Renault Duster SUV was introduced in the Indian auto industry earlier this year. Ever since its launch, the SUV has managed to create a stir. It has beaten Mahindra XUV500 and Scorpio as far as monthly sales are concerned. Duster has managed to amaze Red Bull driver Mark Webber and BBC Top Gear team. In the UK, Renault sells Duster under their Dacia brand. Earlier this month, Renault also announced that they have started exporting made in India Duster SUV’s to the UK and Ireland with Dacia badging.
Renowned British auto magazines – Top Gear and FHM (For Him Magazine) have awarded the Dacia Duster with two more awards. Dacia Duster which has received instant recognition even before the right hand drive versions could make their way into UK markets have already received 1,400 orders. This highly affordable SUV was declared “Bargain of the Year 2012”.
For this the Top Gear team took the vehicle to the Cañón del Pato (Duck Canyon) in the Andes which is stated to be one of the most precarious and dangerous roads in the world. The SUV lived upto expectations proving its mettle while the team tackled this mountainous region. The Dacia Duster displayed its best ride handling balance resulting in the Top Gear team declaring it a winner. FHM put the Dacia Duster through similar ordeals to test its limit and performance.
Dacia Duster is priced at £8,995 and will be launched in UK markets from January 2013. It will be launched along with the Sandero supermini which will be priced at £5,995 while the Sandero Stepway supermini will be available in 2013 for just under £8,000.