It’s official! Renault will be driving in the 4-wheel drive version of its popular SUV, Duster, in India on September 24, 2014. Dubbed the Duster AWD, this all new model is one of the most eagerly anticipated vehicles for our market, especially among those who have a penchant for off-roading. Thus far, the Duster was only offered in a front-wheel drive layout, which in a way limited its customer base to only urban commuters. With the launch of an all-wheel drive variant, the Duster is likely to woo consumers who like exploring unprecedented territories.
Visually, there are not any major updates to report about the new Duster AWD. It looks almost identical to the 2WD sibling, but to help onlookers distinguish it from regular models, it sports smoked headlamps (as seen of the Duster Adventure edition as well), gun metal finished alloy wheels and ‘AWD’ stickers plastered on the exteriors.
On the inside, Renault has carried out some noticeable changes with the Duster AWD. This includes a new three-pod instrument cluster, bright red and grey upholstery, a sportier steering wheel and a new centre console design. The centre-strip that runs along the dashboard now comes in shade of grey as opposed to the beige finish seen on regular models.
Powertrain remains unchanged for the AWD variant as The Duster AWD sources it’s power from the same 1.5 litre four-cylinder diesel engine that develops 110PS of power and 248Nm of peak torque. Power will be transferred via means of a 6-speed manual transmission. The Duster AWD will also come with three selectable driving modes- 2WD, Auto and 4WD Lock.
Equipment wise, the new Duster AWD comes with a slew of features and is decently equipped as compared to standard model of the car. It now features traction control, cruise control, a speed limiter, gear shift indicator, ambient temperature gauge, real-time fuel efficiency display and satellite navigation as standard in the range topping RxZ model. Safety equipment and driver aids are aplenty as well, and it includes ABS, EBD, Brake Assist and dual front airbags.
The pricing for the Renault Duster AWD will be officially out on the launch day itself, but we expect it to cost about a lakh more than the regular RxL and RxZ variants of the car.
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