Ever since its launch in India, Renault Duster has been a hot-selling product not only for the Renault, but also in the compact SUV segment. So much so is the liking for the product, that it single-handedly saved the brand's reputation and business in India. But it's not the India that alone loves the Duster. In fact, many developing countries, including Brazil have a liking for the compact SUV.
To honor the buyers, Renault has unveiled the Duster Extreme Concept at the ongoing Sao Paulo Auto Show. The full-blown off-road machine is developed in conjunction with the Renault Design Latin America (RDAL) based in Sao Paulo, Brazil and looks every bit menacing in the images from the launch. Renault hasn't confirmed if the concept will take shape of a production vehicle.
The Renault Duster Extreme, as the name suggests, is an off-road machine with sports utility materials, sports equipment and high-performance accessories for extreme off-road conditions. The Renault Duster 2.0-litre all-wheel drive version is underpinning the Duster Extreme Concept. To give it the off-road prowess, a winch on the front bumper is provided along with of-fender reamers, side rack, off-road tyres and ladder on the side.
The concept is painted with matte grey shade and comes with raised suspension and rack ceiling with LED bar light. All the accessories are painted in the red shade and reminds us of the mountain rescue vehicles in South America. The cabin of the Extreme Concept is finished in black with red accents. The dashboard gets an 'Extreme' badge while the steering wheel gets a 4WD badging.
As for the mechanicals, Renault doesn’t mention any changes to the engine in the concept version. Which means, the Extreme Edition gets the 2.0-litre flex-fuel four-cylinder engine that produces 143 hp at 5,750 rpm and 20.2 kgf-m of torque at 4,000 rpm running on petrol. The Ethanol powered engine produces 148 hp at 5,750 rpm and 20.9 kgf-m of torque at 4,000 rpm.
While Renault has unveiled this Extreme Concept in association with RDAL, Renault globally sells Duster Adventure edition, which is also an off-road based model. However, the Adventure edition is not an outright off-road machine like the Extreme Concept. Renault also launched the Adventure edition of the Duster priced at Rs 9,64,575, (ex-showroom Delhi) in India.
The Adventure Edition comes with a new set of lamps mounted on the nudge guard, glossy black front grille and rear embellish, gun metal finish alloy wheels, wheel arch and door cladding, new mustard yellow roof rails and skid plates. The cabin of the Adventure Edition comes with new Adventura denim interiors with 'zip on and zip off' seat covers which can be washed. The black fabric on door trims with contrast stitching, a two-tone steering wheel and floor mats with denim trimmings compliment the interior.
Duster is one of the most capable compact SUV in India today, which comes with a 4*4 system. While the Adventure Edition is a good product, we would really like to see the Extreme Off-Roading Concept enter the production version and launched in India. Till the time Renault decided to launch it, you can drool over the images uploaded here.