To further increase the growth in country's SUV car market, Renault India has introduced a new variant in its Duster model line up. It is christened as Renault Duster RxZ AWD and is powered by the same 1.5-litre diesel engine. It has the ability to churn out a maximum power of 108.5bhp in combination with 248Nm of maximum torque output. This power plant is mated with a six speed manual transmission gear box. Its braking mechanism is assisted by anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist function. This trim comes with a few additional exterior features, which are smoked headlight cluster and a modish set of gun metal finished alloy wheels. It also has stylish 'AWD' body decals that enhances the look of its side profile. The interiors are designed with a dual tone dashboard, which has that is equipped with a sportier steering wheel with multi-functional switches, a new three pod instrument panel, round shaped AC vents and a large glove box. The piano black center console comes with silver accents and incorporated with a lot of functions. The company is offering this SUV with a standard warranty of two years or 50000 Kilometers, whichever is earlier. It covers all the mechanical and electrical defect relating to material, workmanship and manufacturing fault.
This rugged sports utility vehicle is designed with a bold radiator grille that is fitted with three chrome plated slats. It is embedded with a prominent company logo in the center. This grille is surrounded by a new smoked headlight cluster that is incorporated with high intensity halogen lamps and side turn indicator. The body colored bumper is accompanied by a silver colored cladding that protect it from minor damage. It houses a wide air intake section for cooling the engine. This air dam is flanked by a pair of round shaped fog lamps. The large windscreen is made of toughened glass and integrated with a set of intermittent wipers. Its side profile is elegantly designed and dominated by stylish AWD decals. Then it also has side body moldings, chrome finished door side sill and black garnished B-pillars. The door handles and outside rear view mirrors are painted in body color. These ORVMs are electrically adjustable and integrated with side turn blinker. The neatly carved wheel arches are fitted with a brand new set of 16 inch alloy wheels, which are covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres. The rear end has a body colored bumper, large windshield with a defogger and bright tail light cluster. It also has a pair of roof rails and an antenna mounted on the roof. The overall length, width and height of this SUV are 4315mm, 1822mm and 1695mm respectively. Its minimum ground clearance is 210mm, which is quite good.
This Renault Duster RxZ AWD trim has a spacious internal cabin and it is incorporated with a number of features. It has well cushioned seats that are integrated with adjustable head restraints and covered with premium upholstery. These seats provide ample leg space for all occupants. Its dual tone dashboard is equipped with a few features like a glove box, an advanced instrument panel with a few functions, a leather wrapped steering wheel, which has multi-functional switches and AC vents. Its updated piano black center console comes with silver accents and gives the cabin a decent look. This variant is fitted with a number of utility based aspects, which are front seat back pockets, cup holders, three grab handles with folding coat hooks, storage compartment in front doors, cup and bottle holders, front and rear center arm rest and lots of other aspects. It also has a couple of 12V power socket in first and second row for charging electronic devices.
Engine and Performance:
This newly launched variant is fitted with the same 1.5-litre diesel power plant that can displace 1461cc. It is integrated with four cylinders and sixteen valves using DOHC based valve configuration. This engine can churn out a maximum power of 108.5bhp at 3900rpm in combination with 248Nm of peak torque output at just 2250rpm. It is cleverly mated with a six speed manual transmission gear box, which sends the engine power to its all wheels . It allows the SUV to achieve a top speed of 168 Kmph. At the same time, it can cross the speed barrier of 100 Kmph in close to 12.5 seconds from a standstill that is rather good for this segment. With the help of a common rail based direct injection supply fuel system, it can generate 19.7 Kmpl of maximum mileage.
Braking and Handling:
Its front axle is assembled with an independent McPherson strut, while rear gets torsion beam axle type of mechanism. Both the front and rear axles are accompanied with coil springs and anti roll bar. This variant is also equipped with electronic stability program (ESP) and anti slip regulation (ASR) for better stability of the vehicle. It has hydraulically operated diagonal split dual circuit braking system . The front wheels are fitted with a set of ventilated disc brakes, whereas the rear gets conventional drum brakes. This braking mechanism is further augmented by ABS along with EBD and brake assist. The manufacturer has also bestowed it with a hill start assist function. The electro-hydraulic power assisted steering wheel is quite responsive and makes handling effortless even in heavy traffic conditions.
The convenience level of this top end trim is defined by an efficient air conditioning unit with a cabin heater and pollen filter, which helps in keeping the air cool and purified. The multifunctional steering wheel is integrated with audio and phone control buttons. It also has cruise control function for maintaining a steady speed on the highways. The advanced instrument panel features various notification and warnings for the comfort of its driver. The sophisticated music system supports CD/MP3 player, radio with AM/FM tuner and USB interface, Aux-in port along with four speakers. It also has an advanced Media-Nav system, which includes multimedia, navigation and Bluetooth connectivity.
The list of protective aspects available in this Renault Duster RxZ AWD variant are ABS with EBD and brake assist, front airbags for driver and front co-passengers, reverse parking sensor and an advanced engine immobilizer along with engine protector under guard for security of the vehicle. In addition to these, it also has seat belts for all occupants along with driver seat belt warning notification on instrument panel, door open warning lamp, front fog lamps, a high mounted stop lamp, rear defogger and several other aspects.
1. Good engine performance with decent acceleration and pick up.
2. Spacious internal cabin with advanced features.
1. After sales service can be improved.
2. Price tag can be more competitive.