Nissan and Renault are working together in an active & aggressive manner to establish its presence in our Indian Market. Their first evidence was the Re-badged Micra, which is going to be released soon, though pre-booking of the vehicle has been started. The second major step aimed towards dominating the market was the launch of sunny and fluence.
Now its turning towards the growing SUV market in India. Renault is soon going to launch its much awaited low cost Duster in India as per the latest Industry buzz, while Nissan is also looking forward at coming up with a 5 seater SUV based on Duster’s platform.
The Renault Duster belongs to the Romanian concern Dacia, which was later taken over by Renault. Renault duster which is made at Chennai oragadam’s plant are being exported to Europe, now gets a factory fitted LPG kit to make it more economical in Europe. This car is expected to reach 40% saving on Fuel expenses.
The Renault has attached their LPg kit to the 1.6 litre petrol engine which produces 105 bhp, when it runs in Gasoline. The same motor will be producing 102 bhp when it runs on LPG making the difference in power output negligible, when compared to its running costs. It is expected to return a 11 kmpl on LPG with an overall top speed of 162 km/hr. To change the mode between gasoline and LPG is handy, as the knob is placed at the dashboard.
Coming back to India, Duster is expected to be launched in both petrol and diesel variants. It is expected to make its debut in our market with 1.5 litre dci diesel engine giving out 105 bhp and 24o Nm peak torque. While, the petrol variant will be out with a 1.6 litre engine with 105 bhp and 148 Nm torque . As a SUV it will be offering both 4×4 and 4×2 drive options and expected to priced at a range of 8 – 9 lakh (Ex-showroom).
The only question left behind is , Renault Duster LPG variant will make its debut in our Indian market or not. We hope its too early to expect an answer for that question. So, just stay tuned for more updates.