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Renault’s Facelifted Duster Is Now BS6 Compliant... But With Many Sacrifices


Its 1.5-litre diesel option has been discontinued from the lineup

  

  • RXE variant has been hiked by Rs 50,000, whereas the RXS variant has been hiked by Rs 10,000.
  • RXZ is the new top-end variant in the petrol-only Duster lineup.
  • The BS6 update has caused the all-wheel drivetrain and CVT options to be axed as well.
  • A more powerful petrol variant is in the works, slated for an August 2020 launch.

With the April 1 BS6 deadline just around the corner, Renault has silently launched the BS6-complaint Duster facelift with prices starting from Rs 8.49 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). In this update, the Duster is now only available with a 1.5-litre petrol engine and three variant trims: RXE, RXS, and a new top-spec RXZ variant priced at Rs 9.99 lakh (ex-showroom, India). With the discontinuation of the 1.5-litre diesel option, here’s the rejigged variant lineup:

Variants

Duster BS4 

Duster BS6

Difference

RXE

Rs 7.99 lakh

Rs 8.49 lakh

Rs 50,000

RXS

Rs 9.19 lakh

Rs 9.29 lakh

Rs 10,000

RXS Option (CVT) 

Rs 9.99 lakh

   

RXZ

 

Rs 9.99 lakh

 

The BS6 base RXE variant is now priced at a premium of Rs 50,000 over its BS4 counterpart. The BS6 RXS variant gets a smaller price hike of Rs 10,000. The new top-end RXZ variant is priced similarly to the RXS option variant. 

However, this update has come with some sacrifices. The Duster is no longer equipped with a CVT transmission or an all-wheel drivetrain option. This means the Duster is now a front-wheel-drive SUV paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox. Power figures remain unchanged for the 1.5-litre petrol despite the BS6 upgrade at 106PS of power and 142Nm of torque. 

The facelifted Duster, launched back in July 2019, received cosmetic updates such as new projector headlamps, LED DRLs, a redesigned front grille, new roof rails, and new alloy wheels. Inside, it gets different upholstery, new steering wheel, and an updated 7.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, voice recognition, EcoGuide,  and an Arkamys sound system. Safety features such as dual airbags, ABS, parking sensors, and speed warning are offered as standard on all variants. It is also compliant with BNCAP front, side and pedestrian crash norms as well as the safety features stipulated by Indian laws.

Renault has more in store for the Duster SUV, as it looks to fill the void left by the demise of the diesel engine with the Duster Turbo it unveiled at Auto Expo 2020. It features a 1.3-litre TCe turbocharged petrol motor that puts out 156PS of power. Expect the Duster Turbo to debut in India by August 2020. In the meantime, the Duster takes on the likes of the Hyundai Venue, Nissan Kicks, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, and Ford Ecosport.  

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