Renault India has launched the new Renault Duster petrol auto in the country, priced at Rs.10.32 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). We exclusively told you about Renault presenting the automatic variant, while images of the Duster CVT surfaced online just yesterday. The more interesting part is that the Duster petrol line-up now gets an all-new 1.5 liter H4K petrol engine, replacing the 1.6 petrol. The new Renault Duster petrol starts at Rs.8.49 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the manual gear transmission and is offered in the RxL trims and RxE. Meanwhile, the Duster petrol auto is offered in a single RxS variant. The new 1.5 liter petrol engine is a downsized version of the 1.6 liter unit that was on offer before, but manages to make more power and better fuel efficacy than the predecessor.
Available only in the 2WD mode, the new Renault Duster 1.5 petrol produces 104.5 bhp at 5600 rpm and 142 Nm of peak torque at 4000 rpm. In comparison, the 1.6 H4K motor churned out 102 bhp and 148 Nm of torque. The new motor comes paired to a 6-speed manual transmission replacing the 5-speed manual, along with the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). A CVT is a stepless gear transmission system and uses a pulley to shift between gears, and selects the most apt transmission gear ratio for smooth driving and better-quality petrol economy. The Duster CVT returns an ARAI certified fuel proficiency of 14.99 kmpl, while the manual versions return 14.19 kmpl. In terms of fashioning, Renault India has made intelligent changes on the Duster CVT that a black grille, dual tone body coloured front bumper, tailgate decal, side decals and black door side sill. The CVT version also exclusively gets the 16-inch gunmetal finish alloy wheels. Inside, the cabin comes equipped with the 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system and new fabric upholstery among other goodies. The new Renault Duster petrol range now features the driver side airbag, ABS, EBD with brake assist as standard on the manual trims. The CVT version also comes with the nearside side airbag, Hill Start Assist and ESP. The petrol automatic compact SUV space is still growing and Renault’s newest offering will be competing with the Hyundai Creta and Ford EcoSport here. That said, for those looking at the same convenience in a diesel, Renault now offers the Duster Easy-R AMT that’s estimated at Rs.13.13 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Commenting on the launch, Renault India – Country CEO and Managing Director, Sumit Sawhney said, “The Duster plays a pivotal role in our product portfolio and with the introduction of the new petrol segment with CVT, Renault has the widest offering in the part, allowing 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.”