Dacia, the Romanian subsidiary of Renault, showcased its new Dacia Duster AWD with the new 1.2-litre petrol engine at the ongoing 85th Geneva Motor Show.
The new Duster, which is powered by the 125 TCe mills, has the capacity to churn out 123 hp of power and 250 Nm of peak torque between 2,000 and 3,000 rpm, and comes mated to six-speed manual transmission. It is available in 4WD set up. This new Duster model will enter the Europe market by 2016 and will replace the current 2-litre engine there. The new engine in the Duster is also likely to dish out improved fuel efficiency for the model.
In India, Duster has witnessed record sales ever since its entry into the market. Considering the massive success achieved by the current models of Duster in the country, Renault is expected to have pinned high hopes on the new Duster too.
It is not sure if the same engine will find market in India, but the chances cannot be ruled out as there is an increasing demand for new petrol engines in the country. US automaker Ford Motor has managed to accumulate good sales figures with its EcoBoost engine in the country.
The company, which recently rolled out a new facelifted avatar of its hatchback Pulse in India, is expected to announce the launch of its MPV Lodgy in coming months. To be manufactured at Renault-Nissan plant in Oragadam, Chennai, the upcoming Lodgy will compete with Honda Mobilio, Maruti Ertiga and Chevrolet Enjoy. The model is likely to get a price tag in the range of ₹8- ₹11 lakh in India.
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