Renault is all set to roll out its all new Renault Duster 4X4 , that is perfectly tuned in for Indian mindset and their expectation. Renault Duster became an immediate hit with its sedan kind styling and SUV inspired power. Now many of the other auto players are getting attracted towards the potentiality of this segment and introducing their design in competition to the this leading SUV . In contrary to this, Mahindra & Mahindra came up with its first mini SUV- Quanto to grab the second mover advantage, while Ford auto major is planning to unveil its Ford EcoSport for the segment. However surpassing the French auto giant is not an easy task as the leader seems to accept the threats and challenges and it is all set to move a step ahead with the launch of its 4WD- Renault Duster 4x4 . The new Duster 4X4 would be equipped with the same mill with some tweaks in it that would make it an extremely competitive, sporty and robust vehicle in the Indian market. The new SUV will flaunt its unmistakable brawny design with distinct character line that brilliantly defines all the vital portions of the car. The SUV will derive its power from a 1.4-liter dCi diesel engine, that would churn out a maximum of 108.5bhp at 3900rpm , accompanied with 248Nm torque at 2250rpm.
The brilliant and distinct character lines flowing seamlessly all through the SUV's body defines its raw design. Talking about the appearance, it almost stands similar to the existing model. However certain remarkable changes expected to be done are - more chrome on exteriors and interiors both, which will enhance the luxury appeal of this SUV. The front fascia is defined by the brilliant hood lines that melts down to merge with the chrome radiator grille, which has the company's logo embedded on it. The high definition headlamps are perfectly fitted in the chrome flanks beside the grille. The car presents an infusion of both luxury and athletic appeal to justify the segment. So, the premium design is complemented with exciting roof rails and foot steps on both the sides of the SUV. The vehicle exhibits its macho appeal with those muscular wheel arches that are more pronounced at the rear end. The front roof antenna is another sporty accessory on the top along with the roof rails. The stunning rear end displays the revolutionary design of Renault, while this yet to be launched entrant will be flaunting a new sticker of 4WD mechanism . This brawny SUV rolls out on`16-inches huge alloy wheels .
The masculine soft roader from the esteemed French company is made stylishly from the inside as well. The cabin appears inviting with oodles of space and comfort. The tinted glasses do their part of work and the interiors are very smooth and nice all over. The layout of the dashboard is kept quite simple that is inherited from its predecessor. The power steering wheel and the gear knob are wrapped in leather for extra grip and comfort of the driver. The power assisted steering wheel comes embossed with chrome finish Renault brand logo and gets mounted auto control for added ease to the driver. The luxury appeal is imparted with the introduction of wood trim on the door and few other places, moreover the chrome infusion also plays a role. The SUV presents generous space inside with a glove box , center console and stowage space. The multi information panel is placed just beside the steering wheel, the display is wider and more clearer. The panel highlights vital information about the average speed, distance traveled, average fuel consumption and most importantly distance to empty. The intricate features which are intelligently developed and placed as per their utility, enhances the functional usability of the car.
Engine and Performance:
The French maker is in the news with the soon to be introduced Renault Duster 4X4. This SUV boasts of a 1.5-litre dCi diesel engine , that has 4-in line cylinders with common rail direct injection fuel supply system. This mill produces a maximum of 108.5bhp at 3900rpm, that is accompanied with 248Nm torque at 2250rpm . The mill is touted with a 6-speed manual transmission that ensures swift gear changes even in tight city corners. The SUV is expected to accelerate up to a top speed of 164 Kmph and comes with a 2+2 years warranty period . The Renault Duster 4X4 is expected to give a mileage of 19kmpl on highways and a fuel consumption of about 16.8 Kmpl in the city limits.
Braking and Handling:
This compact SUV presents a safe cage structure as per its body mechanics. The large brake calipers provide ultimate stabilizing ability to this robust design. The braking mechanism is defined with the combination of front disc and rear disc brakes . Apart from normal brakes, this SUV will even get ABS and EBD . This SUV will come fitted with independent McPherson strut with coil spring and anti-roll bar suspension type at the front. The rear suspension mechanism will feature a torsion beam axle with coil springs and anti-roll bar.
This Renault Duster 4x4, stands ahead in its segment for the package of comfort features it offers. The distinctly designed stylish design encapsulates a flurry of intelligent aspects that ensure a hassle free traveling experience for the passengers. The air conditioner with individual control knob helps to balance inside temperature. The power windows and remote central locking mechanisms are another instant comfort features. Other facilities are remote boot gate opener, remote fuel filler etc. The rear windscreen is assisted with rear wiper and defogger that prevents any fog accumulation. The driver seat is made electrically adjustable so as to derive a comfortable driving position. Both OVRM's are internally adjustable and add to the utility of this SUV.
The safety features of this SUV are designed with a view to keep the vehicle as well as the occupants safe. The passive safety features include dual front air bags, parking sensors , fog lamps and seat belts for all the passengers . This SUV is also expected to be fitted with central locking and an engine immobilizer.
Pros: Good internal features, better fuel efficiency.
Cons: Price can be more competitive and engine sound can be decreased.