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#1 Revmaster

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 10:23 AM

SPIED: Much awaited Renault Duster caught testing in Chennai

Amidst the rumors and speculations and half cooked news about the launch of the Renault Duster in India, some more spy pics of the car being tested on Indian roads have emerged on the web world. It may be noted that the Renault India has high hopes for this Mini-SUV in our SUV crazy country and these sightings show that the manufacturer wishes not to leave any stone unturned when it comes to fine tuning the Duster for Indian market. Here are the details of this soon to be launched car:

The Duster, like the Logan and unlike the Fluence, is an ‘economy-class’ vehicle manufactured by Dacia.The SUV is built on the same platform as the Logan nay(!!) the Mahindra Verito. Renault recently unveiled the Duster ‘compact-SUV’ at the ongoing Auto Expo in New Delhi. The Romanian version was seen being showcased in India, albeit, with a few minor alterations. Renault is planning to make India an export hub for the Duster SUV.The firm revealed its plans to export Duster to the UK by the end of 2012 under the Dacia badge.

Design and Styling

Speaking of the dimensions, the Duster looks almost similar in size to the now defunct Hyundai Tucson but the car should be priced significantly lower.Talking of the front, the Duster sports a chrome finished front grille, smart looking headlamps, a bumper that sports neatly integrated fog lamps and an air dam placed inside a skid plate like housing. In the side profile, the car has well pronounced wheel arches and the 5 spoke mags gel well with the beefy design. That said, the D pillar looks a tad too wide and the car could had done with wider windows in the rear doors. Ditto for the rear quarter glass. The Duster sure looks rugged and sporty in this profile but the aforementioned changes and blacked out B pillars could had given the car that extra character. Coming to the rear profile, the car continues to look beefy and integrated reflectors and skid plate are integrated into the bumper. The chrome plated number plate bulb holder and some smart surfacing on the hatch that gels seamlessly with the design of the tail lamps ensues that special touch to the rear. I am hard pressed to find a fault but then, as it is my job to, why not twin tail pipes here?

Specifications

The car will be powered by a 1.5 liter dCi diesel engine and a 1.6 liter petrol engine with a power output of 105 bhp each and torque of 240 Nm and 148 Nm respectively. It may be noted that this oil burner is already found in the Fluence and Logan sedan, albeit, in different states of tunes. This simply means that the compact SUV will sport a diesel engine that has been tried and tested in the Indian mart. In addition to this, the car will be available in both 4X2 and 4X4 versions.

Price

The Renault Duster is scheduled for launch in India by mid 2012. The Duster will come along with a price tag of around INR 7-9 lakhs. The SUV designed for the Indian and UK markets will be similar with a few cosmetic changes though.

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#2 NikhilB

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 11:48 AM

That's some smart looking alloys...
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Posted 20 June 2012 - 08:51 PM

One of the best ads around! lamo on the home page http://www.renault.co.in/
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#4 NikhilB

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 03:00 PM

Renault Duster launched!!
Ranges from Rs. 7.19L to 11L (base petrol to top-end diesel).

PS: They also indicated the next launch will be around Diwali. I'm betting on a cross-dressed Sunny.
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Posted 04 July 2012 - 04:01 PM

Super hot price i must say..
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#6 abiraj

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 02:11 PM

Whats the opinion of the gurus here on this car. For the commute of city at 85% and the rest on highways, will the 85ps version be sufficient?

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 11:14 PM

Yes, it will be sufficient.

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 11:01 AM

:clap2:

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 02:36 PM

^^

I'd suggest you take a test ride and see for yourself. Some have not liked the turbo-lag at lower rpms.
You can judge if it affects your driving.
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