Renault India announced the launch of new petrol X-Tronic CVT variant of Duster SUV today. Along with that, they have also announced the introduction of new 1.5L H4K petrol engine, which replaces the earlier 1.6 liter mill. Price of new petrol 1.5l Duster with manual transmission starts from INR 8.49 lakh, while that of the CVT variant starts from INR 10.32 Lakh, ex-showroom.
Renault is actively expanding its petrol offerings in the country specially considering buyers new found migration towards petrol variants. The recent focus on diesel engines, combined with emission norms has turned buyer’s attention away from diesel models.
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The new 1.5 liter engine is a four cylinder, petrol unit that offers 106 PS peak power (2 PS more as compared to older 1.6L petrol) at 5,600 rpm and 142 Nm torque at 4,000 rpm (6 Nm lesser). Mated to a manual transmission, this engine delivers 14.19 kmpl while mated to a CVT, this engine delivers 14.99 kmpl. The diesel engine on the other hand continues to be the same 1.5 liter unit as before. It is offered in two tunes – 85 PS and 110 PS. The former is mated to a 5 speed MT, while the latter is available with either a 6 MT or AMT. The 110 PS is also the only one which is offered with 2WD as well as 4WD. Others are 2WD. Mileage claimed by diesel stands at 19.6 kmpl for both engine options.
· Steering mounted audio and phone controls (in Duster RXL MT and Duster RXS CVT)
· Rear reading lamps (in Duster RXL MT and Duster RXS CVT)
· Gear shift indicator (in Duster RXL MT)
· ECO mode (in Duster RXL MT and Duster RXS CVT)
· Electrically adjustable Outside Rear View Mirrors (in Duster RXL MT and Duster RXS CVT)
· On-board trip computer with multi-information display (in Duster RXL MT and Duster RXS CVT)
o AVG. & Real time Fuel Consumption; Distance to empty; Average Speed; Outside Ambient Temperature; 4 Speakers (in Duster RXL MT)
· Integrated 7″ touch screen and audio system without NAV (in Duster RXS CVT)
o MP3/AM/FM Support; BLUETOOTH® for Audio and Telephone Control; USB & Aux-in; Smartphone Voice Recognition (iOS only); 4 Speakers
Mr. Sumit Sawhney, Country CEO and Managing Director, Renault India Operations said, “We have a clear goal of growing the Renault brand in India. Towards this, we are strategically strengthening our product range, expanding our network reach and initiating pioneering measures to ensure customer delight. Duster plays a pivotal role in our product portfolio and with the introduction of the new petrol range with CVT, Renault has the widest offering in the segment, enabling us to best cater to evolving customer needs. We are confident that the new Duster petrol range with the CVT will resonate well with discerning Indian customers in the fastest growing vehicle segment in India.”