Renault Duster Sandstorm Edition has been launched in India at a starting price of INR 10.9 lakhs for the 85 PS RxS variant. The 110 PS RxS variant carries a price tag of INR 11.7 lakhs. All prices are ex-showroom, Delhi.
The enhancements are purely cosmetic, starting from the bull bar with driving lights, black chrome treatment for the grille, smoked headlamps and eccentric triple racing stripes on the bonnet. Changes to the side come in the form of dark antracite alloy wheels and stripes on A pillar to the the lower part of the front doors. The dark chrome strip on the tailgate rounds off the embellishments.
Duster Sandstorm edition’s interior is spruced up with florescent accents on AC vents, instrument console, floor mats and dual-tone seat fabrics. Steering wheel, interior door handles, centre console and gear knob surrounds sport silver inserts. Noteworthy features include cruise control, gear shift indicator and Eco mode.
Renault Duster Sandstorm limited edition is available only in diesel variants. The 1.5-litre K9K diesel engine is available in two states of tune – 85 PS with a 5-speed manual transmission, and 110 PS with a 6-speed manual transmission. AMT is not on offer in this variant, and so is 4×4.
Sales of Renault Duster have been hit in the recent months due to the arrival of fresh competition in the form of Hyundai Creta and Maruti S-Cross. The French automaker would be hoping that the Sandstorm limited edition model would bring some attention back to its best seller.
Commenting on the launch of the new Duster Sandstorm, Mr. Sumit Sawhney, Country CEO and Managing Director, Renault India Operations said, “Renault Duster, which has over the years acquired the stature of a cult product, has the widest offerings in the SUV segment. As part of our endeavour to keep our products and services innovative and contemporary, the exciting enhancements on the Duster Sandstorm make it look even more rugged and tough – the very DNA of a true SUV. The new Duster Sandstorm Edition is offered at compelling price points and will provide the owners a bold, intelligent and efficient avatar of the Duster which will further continue to carry the legacy of the Duster forward in India.”