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Renault Duster – Muscle and brawn, all packed into an impressive package

The year is 2019 and Renault is already found a niche of its own. The Renault is a part of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi conglomerate and is riding high on its success. Things haven’t been as easy for this French automaker since beginning as it entered the Indian market with its already successful Logan brand from Dacia. It was sold under the Mahindra-Renault partnership and was marketed hugely. Still the car couldn’t find many buyers given the fuel efficiency and engine woes. The Renault brand sold its stake in the partnership to Mahindra and the Logan was rebranded as Verito with refreshed look and a hatchback called Verito Vibe. Still the magic was missing probably!

Renault Duster in India

Finally, the Renault S.A. entered the Indian market on its own in 2011 with cars like Renault Fluence, Renault Koleos and Renault Pulse which didn’t make that connection with Indian public and sales kept hitting low when Renault Duster was launched in 2012 and Renault cars tasted its first success in India. The Renault Duster won 34 awards in the same year giving a major boost to the compact SUV segment in India and setting a benchmark. The Renault Duster is a rebranded Dacia Duster sold in European markets and is pretty successful there too. The Renault Duster opened the gates for Renault cars in India and with the launch of Renault Kwid; the R.S.A. got the sweet gift in entry-level car segment too.

The Renault launched Duster 2019 with minor facelifts. Renault Duster despite being a compact SUV has kept Indian buyers glued to its driving seats due to its excellent highway performance and off-roading capabilities. The Renault recently launched an AWD version of Duster which has just added to its applicability.

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Renault Duster Engine

The Renault Duster is offered in 3 different variants (RxE, RxS, RxZ) with Petrol and Diesel fuel options each sporting a 1.5 litre 1498 cc and a 1461 cc engine churning 106 PS power and 142 NM torque for petrol and options for 110 PS and 85 PS for diesel variants respectively. The Petrol variant is spotted with 5-speed Manual, 6-speed CVT and AMT. Renault Duster is India’s first 6-speed CVT and it is offered in Petrol fuel option for it and in Diesel option for AMT. while the Petrol options manage an ARAI approved mileage of 14.99 km/l; the Diesel one gives a run about 19.87 km/l which is pretty decent given the high power engine and its off-roading capabilities.

Renault Duster Price

The Renault Duster price begins at Rs. 7.99 lacs for the base variant and goes up to Rs. 12.79 lacs for the RxZ AMT Diesel trim. The Renault Duster offers ABS with EBD and Brake Assist. It also included dual-front airbags, rear parking sensors, tilt-adjustable steering, electronic ORVMs with Apple carplay and Android auto compatible infotainment system.

The Renault Duster is being offered with benefits worth Rs. 65000 on all Diesel variants across India. It includes first year insurance at Re. 1 and cash benefits worth Rs. 20000 on all variants. The Duster petrol variants are offered with cash benefits worth Rs. 20000 only. The offers are limited to models booked till 28th February so hurry up and don’t let the deal slip off your hands.

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