Renault Duster, a name which has managed its position as one of the top level competitor in the same segment SUVs has been now renovated again by the company. Undoubtedly, the SUV is making a blast in India since its launch and giving a tough fight to its other models of similar segments like Mahindra XUV500, Ford EcoSport and Nissan Terrano etc. With the many modifications in its exterior n interior as well, the company has named it as a new Adventure Edition. This Duster facelift is also getting a four-wheel-drive (4×4) system but probably by the mid of this year.
The price range has not increased after this update. The new price tags vary between 7.78 lakhs to 11.79 lakhs, which still making it one of the affordable same segment model. This new Adventure edition is placed as the new top-end variant of Duster which costs at 11.79 lakhs.
The same engine which are powered in ongoing SUV would be equipped in this new model too but only with diesel fuel while petrol unit is missing. The armed engine in this new adventure edition is 1461cc, 1.5 liter DCi K9K THP diesel which develops max power of 108.9bhp and peak torque of 248Nm. This diesel unit is mated with a 6-speed manual transmission.
Also, to provide this amazing SUV a better handling and safety on road, company is planning to offer a four-wheel-drive (4×4) system in this facelift model which means it will have total four wheels that are driven and also all four wheels can receive torque from engine if needed. This 4wd mode is responsible to perform better friction at the time of driving in challenging environment like snow, mud etc.
Currently, the existed Duster has only two-wheel-drive (4×2) system.
Though, the step of making this SUV 4×4 would be resulted in its less fuel efficiency. The reason is its receiving torque from engine by all four wheels now instead of two. So it wouldn’t be surprised if given mileage of this facelift Duster 4×4 will be reduced than the predecessor.
Space & Dimension:
Dimension will be same like the ongoing model i.e. 4315mm x 1822mm x 1695mm along with wheelbase of 2673mm and ground clearance of 205mm. It’s a five seater SUV which carries the car boot of 475 liters.
Interior & Exterior:
Some renovations are being made to its interior and exterior as well. The new Duster Adventure edition gets modified smoky headlamps, front armour with lamps, chrome trim, new roof rails, side body mouldings, new scuff plate, refined tail lamps, fog lamps and anthracite alloy wheels in gunmetal grey color etc. The revealed Duster is in a new Comete Grey color.
At inside the cabin, it gets a new lime green fabrics, sporty floor mats, dual tone dashboard including stitched Duster name on the seats. It also has advanced Media-NAV (media navigation) with high-end entertainment and communication console which ensures flawless navigation while at outside.
Car Zoom’s take:
Though, this royal SUV has given a tough fight to its rivals in Indian car market since the launch but still the increased competition in the presence of other same segment models like EcoSport, XUV500 etc provoked the company to take this step for making this car to be on top in its competitive list.
|Comparison of New Renault Duster variants|