Ground clearance is increased from 205mm to 210mm in Duster 4×4 to differentiate the off-roader. As for power train scoops, Indian market will see only diesel engine driving all four wheels as opposed to petrol engine also being offered in international markets. Petrol version of 4×4 in India would most certainly be left for show if launched, given not so demanding sales of regular petrol Duster here. As a reminder, the diesel engine in Duster has 1.5 liter displacement through 4 cylinders, producing 107hp max. power and 240Nm peak torque. While petrol version features 1.6 liter 4 cylinder engine churning out 105hp max. power and 148Nm peak torque. Duster 4WD will come with a 6-speed manual transmission.
4×4 option will most likely feature only in top of line RxZ variant of Duster, for a difference of around Rs. 80,000 to Rs. 1.1 lakh more. This strongly competes with Mahindra XUV500, Scorpio and Tata Safari Storme in 4×4 space.
Renault’s flagship Duster made quite a debut in India in mid-2012. Within few months into its launch, Renault had to triple the production in their Oragadam plant near Chennai, from 7 cars per hour to 20 per hour, to meet the demand Duster created. It also grabbed 23 percent of compact SUV market share in its first year of conception. Now lets see what all new 4WD variant does in its segment.
Nissan just recently launched a 4 wheel drive variant of Terrano in Russia with two petrol engine options. Will Nissan bring a 4×4 Terrano here soon after Duster 4×4 sets foot in India?