Renault Duster AMT will be offered with same price of their MT variants alongside 4-gram gold coin and Rs. 20,000 cash discount
Renault is taking the festive season all too seriously by the looks of things. The French automaker is eyeing commendable sales with its popular SUV, the Duster. A few months ago, the Easy-R AMT equipped Duster graced the domestic market scenes and it has enjoyed considerable success so far. Since March, the Duster averaged around 1,800 units between March and August period and it could increase in the following months with the new offers.
Alongside the cash discount of Rs. 20,000, the customers of the new Renault Duster will receive four gram gold coin. Most importantly, the prices of the two AMT variants, the RXL and RXZ, will be similar to their manual counterparts – Rs. 11.16 lakh and Rs. 12.37 lakh respectively (ex-showroom, Delhi). The offer is likely to be available across all the dealerships in India and the bookings will commence by September 30. Deliveries will begin from the time of Navaratri.
First revealed at the 2016 Auto Expo in early February, Renault India launched the facelifted Duster with loads of anticipation. It sports 32 new changes to the exteriors and interiors but the significant update came under the hood with the addition of the all-new 6-speed Easy-R AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) – first in the segment.
Made available only with the diesel engine, the new Duster featured an upgraded front fascia comprising of a new dual-slat chrome grille, Hawk Eye Cluster headlamps, redesigned fog lamps, 16-inch gunmetal finished alloy wheels, waterfall inspired LED tail lamps, etc. Additionally, the SUV received Kayak Roof Rails, electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs with turn indicators and Cayenne Orange colour option.
The extensively updated feature list has new media navigation, improved centre console, rearview camera with guidelines, automatic climate control and auto-up/down power windows with anti-pinch. The safety equipment provided are ABS(Anti-lock Braking System), EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution)with Brake Assist, dual front airbags, ESP (Electronic Stability Program) and Hill start assist.
The facelifted Duster’s CMO10 and T4 E&E architecture has been said to enhance safety, ride quality and handling characteristics as well. When we drove the AMT version we were certainly impressed by it. Power continues to be derived from the same 1.5-litre K9k dCi diesel motor which is good enough to produce a power output of 108 bhp at 4,000 rpm and 245 Nm of peak torque at 1,750 rpm.
While the six-speed manual gearbox has been retained, the six-speed Easy-R AMT gearbox was added to the lineup. In the new automatic guise, The Duster returns an ARAI certified fuel economy of 19.6 kmpl in automatic guise which it has been increased to 19.72 kmpl on the AWD variant strapped with a manual gearbox.