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Renault Duster Gets More Oomph With New Turbo Variant; Launched At Rs 10.49 Lakh


Renault has reintroduced the CVT automatic transmission in the turbo-petrol powered Duster

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  • Renault Duster Turbo priced from Rs 10.49 lakh to Rs 13.59 lakh.
  • Prices of 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol variants hiked by Rs 10,000.
  • The Duster Turbo is powered by a 156PS 1.3-litre turbo-petrol engine.

Renault India has launched the Duster Turbo with prices starting from Rs 10.49 lakh. It replaces the diesel variants that were sold in the BS4 era and Reanult is offering it as an alternative for those looking for a Duster with an extra bit of oomph. It’s offered with both manual and automatic transmission options and comes in a total of three variants. Here’s where the Duster Turbo slots in the lineup:

Renault Duster 1.5-litre Petrol

Old Ex-showroom Prices

New Ex-showroom Prices

RXE 

Rs 8.49 lakh

Rs 8.59 lakh (+Rs 10,000)

RXS

Rs 9.29 lakh

Rs 9.39 lakh (+Rs 10,000)

RXZ

Rs 9.99 lakh

Rs 9.99 lakh

Renault Duster Turbo Petrol

   

RXE MT

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Rs 10.49 lakh

RXS MT

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Rs 11.39 lakh

RXZ MT

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Rs 11.99 lakh

RXS CVT

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Rs 12.99 lakh

RXZ CVT

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Rs 13.59 lakh

The manual variants of the Duster Turbo are priced at a premium of Rs 2 lakh over the corresponding 1.5-litre variants. Meanwhile, Renault has hiked prices of the RXE and RXS 1.5-litre variants by Rs 10,000. 

The Renault Duster Turbo comes with a 1.3-litre turbo-petrol engine that develops 156PS of power and 254Nm of torque. It is the same engine that’s offered in the Nissan Kicks Turbo. The engine option is a good alternative to Renault’s 1.5-litre K9K diesel, which is no longer on sale. The turbo petrol offers 46PS and 9Nm more than the now-discontinued 1.5-litre diesel. If we compare it against the competition, the 1.3-litre turbo-petrol offers 16PS and 12Nm more than the Kia Seltos’ and Hyundai Creta’s 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine. Not only does it have an advantage on paper, but it’s priced quite attractively when compared to its Korean rivals as well as its Nissan sibling, the Kicks. Here’s how their prices compare:

 

Renault Duster Turbo

Nissan Kicks Turbo

Kia Seltos Turbo

Hyundai Creta Turbo

Prices (ex-showroom)

Rs 10.49 lakh to Rs 13.59 lakh

Rs 11.85 lakh to Rs 14.15 lakh

Rs 15.54 lakh to Rs 17.29 lakh

Rs 16.16 lakh to Rs 17.20 lakh 


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Two transmission options are on offer with the Renault Duster Turbo: a 6-speed manual and a CVT with 7-step manual control. The latter is quite unique since most turbo-petrol engines are offered with dual-clutch automatic transmission. We can’t wait to sample it and tell you how the Duster Turbo CVT is like to drive. In terms of fuel efficiency, the Duster Turbo MT returns 16.5kmpl while the CVT variant offers 16.42km per litre. The Duster Turbo also gets start-stop functionality to aid fuel efficiency. 

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So how do you tell that you’re driving the Duster Turbo? The answer is simple. Look out for bright red elements on the grille, roof rails, lug nuts and the ‘Turbo’ badge on the tailgate. If you spot any one of these elements, you know it’s the more powerful Duster. It also sits on larger 17-inch alloy wheels, which is a size up over the 1.5-litre variants. 

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There aren’t any new features to speak of, but you can now start the Duster and pre-cool the cabin via a button on the key fob. Other features like the touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, climate control, cruise control, keyless entry with push button start, dual airbags, ABS with EBD, and rear parking sensors have been retained. Electronic stability program and hill start assist are also part of the kit. 

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The Duster Turbo locks horns with the Kia Seltos and the Hyundai Creta. Sure, it’s old and not as feature loaded as the Korean offerings. But it’s priced a whole lot less, offers more power and drives better over the rough stuff. Moreover, existing Duster owners will also get an exclusive AMC package if you upgrade to the Duster Turbo. 

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