Renault India launches the Dacia Duster SUV badged as the Renault Duster for India, in the second half of 2012, as a low cost SUV to be priced under 10 Lakh Rupees. Renault India though will hope that the Duster SUV doesn’t meet the same fate as the Logan.
India is a country whose road infrastructure is rapidly developing. But, at the same time, there are plenty of bad roads or even no roads in a large part of the country where a Sedan’s suspension and under body face a lot of trouble negotiating. It is precisely in such conditions where the low cost SUV which can seat 5 adults comfortably and costs slightly lesser than the C+ segment sedan will make a bunch of sense.
Also, over rougher roads, an SUV can maintain a higher speed comfortably. While vehicles like the Mahindra Bolero and the Maruti Gypsy do exist, the former is too utilitarian and the latter having a bone jarring ride that would leave most of your family fuming at you every time you drive across the slightest of road imperfections. So, a comfortable and rugged SUV under 10 Lakh Rupees is just what the Indian market is looking for and the Renault Duster could very well fill that void.
The Duster is available in both petrol and common rail diesel engine options with both 4X2 and 4X4 drive modes. This coupled to a 1.2 Tonne kerb weight makes it a light SUV that will be quick too with the 100 plus Bhp output of both the petrol and diesel engines.