Sunday, November 4, 2012

Renault Duster

 For many years we relished criticizing the US car buyers absurd love affair with gas-guzzling sports utilities. But now, we Indians do seem to be going through a similar, delayed, pubescent crush with the four-wheeled giants. There is one redeeming feature though, that our inherent urge to seek more value has led to a preference for utilities that are a bit smaller and that run on diesel - the cheaper and actually more efficient fuel.
Not surprising then that Mahindra & Mahindra is now India's third largest car manufacturer. Not surprising too that a whole bunch of car makers are in the process of launching their compact sports utilities with diesel engines (yes, petrol too in some cases, but that will hardly be the prime mover). The Ford Eco Sport, the Chevy Trax, and the Maruti Suzuki XA Alpha are all waiting in the wings. Even as we await the flood of new CSUVs, the first off the block with a fairly modern compact SUV was the Mahindra XUV 5oo and now the next one to wrestle itself in for a spot is the Renault Duster.
There has been considerable hype surrounding the Duster. That it was going to be launched with a killer price tag, that it will be a make or break vehicle for Renault in India and that it will be well-built, reliable and easy to maintain. Does it live up to all that hype and more importantly, will it satiate this fast emerging hunger among st car buyers for a vehicle that is like a sports utility and is yet as practical as a car?
Just like the scenario in the late nineties when there was a latent demand for small cars, we are now at the cusp of an explosion in demand for SUV's and vans. What is driving the surge in demand - the need for a second car, the pent up desire to own a vehicle with a butch road presence and possibly to a much lesser extent the need for a people's mover.

Specifications :


Name : Duster Petrol
Model : RxE
Car Body Type : SUV
Segment : D Segment
Top Speed : 164
Fuel Consumption : Highway 13.00 kmpl.
Fuel Consumption : City 9.00 kmpl.
Warranty: 2+2 years or 80,000 km


Displacement : 1598cc petrol
Engine Type : Petrol
Maximum Power : 100.6 bhp @ 5850 rpm
Maximum Torque : 145 Nm @ 3750 rpm


Airbag : NO
Parking Sensors : NO
Fog Lamp : NO
Traction Control : NO
Rear Seat Belts : 3

Weight & Dimension :

Boot Space (min.-max.) : 475 to 1064
Front Track (mm) : 822
Gross Vehicle Weight (DIN/EU) : 1740
Ground Clearance (mm) : 205 mm
Overall Height (mm) : 1695
Overall Length (mm) : 4315
Overall Width (mm) : 1822
Rear Track (mm) : 820
Wheel Base (mm) : 2673


AC : AC (without Climate Control)
Power Windows : YES
Central Locking : Remote
Remote Boot : YES
Remote Fuel Filler : YES
Rear Wiper : NO
Rear Defogger : NO
Rear Armrest : NO
Streeing Adjustment (Rake/Reach) : YES/NO
Driver Seat Adjustment : Electric
Music System : No
Leather Seats : NO
Door Mirror : Both Side Manual
Tinted Glass : YES
Rear AC Vent : NO
Folding Rear Seats : YES
Sun Roof : NO
Buttons/Controls on Steering : NO
Auto Viper : NO
Auto Headlamp : NO


Seating Capacity : 5
Tyre Size : 215/65 R16
Suspension : MacPherson Struts, torsion beam
Turning Circle : 5.20 mtrs.
Boot Space : 475.00 ltrs.
Steering : Power
Brakes : Front Disk, Rear Disk
Gears : 5 Manual
Ground Clearance : 210.00 mm
Kerb Weight : 1235.00 kgs.
Fuel Tank : 50.00
Body Color Bumpers : YES
Tachometer : YES
Alloys : NO
ORVM Indicator : NO
Xenon Headlamps : NO
Trip Meter : 2
Headlamp Washer : NO

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