Renault launches new Duster at Rs 8.46 lakh, offers automatic version

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 02, 2016 21:34 IST
CEO and MD of Renault India, Sumit Sawhney launching the new Duster at Delhi Auto Expo 2016 in Greater Noida on Feb 3, 2016. (PTI)

Renault launched the facelift of its popular compact sports utility vehicle Duster in India, starting Rs 8.46 lakh which will go up to Rs 13.56 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

The French car maker also launched a six-speed Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) variant of the vehicle with a diesel powertrain at an introductory price of Rs 11.66 lakh.

“We are confident that the new Duster will lead our expansion plans in India and strengthen our position in the compact SUV segment,” Renault India operations country CEO and managing director Sumit Sawhney said in a statement.

Bookings for the vehicle is opening on Thursday across all dealerships in the country, it added.

The petrol variants of the SUV are priced at Rs 8.46 lakh and Rs 9.26 lakh respectively while the diesel variants are priced between Rs 9.26 lakh and Rs 13.56 lakh (all prices ex-showroom Delhi).

The updated Duster comes with various features including a new rear view camera, automatic air conditioning, and media navigation unit. In terms of safety, the vehicle comes with a host of features including ABS, EBD with brake assist, dual airbags, and hill start assist.

Renault has sold over 1.4 lakh units of Duster in India since its launch in July 2012. The SUV is sold in over 100 countries and manufactured in five countries. In India, the car is facing a tough competition from Hyundai Creta launched in July last year and the Ford Ecosport which was recently facelifted. The competition in the compact SUV will get tougher as Maruti Suzuki launches the Vitara Brezza this month.

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