India's automobile market is currently flooded with back to back models and exclusive editions, as companies are lining up with their latest versions to boost their sales. Now, Renault India is the latest to launch the refurbished version of its premium SUV model Duster. At the same time, it has also updated the entire fleet of variants and added a few additional features to this series. Beside this, it also made changes to the interiors of this SUV that renders an astounding new look to the cabin. Among all the variants, the Renault Duster 85PS Diesel RxE is the entry level variant, which has not received much of changes like its top end variants. Powering this trim is the same 1.5-litre diesel engine that produces the same power and torque and is delivered to the front wheels through a 5-speed manual gearbox. In terms of changes, its dashboard is now fitted with a 3-dial techno instrument cluster that has chrome surround. Although it is the base trim, it gets a few chrome and metallic accents inside the cabin that gives a sublime stance to the cabin. On the other hand, its exteriors remains to be same as its predecessor without any change to its cosmetics. This vehicle is currently placed against the likes of Mahindra Scorpio, Tata Safari Storme, Nissan Terrano and others in this segment.
The external appearance of this vehicle looks entirely same, as changes are made only to the interiors. This vehicle looks quite attractive yet aggressive owing to its sporty cosmetics. Its front facade has a radiant dual barrel headlight cluster that houses turn indicators and powerful halogen headlamps. In the center, its has a very decent radiator grille that is done up with chrome accents and embedded with the company's insignia. Its front facade also has a dual tone bumper that is embodied with a small air intake section for better ventilation for engine cooling. Coming to the side facet, it has massive fenders that are skilfully fitted with sturdy set of steel rims. These are further embraced with full wheel covers that renders it a decent look. Coming to the rear end, this SUV has a bold structure featuring a masculine tailgate and rugged bumper. At the same time, it is also decorated with a few chrome accents that compliments its decent stance. This vehicle is currently available in a total of seven exterior paint options like Fiery Red, Graphite Grey, Woodland Brown, Supreme White, Galaxy Grey, Moonlight Silver and Amazon Green.
The interior section of this Renault Duster 85PS Diesel RxE variant has received very few updates unlike its top end variants. Its steering wheel gets a minor tweak with a few metallic accents, while its company's logo has been repositioned. Its dashboard is now fitted with 3-dial Techno sporty instrument cluster including a multi-information display that offers all the information required to keep the driver updated. It also gets trendy dials along with white illumination that enhances its classy appeal. Beside these, the automaker has updated the seat covers for rendering a premium look to the interiors. All the seats inside are ergonomically designed and are integrated with head restraints for better support. Its rear bench seat also has a 60:40 split folding facility that, which is helpful to increase the boot volume. There are number of utility based features provided inside the cabin including an inside rear view mirror, drink holders and dual front sun visors.
Engine and Performance:
The car maker has equipped this trim with the same 1.5-litre dCi diesel engine that has an advanced common rail fuel injection technology. It has not received much of tweaks and it continuous to run on DOHC valve configuration with 4-cylinders and 16-valves, which displaces 1461cc. This power plant has the ability to unleash a maximum power of 83.8bhp at 3750rpm and yields a commanding torque output of 200Nm at 2200rpm. This power plant is skilfully paired to a five speed manual transmission gearbox that delivers the torque output to the front wheels. The manufacturer claims that the vehicle is capable of delivering a peak mileage of 19.87 Kmpl, which is rather impressive.
Braking and Handling:
In terms of braking, this vehicle retains the same braking mechanism like its outgoing model with ventilated disc at front and drum brakes at rear. These brakes works efficiently in any road condition and keeps the vehicle stable. Coming to the suspension, this SUV's front axle is fitted with McPherson strut system, whereas its rear axle is fitted with torsion arm system. In addition to these, both the axles are also loaded with coil springs and double acting shock absorbers that helps to keep this SUV stable on any road condition. On the other hand, the manufacturer has blessed this vehicle with an advanced power assisted steering system that offers precise response and supports a minimum turning radius of just 5.2-meters.
Coming to the comfort aspects, this Renault Duster 85PS Diesel RxE trim is fitted with all the standard comfort features that are essential for a stress-free driving experience. The manufacturer has equipped this base trim with a manually operated air conditioning system including a pollen filter and heater, which keeps the entire ambiance pleasant. This base variant also gets a list of other features include keyless entry system, front power windows, power assisted steering with tilt column, internally adjustable outside mirrors, electric back door release, one touch turn indicator, digital clock and passenger vanity mirror. In addition to these, this trim also gets front seat back pocket, two cup holders, bottle holder on console, rear seat center armrest and a versatile rear parcel shelf with storage tray.
The manufacturer has made use of high tensile steel to build this SUV and incorporated it with impact protection beams for minimizing the risk of injury to the occupants. At the same time, this Renault Duster 85PS Diesel RxE trim gets a small list of protective aspects including an advanced engine immobilizer, engine protective under guard, central locking system, powerful headlamps, dual horn and door open warning lamp.
1. Improved interiors with better leg and shoulder space.
2. Price range is rather competitive.
1. There are no updates given to its exteriors.
2. More features can be given as standard.