Renault has witnessed most of its success with their compact SUV offering in India. The French car maker offers an array of products in India. They had launched their Duster a while ago and have since then introduced minor facelifts and special edition models.
The Duster is not being revamped right now, however, it is expected to be refreshed. At this point Renault will offer its compact SUV in India with an AWD option, which is expected to boost the value of the vehicle.
The French manufacturer has not confirmed the launch date so far, however, we expect it to be launched prior to the upcoming festive season. The AWD Duster has been awaited for a while now and we will have to wait and see, where Renault places their product.
The AWD Duster will be powered by a 1.5-litre turbo diesel mill, which will be mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. The engine will generate maximum power of 108 bhp, along with 108 Nm of peak torque. The AWD system is being sourced from Haldex, along with their clutch and suspension setup.
Renault will also provide several safety features with their AWD Duster. It gets hill start assist, anti-slip regulation, cruise control and electronic stability program. The compact SUV does not receive any change on the exterior.
The Duster AWD gets a refreshed interior and will be more premium than the existing model. Renault currently has no competition in its segment, however, it could take buyers away from Mahindra's Scorpio and Tata Safari both of which are available in 4x4 options.
Stay tuned as we will provide more updates as it is available. We expect Renault to launch their AWD Duster roughly at INR 13,00,000 ex-showroom. It will be a more premium option and will be treat for the individual driving it.
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