Chennai: French carmaker Renault SA would launch a new variant of its sports utility vehicle Renault Duster over the next few months, a top company official said in Chennai on Wednesday.

The new Renault Duster would hit the road “before the forthcoming festive season", Renault India CEO Sumit Sawhney said. “We are very much committed to India. Our immediate short-term action was the Kwid 02 (Anniversary edition) launch. We are about to launch Duster Sandstorm before the festival season," he told reporters.

The company currently retails the small car Renault Kwid, Renault Duster and multi-purpose vehicle Renault Lodgy in India. The Kwid and Duster have been the volume drivers for Renault in the Indian market.

Sawhney, who was Chennai on Wednesday to launch a new outlet, revealed that the company would introduce its global SUV Captur later this year.

“The Captur will be unique. Already it has been successful in Russia, Brazil. It is a SUV with crossover DNA. You will have very good visibility all around with good ground clearance," said Sawhney. “We will be ready for launch in the fourth quarter", he said, declining to reveal the price of the vehicle. The Renault Captur will be manufactured at the company’s Oragadam facility near Chennai, he said.

The Renault Captur has been sold in more than 75 countries and already crossed over one million units globally, Sawhney said. It would be positioned above the Renault Duster.

Talking about the Lodgy, Sawhney said Renault India would introduce the MPV with speed governors installed. “The maximum speed it can go is up to 180 kmph," he said.

On the expansion of the dealer network, Sawhney said Renault India has crossed 300 outlets. To a query on exports, he said the company would begin exports to Bhutan and Bangladesh this year, as part of expanding its overseas presence. “We have been exporting to Sri Lanka, Nepal, Mauritius, Maldives. South Africa. We will also launch in Bhutan, Bangladesh", he said. The company has been shipping the Kwid and the Duster to overseas markets.

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