Instead of the current 104bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine, the carmaker has powered the Duster with a new 1.5-litre H4K motor. This four-cylinder unit produces 106bhp of power and 142Nm of torque. The X-Tronic CVT has a claimed fuel efficiency of 14.99kmpl, while the five-speed manual version is rated at 14.19kmpl.
Renault has also made some equipment-level changes in the Duster. For example, now the RxL manual trim and the new RxS automatic are equipped with steering-mounted audio controls, eco mode, electrically adjustable wing mirrors and a trip computer. The RxL variant comes with a gearshift indicator and the RxS CVT version is packed with a touchscreen infotainment system, but without the sat-nav feature.
Cosmetically, the petrol automatic is slightly different from the standard model. It gets a blacked out grille, additional decals on the door and boot along with the prominent X-Tronic badging. With the addition of the CVT automatic option, this petrol AT Duster goes up against the 122bhp 1.6-litre Hyundai Creta petrol AT and the 119bhp 1.6-litre Honda BR-V petrol AT.
Sumit Sawhney, Country CEO and Managing Director, Renault India Operations said, “We have a clear goal of growing the Renault brand in India. Towards this, we are strategically strengthening our product range, expanding our network reach and initiating pioneering measures to ensure customer delight. Duster plays a pivotal role in our product portfolio and with the introduction of the new petrol range with CVT, Renault has the widest offering in the segment, enabling us to best cater to evolving customer needs. We are confident that the new Duster petrol range with the CVT will resonate well with discerning Indian customers in the fastest growing vehicle segment in India.”