If there was a car that proved Renault’s stronghold in India, it is the Duster SUV. The Duster, along with Kwid mini hatch, has been the volume generator in the market. Keeping this in mind, the company has decided to expand the product variant to a little further spot by adding an automatic transmission petrol trim to the existing Duster.
Speaking about this expansion of the trim, Sumit Sawhney said that considering the current market status, Renault India will be launching the CVT gearbox Duster soon, to bring automation there too. The closest competitor of the SUV, which is Hyundai Creta, already has an automatic transmission version. Hence, the CVT Duster will bring much more competence. However, this new automatic transmission will be available only on the RxL and RxZ trims.
This new CVT petrol version of Renault Duster will feature the same auto box that we get in the Fluence sedan. The current petrol variant of the Duster comes with a 1.6-litre K4M engine that makes a maximum power of 102 bhp and a peak torque of 148 Nm. Moreover, similar to the current petrol Duster, which comes with 2WD (two wheel drive) drivetrain, the automatic trim will also come with a 2WD.
Performance wise, Renault India promises that the automatic variant of Duster will shoot up in terms of fuel efficiency. The CVT variant will be offering a mileage of around 14 kms per litre in compared to the 13.06 kms per litre of the manual trim.
Renault India currently has a series of car in the pipeline. It has Kwid Climber, Kaptur crossover and a subcompact sedan based on the Kwid.
However, the most important factor Renault is more focused on is its collaboration with MItsubishi. Nissan Group presently owns 34 per cent stake in Mitsubishi, which they bought last year.