Ever since the Renault Duster was launched we have been bringing our readers tidbits of information on it, knowing how interested everyone is in the Duster. And now we have some more news for you; the Duster, in India, comes with only one choice of transmission, the 5-speed manual gearbox. Now, Renault India has made it abundantly clear that they have no plans to introduce the Duster's automatic variant in the country as yet. While this statement may not be something the Duster AT fans want to hear, it is the logical thing to do by Renault India. They already have trouble meeting the market demand for the Duster manual variant; an automatic variant may do more harm than good since the company will be unable to meet with the rising demand.
So India is not getting the Duster automatic variant for a while now. Brazil on the other hand is enjoying this very version of the Duster and if their reports are anything to judge by, the Duster AT is doing just fine. Well that's all fine and well for our Brazilian friends; what we want to know is when will we get the Duster in an automatic transmission?
While the Duster still has quite a bit of time on its hands to bask in the popularity granted to it by the Indian market, we know that Ford's launch of the EcoSport is nearing its launch date and that if anyone can give the Duster a run for its money, it will be the EcoSport. We also know that Ford plans to introduce the EcoSport in an automatic variant. Renault India should accommodate for an AT variant in the Duster line-up before the EcoSport comes in and grabs its time in the limelight.