Renault India has stopped production of Renault Duster diesel 85 PS version in the country, media reports suggest. The move is said to be taken in response to the supply chain constraint. Renault’s popular compact SUV comes with two engine options- the 1.5-litre H4K petrol and the 1.5-litre dCi oil burner which is available in two states to tune-85 PS/200 Nm and 110 PS/245 Nm. With the 85 PS variant being withdrawn, the diesel version is now available with just the 110 PS engine option.
Reports suggest the 85 PS version is being taken off production because of the disruptions in supply chain and not because of poor demand. In fact, there is a backlog of orders. Sources in the know have revealed that the demand for the AMT version, which is offered with the 110 PS 1.5-litre dCi oil burner, has spiked. That said, almost 70 per cent of the overall Duster sales are drawn by the petrol MT/CVT and diesel-AMT variants, hence Renault is giving priority to these configurations.
Renault will start production of the 85 PS 1.5-litre dCi diesel engine once the supply of the requisite parts is resumed. First launched in 2012, the Renault Duster has been selling in India for six years and was a breakthrough model in the compact SUV space. Over the years the SUV has received several updates, though its second generation model is still awaited which is already on sale in the international markets. In the compact SUV space, Renault Duster goes squarely against segment leader Hyundai Creta.