controls, body colored bumpers, foldable rear seats, height adjustable driver seat, and fog lights. The topend model of Duster (Laureate) will add electric rear windows, leather wrapped steering wheel, 16 inch alloys, trip computer, AC, satin chrome finish for the roof bars, side sills, scuff plates, and outside door handles.

Duster Access 4×2 petrol – £8,995
Duster Access 4×4 petrol – £10,995
Duster Ambience 4×2 diesel – £11,495
Duster Ambience 4×4 diesel – £13,495
Duster Laureate 4×2 diesel – £12,995
Duster Laureate 4×4 diesel – £14,995

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