IAB Report – Renault Duster 4×4 to be called ‘Duster AWD’; Preview this week

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Flagship variant of the Duster to increase functionality and appeal.

Renault India is gearing up to launch the 4×4 variant on the Duster this festive season. Indian Autos Blog learns that the Duster 4×4 will be called the ‘Duster AWD’ in India, and that a launch would take place in September.

In a buildup to the launch, the company will be showcasing the Duster AWD to Duster owners part of the ‘Gang of Dusters’ club. The preview is slated to happen this week.

Renault Duster
The Duster AWD will get the 110 PS 1.5-liter diesel engine.

The Duster AWD will be the flagship variant of the crossover, and is expected to command a premium of INR 1 lakh over the existing top-end variant. It will get power from the 1.5-liter four-cylinder K9K diesel engine which puts out 110 PS (108.45 bhp) and 248 Nm of torque, matched to a 6-speed manual transmission.

Apart from the 4WD system itself, the Duster AWD will have other features such as ABS, EBD, dual airbags, integrated music system, alloy wheels, electrically adjustable wing mirrors and a rear wiper with washer.

Indirect competition for the Duster AWD will come from the Scorpio 4×4 and Safari Storme 4×4.

Competitors: Mahindra Scorpio 4×4, Tata Safari Storme 4×4

Expected Price: INR 12.9 lakhs, ex-Showroom, New Delhi

Launch Date: September 2014

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