Renault Duster Turbo launched: All you need to know

Renault Duster Turbo with a 1.3-litre petrol engine has been launched in India at a starting price of Rs 10.49 lakh. The newly introduced 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine is available in three manual trims – RXE, RXS and RXZ, while the CVT option is available in two trim – RXS and RXZ. The Duster turbo petrol is available in seven colour options, such as – caspian blue, mahogany brown, cayenne orange, moonlight silver, slate grey, outback bronze and pearl white. 

Mechanically, the Renault Duster Turbo is powered by a 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine that generates 152bhp at 5,500rpm and 254Nm of torque at 1,600rpm. The engine can be had with either a six-speed manual transmission or CVT with manual mode option. The manual transmission claims to return a fuel efficiency figure of 16.5kmpl, while the CVT version returns 16.42kmpl. The new Duster now comes with a remote pre-cooling function which allows the customers to switch on the engine and start the air conditioning even before entering the car with the key fob. Additionally, the SUV has Smart Start/Stop function which automatically switches off the engine when the car is stopped and re-starts on driver demand detection. 

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The Renault Duster turbo petrol features crimson red accents on the chrome grille, tailgate, roof rails and fog lamp cover. The bold look is further accentuated with the dual tone body colour front bumper which features muscular skid plates and signature projector headlamps with LED DRLs that complement the broad hood.  The SUV rides on 17-inch Forza diamond-cut alloy wheels. The kayak roof rails, body-coloured ORVMs, matt­e black tailgate embellisher, and waterfall LED tail lamps further accentuate its dynamic stance. The SUV offers a higher ground clearance of 205mm, which is better suited for Indian road conditions. In terms of dimensions, the Renault Duster has a length of 4,360mm, width of 1,822mm, height of 1,695mm and wheelbase of 2,673mm. The SUV has a boot space of 475-litres.

As for the interior, the Renault Duster turbo petrol gets dual-tone centre fascia with soft-touch dashboard and door trims. Additionally, the SUV gets an ice blue graphic instrument cluster with multi-information display and a seven-inch MediaNAV Evolution touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, voice recognition and EcoGuide. The midnight black interior with premium blue glazed seats looks fresh and new. The SUV gets the familiar Renault steering wheel with soft touch buttons along with comfort features like Cruise Control with speed limiter. The Duster offers Arkamys tuned audio experience with four speakers and two front tweeters for enhanced sound output. The Renault Duster turbo is equipped with a fully automatic climate control which adjusts the air flow inside the cabin.

The ex-showroom prices for the newly launched Renault Duster Turbo are as follows –

Manual transmission 

RXE – Rs 10.49 lakh

RXS – Rs 11.39 lakh 

RXZ – Rs 11.99 lakh 

CVT

RXS – Rs 12.99 lakh

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Renault Duster Turbo: Pros and Cons

September 28, 2020, 09:00 AM IST27,379 Views

Introduction

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The Renault Duster Turbo is the latest iteration of the SUV that comes with BS6 updates. However, the most interesting change is that it’s powered by a 154bhp 1.3-litre turbocharged engine, making it the most powerful Duster yet! We take a look at the five good things about it, while telling you a couple of its drawbacks as well.

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Positives

1. Powerful and silent engine

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The biggest and newest change to the SUV comes in the form of a BS6-compliant 1.3-litre direct-injection petrol engine. As opposed to the standard Duster’s 105bhp 1.5-litre mill, this turbo petrol pumps out 154bhp of power and 250Nm of peak torque. Crank up the engine and it settles into a quiet note at idle. Even out on the run, it will give occupants a peace of mind as it’s a fairly silent mill.

2. Great drivability

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It’s good for city run-abouts or even the highway jaunts, and its good drivability is evident from the word go. There’s a minimal turbo-lag with the power delivery being quite linear. This has resulted in far lesser gear shifts around town. The punchy motor is quite city-friendly with adequate torque delivery even before the turbo spools up. Thanks to this, the motor certainly doesn’t feel dead lower down the range at 1,300-1,500rpm and makes the Duster a breeze to drive in traffic conditions.

3. Big yet fast

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Another interesting aspect that will interest enthusiasts more is the sub-10second 0-100kmph sprint time. In our V-Box tests, it sprinted to 100kmph from standstill in just 9.71 seconds. Then, the in-gear acceleration results are impressive as well with the 20-80kmph run in third-gear completed in 9.28 seconds and the 40-100kmph run achieved in 11.52 seconds. All in all, you can easily pick speed, keep ambling around in a lower gear and won’t face any difficulty even while overtaking a long vehicle.

