Renault launches new Duster priced at Rs7.99 lakh for base variant

French auto major Renault today launched a facelift version of its popular brand Duster with, what the company claims, 25 brand new features and technology enhancements.

The new Renault Duster is priced in a range of Rs7,99 lakh (ex-showroom), petrol CVT at Rs9.99 lakh and Diesel AWD at Rs12.49 lakh.
The new Renault Duster boasts of dCi 1.5 litre diesel engine and offers a choice of two power outputs: 110 PS and 85 PS with a torque of 245 Nm and 200 Nm respectively. The 110 PS variant has a 6-speed manual transmission with gear ratios perfectly matched to the engine’s output. The 85 PS version features a 5-speed manual transmission.
The new Renault Duster comes with tri-winged full chrome grille, new dual tone body colour front bumper, new signature projector headlamps with LED DRLs, R16 Everest Diamond Cut alloy wheels.
The SUV comes in three trim levels (RxE, RxS and RxZ) and nine variants altogether. Here's how they are priced:
  • RxE petrol MT: Rs7.99 lakh
  • RxS petrol MT: Rs9.20 lakh
  • RxS (O) petrol CVT: Rs9.99 lakh
  • RxE 85PS diesel: Rs9.30 lakh
  • RxS 85PS diesel: Rs9.99 lakh
  • RxS 110PS diesel: Rs11.20 lakh
  • RxZ 110PS diesel: Rs12.10 lakh
  • RxZ 110PS diesel AMT: Rs12.50 lakh
  • RxS 110PS diesel AWD: Rs12.50 lakh
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 from the previous-generation Duster.
The new Renault Duster comes with tri-winged full chrome grille, new dual tone body colour front bumper, new signature projector headlamps with LED DRLs and R16 Everest Diamond Cut alloy wheels.
The new Duster offers a ground clearance of 205 mm while the AWD version offers a ground clearance of 210 mm. It features Kayak roof rails, body coloured ORVM, matte black tailgate embellisher and Waterfall LED tail lamps.
The new edition also offers two new exterior body colour options for customers to choose from -‘Caspian Blue’ and ‘Mahogany Brown’.
The new Duster comes with midnight black interiors, premium blue glazed seats, new style steering wheel. It also features comforts like cruise control with speed limiter, dual tone centre fascia with soft touch dashboard, fully automatic climate control, spacious illuminated and cooled glovebox.
The SUV has a fully integrated 17.64 cm touchscreen MediaNAV Evolution that comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, voice recognition and Eco Guide. It offers ARKAMYS with 4 speakers and new 2 front tweeters.
It is equipped with a host of safety features like Antilock-Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), driver and passenger airbags, rear parking sensors, seat belt reminder and speed alert.
Renault Duster was a 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 in India, including two all-new ones, over the next 15-18 months to revive sagging sales.
In FY19, its sales plunged 22 per cent to just about 82,000 units even as the passenger vehicle industry managed to grow by nearly 3 per cent, 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 Rs5 lakh to Rs7 lakh.