The Renault Duster’s 4X4 variant is called the Dacia in the international car markets. Rumors are rife that Renault is bringing the 4×4 Duster to India in September this year in order to boost its sales. It is said that Renault is going to launch the diesel version of the all 4 wheel drive variant first in India, followed by the petrol model at a later stage.
Considering the high competition in the very popular compact SUV segment in India, it would be good call from Renault if it really brings the tougher 4×4 Duster here. The Renault Duster 4X4 variant is expected to be priced around Rs. 1 Lakh dearer than the 2 wheel drive current model, and it would be placed above the current top of the range model trim.
The current Renault Duster compact SUV range is offered at a base price of around Rs. 7.78 Lakhs (Ex-showroom, Delhi). The vehicle is powered by 1.6 liter Petrol motor and a1.5 liter Diesel mill in two states of tune. One of the diesel motor version is powered by 1461 cc unite that is capable of generating a max power output of 85 PS at 3750 rpm and a peak torque of 200 Nm at 1900 rpm. The other diesel engine version of the Duster is also powered by the 1461 cc motor, but it is made to be capable enough to generate a bit extra power output of 110 PS at 3900 rpm and a peak torque of 248 Nm at 2250 rpm. On the other hand, the petrol engine of the Duster petrol variants is good to deliver a max power output of 104 Hp at 5,850 rpm and produces a peak torque of 145 Nm at 3,750 rpm. The powerful diesel engine version is mated to a 6 speed manual transmission gearbox, while the other two motors are mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox.
If Renault really launches the Duster 4×4 variant, it would be festive season treat for the off-road adventurers in India.