Renault Duster is the one vehicle that not only brought profits and good days for the French automaker in India , it also brought the culture of compact SUVs in the country, however some automakers tried that in the past, but failed. Launched back in July 2012, the Duster today is amongst the top-selling SUVs in the country, which attracted other automakers too to try their luck in the newly formed segment. Mahindra brought its first compact SUV, the Quanto in October, which too has been able to get the initial success. Next to join the league is the much awaited Ford EcoSport, which is considered to be the closest rival of the Duster, and we all are excited to see the battle taking place between these two super impressive, new era vehicles.
But it's not going to be easy task for Ford, as the French auto major is in no mood to let EcoSport take the competitive edge. When Ford is all set to bring in the EcoSport in the first quarter of 2013, there are media reports coming in that Renault would launch the 4x4 version of the vehicle at almost same time. As per the word on the street, Renault Duster four-wheel drive (4WD) option will be launched by March 2013, and to be possibly priced a lakh higher than the existing petrol and 110PS diesel versions.
The company however is developing 4wd Duster at its Chennai based plant, which is being exported to the UK market, so it's not going to be a tough task for the company to launch the similar vehicle in India. Although, it's early to claim the success of 4WD version, if it's priced well, we are sure it would attract off-roading lovers as well who are paying more to get a 4wd SUV.
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