Renault India's managing director, Mr. Sumit Sawhney, confirmed that the company will launch the Duster 4x4 by the end of this year. A tweet from Rohin Nagrani, Senior Editor of Motoring World, says that the launch is most likely to happen in September.
The Duster 4x4 will be the most expensive variant of the crossover in India. Renault will mostly offer the 4x4 system only with the top-end Duster 110 PS diesel variant, which costs INR 11.9 lakhs, ex-Showroom, New Delhi. The 4WD system is likely to add a further INR 1 lakh to the price of the car.
The Duster 4x4 will be powered by the 1.5-liter dCi diesel engine making 110 PS (108.45 bhp) and 248 Nm of torque, and will come paired to a 6-speed manual transmission. Being the top-end variant, the Duster 4x4 will come with ABS, EBD and dual front airbags.
The Duster 4x4 won't have direct competitors (same body size) as such since the Ford EcoSport is offered only with 2WD. However, price wise, the Duster 4x4 will compete with the Mahindra Scorpio 4x4 and the Tata Safari Storme 4x4.
Competitors: Mahindra Scorpio 4x4, Tata Safari Storme 4x4
Expected Price: INR 12.9 lakhs, ex-Showroom, New Delhi
[Source - Rohin Nagrani]