The Duster sits in the compact SUV segment and competes with the likes of the Tata Nexon and the Ford Ecosport. The car will get a big upgrade in its petrol engine while the diesel will be discontinued with the onset of the BS6 engines and will be called the Duster Turbo in its new form. The Duster Turbo will also get some new features with the addition of the engine. Find out more about the changes to the car.
Duster Turbo overview
The Duster has been fairly successful for Renault in the Indian market. It has an SUV like stance and does not look like a crossover or a raised sedan. The Duster also undercuts other cars like the Kia Seltos and the Hyundai Creta in terms of pricing. But with the updated Nexon being launched, Renault plans to freshen things up by adding features as well as an engine upgrade.
Duster engine and transmission
The Duster was previously offered with two engine options that were a petrol and a diesel. The diesel will be discontinued on the Duster after March, and replacing it by the end of this year will be a new petrol engine from Renault. It will get the 1.3litre HR13 petrol that does duty on many cars globally, the most popular being the Mercedes A-class and GLA. The engine is available in different tunes but in India, it gets a rather impressive 156 hp and 250nm of torque. This will be available with the currently offered 1.5 litre engine that produces 105hp and 142 nm of torque. The 1.3 turbo petrol will be coupled with a CVT as well as a manual while the 1.5 petrol will only be available in the manual.
Features and safety
Apart from the engine changes, the Duster turbo gets a lot of additions in its top of the line variant which includes 17-inch alloy wheels, engine start-stop, cabin pre-cooling function via remote, along with automatic climate control. It also gets cruise control, dual front airbags with ABS, hill-start assist, and an 8-inch infotainment screen amongst other things.
Duster Turbo launch
The engine will be introduced later this year. The addition of this engine will make the Duster turbo the most powerful car in its segment. This engine is also been introduced in order to attract customers who are used to the low-end torque of diesel cars.
With the introduction of the BS6 engines and some features, the prices are expected to get slightly higher up for the Duster, while the Duster turbo will be considerably more expensive. Check out our review on the Duster: