The model is available in two engine options of 1.5-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel. While the petrol version has an option for CVT automatic transmission, the diesel also has an automated manual transmission option. Both engines are carried forward from the previous-gen Duster.
The four cylinder 1.5-litre motor generates 106HP of power and 142Nm of torque. The 1.5-litre diesel engine comes in two tunings —one generates 85HP power and 200Nm torque while the other makes 110HP and 245Nm torque. The petrol powerhouse is mated with a 5-speed manual or a 6-step CVT gearbox. The lower-spec diesel variant comes only with the 5-speed manual transmission. The 110HP diesel motor is coupled with either a 6-speed manual or AMT gearbox.
The new Duster is equipped with 25 brand new features and technology enhancements, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto infotainment with voice recognition and EcoGuide along with safety features such as Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and Hill-Start Assist, Renaut India said in a statement.
Commenting on the launch, Renault India Operations Country CEO & Managing Director Venkatram Mamillapalle said, "Duster plays a pivotal role in our product portfolio and has the widest offering in the segment, enabling us to cater to evolving customer needs. We are confident that the new Duster will resonate well with discerning Indian customers".
The facelifted Duster sports a new front grille with projector headlamps, LED DRLs, a more aggressive bonnet, redesigned front bumper, front and rear skid plates, roof rails, alloys, chrome garnish and plastic cladding on the tailgate. The new Duster also has a higher bonnet line that is raised to meet pedestrian-protection norms.
He further said the company has a clear goal of growing the Renault brand in India.
"Towards this, we are strategically strengthening our product range, expanding our network reach and initiating pioneering measures to ensure customer delight," Mamillapalle added.
Duster was Renault's runaway success when it was launched in 2012, but the SUV is now seeing a steady decline in sales. Renault in April announced it will roll out four models, including two all-new ones, over the next 15-18 months to revive its sagging fortunes here.
In FY19, its sales plunged 22% to just about 82,000 units even as the passenger vehicle industry managed to grow by nearly 3%, as per the Siam data.
The company globally revealed the Triber compact 7-seater MPV last month. It hasn't been launched in India yet, but is expected to be priced between ₹5 to 7-lakh.
With inputs from PTI.
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