The Ford EcoSport is surely taking long to come to us. The upcoming compact crossover, which should be launched before March 2013, will be a direct competitor to the Renault Duster. Now, the Duster has done a world of good to Renault India and arrival of Ecosport could pose a great hurdle in Renault’s dream run. However, it has emerged that Renault India is planning to launch a 4×4 variant of the Duster and hence, keep the buzz around the compact SUV alive.
Renault India already exports Duster 4×4 to United Kingdom and would not involve much of infrastructure enhancement to make it available in India.
Safely expect the Renault Duster 4×4 to command a premium of INR 70-90k over 2wd variants.
|Ford EcoSport||Renault Duster|
|Engine Size||1.5L Diesel Engine/1L 3 cylinder Eco Boost Petrol||1.5 CRDi diesel engine/ 1.6 litre of petrol engine|
|Price Range||Rs. 9,00,000 (approx)||Rs. 9,00,000 (approx)|
|Power||118 BHP||85 BHP|
|Gear box||5 speed manual transmission/6 speed Powershift automatic transmission with dual clutch||6 speed manual transmission|