Renault to launch Duster by mid 2012, caught testing

Renault India’s new Duster SUV was caught testing in Chennai again. The Duster SUV will be the next model after the Pulse small which is going to makes it debut at the 2012 Auto Expo. The Duster could provide some healthy competition to the Ford’ EcoSport SUV will could hit the market by end 2012-13.

Thanks to our friends at IndianAutosblog, who spotted the Duster with camouflage in Chennai. Renault which made its re-entry in India with the Fluence and Koleos now want to take on the mini SUV segment which has shown some tremendous growth.

The Duster is based on the Logan platform and will come with an two-wheel-drive version initially. Renault may also launch the all-wheel-drive variant later if the demand does exist.

The Duster won’t qualify for under 4metres as the SUV is 4.31 metres long.

The Duster will be positioned below the Scorpio and will be available with 1.5 dCi engine, seen on various Renault models already. Renault may launch it in two tunes: 85bhp state for the mileage lovers and higher state of tune: 104.5 bhp@4000 rpm spec as on the Fluence diesel for those who want the extra performance.

The Duster has a 2.67 metre wheelbase and ground clearance of is 205mm. The SUV will be equipped with 16? alloy. The Boot capacity for the Duster is stated as 475 litres.

In terms of Safety the Duster will be equipped with Dual front airbags and ABS (with Brake Assist and EBD),fog lamps, a rear defogger (with wiper and washer), electrically adjustable ORVMs and rear parking sensors. The interiors will get leather upholstery, and a 4-speaker music system with USB, Aux-in and Bluetooth (again, depending on trim).

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