4. Excellent ride quality

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The Duster still remains to be the benchmark when it comes to ride quality. It keeps the passengers very comfortable by absorbing all the shocks and undulations that the Indian roads might throw at it. Then, a 205mm of ground clearance further helps its case. Be it any terrain, any kind of road, the Duster stays unfazed and remains to be very stable and sure-footed.

5. Great pricing

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Also, when it comes to pricing, Renault has managed to offer a 150bhp petrol manual SUV for under Rs 15 lakh on-road, that too in its top-spec trim! This 1.3 litre turbo version comes in three manual trims. The RXE variant is priced at Rs 10.49 lakh, the RXS at Rs 11.39 lakh, and this top-spec RXZ at Rs 11.99 lakh, all ex-showroom. On the other hand, buyers can also go for the CVT (automatic) variants. The RXS CVT costs Rs 12.99 lakh and the top-of-the-line RXZ – Rs 13.59 lakh. Quite a competitive pricing given the other SUVs in this segment.

Negatives

1. Feels dated

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The Duster might look brute yet handsome, and the latest tweaks like DRLs, projector lamps, et all make it look modern. Yet, it has started to feel long in the tooth and reasonably so, as this facelift is in essence the updated version of the first-generation Duster. We will not get the second-gen version anytime soon and the third-gen launch seems a far-distant possibility.

2. Lacks new-age equipment

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Even in terms of features, it’s adequately specced with basic features. Yet, if you look at the competition and for that matter, even SUVs below this segment, they get quite a lot of new tech and wizardry. Meanwhile, this version of the Duster doesn’t even get wireless-charging, air-purifier, sun-roof, key-less entry, engine push-start button and all, which is currently the norm in new cars.

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Conclusion

Despite the few drawbacks, the Renault Duster remains to be one of the modern cars that still gives that good old mechanical and raw feel while driving. And enthusiasts will appreciate this engaging experience and the vigour and energy this new engine pumps in. And for a price of a compact SUV, you get a bigger, more badass SUV. Also, if you are the adventure-seeker who prefers to spend more time amidst nature, you know the Duster is just about the right vehicle for you to take you to new places without second thoughts.

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Discounts up to Rs 3.05 lakh on SUV cars in September 2020

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September 14, 2020, 03:45 PM IST64,072 Views

Discounts up to Rs 3.05 lakh on SUV cars in September 2020

Select car dealerships are offering huge discounts on various SUV cars this month. Customers can avail these offers in the form of cash discounts, exchange bonus, corporate discounts, and complimentary accessories.

The Mahindra Alturas G4 is available with a cash discount of Rs 2.40 lakh, an exchange bonus of Rs 50,000, and a corporate discount of Rs 15,000. The Longitude trim of the Compass is offered with benefits up to Rs 1.80 lakh. All trims of the Tata Harrier, excluding the Dark edition models, can be availed with a cash discount of Rs 25,000, an exchange bonus of Rs 40,000, and a corporate discount of Rs 15,000.

Discounts on the RXS trim of the Renault Duster includes a cash discount an exchange bonus worth Rs 25,000 each, as well as a corporate discount of Rs 20,000. The XUV500 can be availed with a cash discount of Rs 12,760, an exchange bonus of Rs 30,000, a corporate discount of Rs 9,000, and accessories worth Rs 5,000. The Bolero is offered only with an exchange bonus of Rs 10,000.

The Mahindra XUV300 is available with an exchange bonus of Rs 25,000 and a corporate discount of Rs 4,500. All trims of the Mahindra Scorpio are offered with an exchange bonus of Rs 25,000 and a corporate discount of Rs 5,000 each. The S5 trim of the SUV receives additional benefits that include a cash discount of Rs 20,000 and accessories worth Rs 10,000.Mahindra ScorpioN/A

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Renault Duster RXZ 1.3 Turbo Petrol MT First Drive Review

September 14, 2020, 10:00 AM IST50,706 Views

What is it?

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Why I would buy it?

Peppy turbo petrol engine, Rides like a charm

Why I would avoid it?

Dated interiors and feature list

The Renault Duster has been a familiar face in the Indian SUV market for nearly a decade now. In that time, there’s been a facelift, an AWD version and for some time even a diesel AMT. But now the Duster has got its most significant mechanical upgrade in the form of a turbo-petrol engine. It was showcased at the 2020 Indian Auto Expo and comes at a crucial time for the Duster in terms of maintaining its identity in the D-segment compact SUV group.

