French automaker Renault has already received 1,000 pre-launch orders for its highly anticipated SUV Duster, which is due for a launch in India soon.
Soon to arrive sometime in July, this power packed compact SUV will come attached with a price tag ranging between INR 700,000 to INR 1.2 million (Rs 12 lakhs). The auto manufacturer has registered INR 100,000 as the booking amount, auto website OnCars.in said.
The Duster, which is wholly manufactured in Chennai, is specifically produced with the Indian consumer in mind. Renault said that five other vehicles will be launched along with the Duster by the end of the year and this particular range will make up the "most youthful line-up on the Indian market."
In terms of technical specifications, the Duster will be made available in three engine choices, i.e the RxE, RxL and RxZ. The first two will arrive with a 1.6-litre or a 1.5-litre diesel option, while the top end model, the RxZ, will possess a 1.5-litre dCi diesel motor that puts out 110 PS of power and around 250 Nm of torque, the website said.
It's believed that the RxZ may give a fuel efficiency upto 21 kpl, whereas the former two variants will mostly deliver around 14 kpl for the power ratings.
According to Rush Lane, the Duster has been accorded with several awards including the 2011 4x4 of the Year in France and Argentina, Autobest 2011 in Germany, 2011 Car of the Year in Croatia and Russia, as well as the award for Golden Steering Wheel in Romania.
"Duster would be the most aggressive product from our stable, so far. We are close to finalising the details and introduce it at a very aggressive price. It will have multiple choices with the top-end model having dual airbags, leather upholstery, 16-inch alloy wheels and ABS with brake assist," Renualt India spokesperson Rajiv Mitra said according to an Economic Times report.
Apart from Brazil and Russia, India offers a vast marketing potential for Renault. The company is hoping to add over 20 more dealerships to its already existing 14 dealerships across the country by the end of the year, Renault said in its press release.