Renault to launch Duster 4x4

The upcoming festive season will see Renault launch a range-topping four-wheel-drive version of the Duster SUV in India. The model is already available in international markets badged as a Dacia.

The new Duster 4×4 model will be powered by the familiar 108.5bhp, 1.5-litre K9K diesel engine while transmission duties will be handled by a six-speed manual gearbox which will power all four wheels. Three different modes – a two-wheel drive high, four-wheel drive low and four-wheel drive high – will be on offer. The export 4×4 model is available in both petrol and diesel guise, but the carmaker is expected to launch only the diesel variant in the Indian market.

In terms of equipment, the new 4×4 model will get similar fare as on the top RXZ diesel variants with a touchscreen infotainment system, steering-mounted controls, 2-DIN stereo system, rear air-con vents, keyless entry, rear parking sensors, ABS with EBD, emergency brake assist and dual SRS front airbags.

When launched around September, the Renault Duster 4×4 will be the most expensive model in the line-up. Expect it to be priced at a premium of around Rs 80,000 over the current top-end variant. The 4×4 version will take on the likes of the Mahindra Scorpio 4×4 and the Tata Safari Storme 4×4.