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As it did nearly a decade ago, the Duster stands out for its exterior design. The silhouette of the Duster is still contemporary and is unmistakeable anyway you see it thanks to its heavily flared wheel arches, large chrome grille and funky headlamps. There are some nice looking silver faux bash plate elements in the front and rear while the vertically stacked tail lamps are beautifully split thanks to the design of the indicator lamps.

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Because this is the turbo petrol model, the diamond cut wheels get a unique red Renault logo, there are red inserts in the grille and fog lamp housing. Lastly, to let everyone knows your choice of motivation, there’s a turbo logo on the rear hatch door.

How is it on the inside?

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The car that we have driven is a top-of-the-line RXZ variant. It gets climate control, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatible infotainment system with a 6.9-inch display, reverse camera, height adjustment for the driver’s seat, start-stop technology, cruise control, audio switches on the steering column and two 12V sockets at both ends of the cabin. Now on paper, this is the minimum standard expected from a car in this part of the market, which the Duster meets….somewhat.

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Where the Duster’s exterior design has stood the test of time and looks good even today, the same cannot be said for the cabin. The feature list, as we said earlier, is minimum standard but how it has been packaged shows the age of the car. The quality of plastics used all around is tough and hard-wearing and feels well behind in terms of what the competition offers.

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Equally a notch down is the touchscreen system which is the same one used on the Kwid and Triber. This is fine in their segments but here with the competition offering connected car technology and more connectivity options, it is in desperate need of an upgrade. The ergonomics and practicality too are dated with odd things like only a single step for the driver’s seat height adjustment, driver armrest blocking access when lowered, no pockets on the rear doors and an odd placement for both front occupant window controls.

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The Duster claws back an advantage in terms of a large glass area, wide second-row seats as well as ample headroom all around. The front seats are equally impressive with good side bolstering and under-thigh support. The 475-litre boot is easy to access and can be expanded significantly with the rear seats folded down.

How does it drive?

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Putting the punch in the Renault Duster RXZ 1.3 turbo petrol is a new four-cylinder engine (turbocharged) producing 154bhp/254Nm and can be had with either a six-speed manual or a CVT which in the case of our car is the former. It’s an engine developed among the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance in partnership with Daimler and also does duty in few of the entry-level Mercedes-Benz models. Unveiled in 2018, the engine also does duty in the Nissan Kicks and for both Renault and Nissan replaces the diesel-powered models in the line-up.

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Climb in, twist the key and the engine comes to life with a mild but throaty sound. Slip the gearbox into first, get off the clutch and onto the throttle. The car starts to roll forward and just as you go past the 1500rpm mark, you are greeted by a surprising surge of torque as the turbo spools and thrusts you forward. It’s a linear-pull to the 5500rpm redline. You can get to three digits speeds quick and be doing 100kmph in the sixth gear just under the 2000rpm mark. This engine also makes city driving a breeze with quick overtakes completed effortlessly courtesy of some right foot flexing on the throttle. The six-speed gearbox, while notchy in its throws, does complement the engine quite well thanks to the short ratios which make optimum use of the 254Nm of torque and allow you to shift into high gear quickly.

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Another place where the Duster has built its reputation is ride quality. Every version of the Duster that we have driven rides flat and this one is no different. The suspension absorbs everything in its path with aplomb sending very little back into the cabin. You would have to go through a really big pothole at a considerable speed to unsettle the occupants in the cabin. That said there is an underlying stiffness to the ride quality which is noticeable due to the vibrations from the steering wheel when you go over a bump.

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The power steering is hydraulic assisted which is an experience in its own in this day and age of electric power steering becoming the norm. You can feel a considerable heft as you operate the wheel and it weighs up well when you go fast. However, two things that have not changed is that you still get hard a kickback if you hit a bump mid-corner and you still need to perform 3 and ¾ turns to go from lock to lock, something that becomes evident if you have to make a U-turn in a tight space.

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You do get body roll due to the high centre of gravity but as such the Duster is confidence-inspiring enough to keep the driving enthusiast in you alive, more so now thanks to the potent 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine.

Should I buy one?

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The new engine has injected life into the Duster and perhaps at a crucial time in the life of India’s first compact SUV. Sure the interiors, ergonomics and refinement feel dated but it looks great, rides really well and more importantly will appeal to the driving enthusiast in you if you want an SUV but also want something fun behind the wheel. What’s more it is priced significantly lower than other equally sized compact SUVs in the D-segment.

Where does it fit in?

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The Renault Duster turbo petrol range is priced between Rs 12.27 lakh to Rs 15.82 lakh (on-road Delhi) and is available in five variants. It takes on the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Nissan Kicks, Maruti Suzuki S-Cross and the Kia Seltos.