Renault Duster 1.3 turbo-petrol launched – Starts at Rs 10.49 lakh
The turbo-petrol Renault Duster was launched, with prices ranging from Rs 10.49 lakh to Rs 13.59 lakh ( ex-showroom, India). The midsize SUV turbocharged version is available with a manual gearbox and two versions with automatic transmission in three trim levels. The Duster continues to be sold with a naturally aspired petrol mill as before, while prices for the entry-level models RxE and mid-spec RxS have been hiked by Rs 10,000.
The Renault Duster is powered by a new 1.3-liter, direct-injection turbocharged petrol engine, which produces 156hp and 250Nm of torque. The Duster turbo-petrol gearbox options include a 6-speed manual and a 7-step CVT automatic.
In addition, along with this new turbo-petrol engine, the 106hp,1.5-liter, naturally aspirated petrol engine continues to be available. The 1.5-liter unit is available with a single 5-speed manual transmission.
Earlier this year’s change to BS6 standards had seen Renault pull the plug on the famous 1.5-liter K9 K diesel engine from the Duster. The switch to petrol-only powertrain also saw the SUV’s capable all-wheel drive (AWD) variant removed from the line-up.
The Renault Duster 1.3 turbo-petrol looks nearly similar to the Duster regular, save for the ‘Turbo’ badging. There are no improvements in style inside the cabin either.
However, the Renault Duster RXZ top-spec gets more features, such as a fuel-saving engine stop-start system, remote cabin pre-cooling, hill-start assist, 8.0-inch touchscreen, and 17-inch alloy wheels.
Renault has priced the Renault Duster 1.3 turbo-petrol engine option over the Duster ‘s natural-aspired 1.5-liter engine at a premium of almost Rs 2 lakh. The CVT auto models are priced higher than their corresponding manual counterparts Rs 1.6 lakh more.
Nevertheless, the Duster is the lot’s most affordable midsize turbo-petrol SUV. The Nissan Kicks turbo, which shares its running gear with the Renault, has a higher starting price of Rs 1.36 lakh (at Rs 11.85 lakh), especially considering the Nissan ‘s forced-induction iteration misses on the entry-level trim.
In contrast, at Rs 15.54 lakh, the 1.4-liter Kia Seltos turbo-GDI start nearly Rs 5 lakh higher than the Duster turbo-petrol, while the Hyundai Creta turbo is priced further upward at Rs 16.16 lakh, as it is only paired with an automatic DCT transmission. Nevertheless, the Korean brothers packed in much more supplies than their European counterparts.