During the Auto Expo 2020, Renault India showcased their upcoming products and one of them was Duster Turbo, i.e. Duster 2020 or the BS6 update of Duster.
Little about Renault India
Renault India Pvt. Ltd. is a fully owned subsidiary of Renault S.A.S. France. Renault India cars are manufactured in the manufacturing facility located in Oragadam, Chennai, with a capacity of 480,000 units per annum.
Renault India also has a widespread presence of more than 390 sales and 470+ service touchpoints, which include 200+ Workshop on Wheels locations across the country, with benchmark sales and service quality.
With this, DUSTER becomes the most powerful SUV in its segment in India.
What’s new and exciting in the Duster Turbo?
The all-new DUSTER with the 1.3L Turbo Petrol engine will be available in three variants with a 6-speed manual option at a starting price of INR 10.49 lakhs, while the X-Tronic CVT will be available in two variants with a starting price of INR 12.99 lakhs.
Renault will also offer the option of the existing 1.5L Petrol engine and the Renault DUSTER range starts at INR 8.59 lakhs.
A switch to BS6 earlier this year saw Renault pull the plug on Duster’s iconic 1.5-liter K9K diesel engine.
The upgrade to the petrol-only powertrain also saw the SUV’s versatile all-wheel drive (AWD) variant removed from the line-up. We know its sad but its the fact…
Specification at glance:
The 1.3L Turbo Petrol engine is an advanced, high-power, turbocharged, BSVI compliant engine that offers best-in-class power and torque of 156PS @ 5500 rpm and 254 Nm @1600 rpm respectively.
The modern engine comes with advanced technologies like Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) which provides high performance and efficiency, Dual Variable Valve Timing (VVT) for higher torque at lower rpm, and reduced emissions.
Together with enabling maximum power in the segment, DUSTER offers superior fuel efficiency of 16.5 kmpl in manual transmission and 16.42 kmpl in the CVT version.
Variant-wise Ex-Showroom pricing of Duster Turbo:
How it shifts?
The Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) is an automatic transmission that offers a real-time, accurate, and continuous control of gear ratio in acceleration and deceleration.
It aids pick up, smoothens change in gear ratio, and helps in ensuring low cabin noise while cruising.
Apart from the CVT option, customers can also select the 6- Speed Manual Transmission, which will appeal particularly to drive enthusiasts who prefer to enjoy a more immersive driving experience.
The 6-Speed manual gearbox comes with a high level of shift quality and a good level of efficiency.
Conclusion on the new Duster Turbo:
The new powertrains are not only suited for city drive but capable of safe and confident drives on highways and hilly roads with the help of the Electronic Stability Program and Hill-start Assist features.
Here is our video that we made on Duster Face-lift before it got this turbocharged mill.
At Rs 15.54 lakh, the Kia Seltos 1.4-litre turbo-GDI, on the other hand, starts almost Rs 5 lakh higher than the Duster turbo-petrol, while the Hyundai Creta turbo is priced further upwards at Rs 16.16 lakh, as it is allied solely to the DCT automatic transmission.
The Korean twins, however, are packing a lot more bells and whistles than their European rivals.
What are your thoughts on the Duster Turbo? Can it compete with the likes of Creta, Kicks, S-Cross, and others? Share in the comments