Renault with its good sale figures of the Duster 4WD in the UK market and an increasing demand for the 4×4 variant in India, Renault is finally gearing up to launch the much awaited Renault Duster AWD or 4×4 in India before this festive season.
Since its induction in the compact SUV segment, Renault has not made many changes to the Duster, except for launching newer variants at regular intervals. With increasing competition from its competitors Ford EcoSport and Nissan Terrano in the compact SUV segment, the French manufacturer is stepping it up, by bringing the Duster AWD to Indian shores.
The new Duster AWD will host the same 1.5 liter, dCi diesel engine, which produces 110 PS of power and 248 Nm of torque, matched to a 6-speed Manual transmission, as seen in the Duster RxZ model. But there is one major aspect that sets the Duster AWD apart from its siblings and that is the “intelligent 3-mode all-wheel drive system”. This drive system will allow the Duster AWD to function in 3 different drive modes, just by turning a rotary dial, which are:
2WD mode- this will power only the front wheels.
Auto mode- this mode will help supply necessary torque to the wheels, for additional grip at high speeds.
4WD lock mode- which will supply an equal amount of torque to all the wheels-helpful in slushy and rocky terrains.
Apart from the 3- mode driving system the Duster may also get an all-wheel independent multi-link suspension, which will help the Duster AWD to tackle on-road and off-road trails with ease.
The Duster AWD may also feature some aesthetic upgrades in terms of a newly designed headlamps, ABS, EBD, dual front air bags, a new instrument console with multi-information touch screen display, a new 4WD badging, new burnt-red fabric upholstery, hill-start assist feature and a new eco mode- which according to Renault, will help reduce fuel consumption by 10%.
Priced approximately between 12- 15 lakhs(ex showroom), the Duster AWD will have no direct competitors from the compact SUV segment , but will surely face competition from the Safari Storme 4×4, Scorpio 4×4 and XUV500. We hope that the rugged Duster AWD muscles itself into the Indian market.