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Renault India will use the 1.5-liter (HR15DE) petrol engine on the Duster SUV. The move is may have been prompted as this engine is manufactured at the Oragadam plant for the Sunny sedan and is more fuel economical (a must for India) than the 1.6-liter used overseas. Renault will use the same 1.5 DCI driving the Micra, Sunny and Fluence on the Duster.
The urban SUV that competes with the mini Xylo and Ford EcoSport will be available in 2WD and 4WD forms, and by mid-2012, enter the market.
The changes on the interior of the Hyundai i20 facelift have been revealed through an IAB reader's spyshot taken near the plant. "Action Kumar" snagged the test mule's interiors revealing the changes on the AC vents and revisions to the central console. Hyundai may reveal the Fluidic i20 at the Geneva Motor Show next month and furnish showroom floors by the end of April.
Ford India is likely to lengthen the B-Max to accommodate a third row of seats and pitch it as a rival to the Maruti Ertiga and Mahindra Xylo in the next two years. Ford's rumored to have assessed the Indian market for the launch of the five-seat B-Max and concluded that is too small for us.
The same 1-liter EcoBoost petrol engine and 1.5L Duratorq diesel engine from the Fiesta are expected to feature on the three-row B-Max with changed calibration.