French car maker Renault has been flourishing in the Indian market. The company was in talks for a long time post launch of its compact car Kwid. And now, the carmaker has created a huge chaos in the Indian market after announcing its all new mechanically reworked duster petrol with CVT gearbox.
The previous 1.6-liter engine, which was mated with manual transmission, is discontinued. The new duster will feature 1.5-liter petrol engine with CVT gearbox. The automatic transmission is only available in the RxS variant, which is priced at Rs 10.32 Lakh (ex-showroom). The company, along with the upgrades in the features, has also altered the rate of the petrol version of the Duster that cost Rs 8.49 Lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi). In addition, Renault also launched an upgraded version of SUV that will be petrol-powered along with 6-speed manual transmission that ranges between Rs 8.49 and Rs 9.3 Lakh and will be only available for RXL and RXE trims.
The automatic model is integrated with 6-speed X-Tronic CVT gearbox. Sumit Sawhney—CEO and MD, Renault India Operations said that Duster is one of the crucial product in our portfolio and after the launch of the new CVT transmission petrol model, the company now has the broadest offering in the SUV segment. This launch will probably enable us to cater the customers based on their needs.
He also said, “We are aiming to expand the Renault brand in India owing to which we are tactically strengthening its product range. We are positive about the new Renault Duster with CVT, and it will resonate well with the knowledgeable customers in the rapidly growing vehicle segment in India.”
The model with a 1.5-liter power plant is integrated with loads of other extra features such as gear shift indicator, steering mounted audio and phone controls, and reading lamps.
Renault Duster so far has performed well in the Indian market. The company also has a wide range of diesel variants in its portfolio respective to Duster. Post launch the company has sold over 1.6 Lakh units in India. The vehicle is manufactured in five nations and marketed in 100 countries.