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Renault Duster 156 PS Launched – Rs 5 L Cheaper Than Creta, Seltos Turbo

Renault Duster Turbo Petrol 1.3 liter is priced from Rs 10.5 lakhs, ex-sh for the base petrol manual variant

Up until 2015, Renault Duster used to the best seller in its segment. It had little competition till then and the entire value proposition of a cross-overish SUV at that price point was new. However, since the arrival of Creta, sales of the Duster started to slow down. The product started aging up and so did the design. Launch of Seltos last year further made things difficult for Renault.

However, now Renault plans to gain back some lost ground. Renault India has today announced the launch of a turbo petrol version of the Duster. First showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo, this is the most powerful Duster ever. It is even more powerful than Kia Seltos and Hyundai Creta turbo variants.

Renault Duster Turbo Petrol Prices

The new 1.3 liter turbo petrol Renault Duster is priced from Rs 10.49 lakhs, ex-sh for the base RxE manual variant. It is about Rs 2 lakhs more expensive than the existing Duster 1.5 liter petrol NA motor. Top Duster turbo petrol RxZ variant is priced at 11.99 lakh for the manual and Rs 13.59 lakh for the CVT. Below are the detailed prices of Duster turbo petrol vs Creta, Seltos Turbo petrol variants.

Renault Duster Turbo Petrol Prices
Renault Duster Turbo Petrol Prices vs Creta, Seltos Turbo

Not only the new Duster is more powerful than Creta / Seltos, it is also cheaper by Rs 5 lakhs, when we compare the base variant prices. Ofcourse, it has to be noted that Creta and Seltos come loaded with features, and are built on new gen platform, whereas Duster is still built on the same platform from 2012.

Engine Specs

Duster’s new powertrain will comprise of an all new turbocharged 1.3 litre petrol motor which will be able to dish out 156 PS (154 HP) and 250 Nm of max torque (Best in class figures). The engine will come mated with 2 transmission options, a 6-speed MT and a CVT. While the engine is new for Renault, we have already seen the same engine on the 2020 Nissan Kicks recently. Fuel efficiency figures for the combination should stand around 15.8 kmpl as the same setup delivers similar figures on the Kicks.

2020 Renault Duster Specs
2020 Renault Duster Specs

In contrast, the standard Duster which is currently on sale in India gets a BS 6 compliant 1.5 litre naturally aspirated motor. It is a 4 cylinder engine which churns out 105 bhp and 142 Nm of max torque and comes mated to a 5-speed MT.

Aesthetically, there won’t be much to tell apart the more-powerful Duster from the standard version. However, subtle changes like new alloy wheels with red highlights, a turbo badging on the rear, red ascents on the grille and foglamp housing etc. will help the turbo-petrol equipped Duster to stand out. Will the new turbo Duster help Renault increase sales? Only time will tell.

Duster 1.5 Petrol MTPrice Ex-sh
RxERs 8.59 lakh
RxSRs 9.39 lakh
RxZRs 9.99 lakh
  
Duster 1.3 Turbo Petrol MTPrice Ex-sh
RxERs 10.49 lakh
RxSRs 11.39 lakh
RxZRs 11.99 lakh
  
Duster 1.3 Turbo Petrol CVTPrice Ex-sh
RxSRs 12.99 lakh
RxZRs 13.59 lakh
  
Creta 1.4 Turbo Petrol 7 DCTPrice Ex-sh
SXRs 16.17 lakh
SX (O)Rs 17.21 lakh
  
Seltos 1.4 Turbo Petrol MTPrice Ex-sh
GTXRs 15.54 lakh
GTX+Rs 16.39 lakh
  
Seltos 1.4 Turbo Petrol 7 DCTPrice Ex-sh
GTX+Rs 17.29 lakh

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