the upcoming variant will be based on the 'RXS' trim and will be priced at Rs 10.3 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
Renault will soon add a 1.5-litre petrol engine powered Duster with a CVT transmission to its Indian lineup. Sources close to the company have informed us that the upcoming variant will be based on the 'RXS' trim and will be priced at Rs 10.3 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Currently, the Duster comes with a 1.6-litre petrol unit with a 5-speed manual transmission.
The 1.5-litre petrol engine seems to be borrowed from the Scala/Sunny sedan, and produces max power of 106PS at 5600rpm and max torque of 142Nm at 4000rpm. The CVT transmission mated to this engine has a six-step manual mode and returns a mileage of 14.99kmpl. In the Sunny though, the engine has a lower state of tune and makes only 101PS/134Nm with the CVT.
In terms of features, the RXS variant will sit between the RXL and the RXZ and feature 16-inch gunmetal alloy wheels, 7-inch touchscreen without navigation, black front grille, dual airbags, red contrast interiors and an Eco mode. Also, the petrol CVT will come in a new Fiery Red colour.
The current petrol engine in the Duster is a 1.6-litre mill which produces 104PS/148Nm and comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission in a 2WD configuration. The diesel engine is a 1.5-litre unit and is available with either 85PS/200Nm or 110PS/245Nm on tap. The latter can also be had with a 6-speed AMT or with all-wheel drive.
The CVT will be officially launched in a couple of weeks.