French auto maker Renault is all set to launch the new variant of its popular SUV Duster in India on 24 September.
From the visual stand point, the new Duster dubbed AWD is not much different from the Duster's existing front wheel drive version in the country except the smoked headlights and gun metal finish alloy wheels. The new model which is already on sale in the international markets is likely to get features like three-spoke steering wheel, touch-screen infotainment system, steering-mounted Controls, 2-DIN stereo system, rear air-conditioning vents, keyless entry and rear-parking sensors. The Duster AWD, the new All-Wheel-Drive SUV will have three modes – two-wheel drive, auto and four-wheel lock.
Under the hood, the Duster AWD will carry the same K9K 1.5-litre four-cylinder eight-valve diesel engine, which can generate a power of 107 hp and peak torque of 240 Nm, mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. Globally, Renault Duster 4×4, an SUV is sold with diesel and petrol engines. The petrol version is powered by a 1.6 litre four-cylinder engine, which offers a max power of 105 hp and peak torque of 148 Nm.
On the safety front the new Duster AWD is expected t include Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Emergency Brake Assist and Dual SRS Front Airbags. We do not know yet the exact pricing details of this upcoming new Duster, however previous reports have indicated that the SUV will be priced ₹80,000 higher than the current top end model of Duster in the country.
When launched, Duster AWD will be pitted against Mahindra Scorpio 4×4 and Tata Safari Storme 4×4 and the SUV model will be the top end model of Duster line up.
Renault will also be bringing its MPV Lodgy to India sometime in next year. The vehicle has been spotted on test in the country numerous times and is likely to get power from 1.5-litre K9K diesel engine in India and is expected to give two states of tune.