Enough has been said and written about Renault’s Duster which entered a segment that was only serviced by Tata Safari and Scorpio (if you compare the price points). However, pretty soon, we saw the entry of Ford’s Ecosport, Nissan Terrano (A premium version of the duster with some cosmetic changes) and most recently Hyundai’s Creta.
While all of the above are very capable compact SUVs, the Duster stands apart with its durability and rock solid stability. Tata’s Safari is comparable to Duster in comfort and off road capabilities, however, the former is an outdated model and is very bulky considering it can seat only five people. The Creta is posing a stiff competition to the Duster with its overall Hyundai refinement and looks. But, I don’t think a Creta owner would like to throw around his car in the dirt, something that comes naturally with the Duster.
To keep up with the growing competition, Renault recently launched the 2016 Duster with 32 changes to the vehicle and in a few interesting colors. We also see the 6 speed AMT (Automatic Maunal Transmission) gearbox being introduced in the top variant. The existing Petrol and Diesel (85 & 110ps) engines continue to power the 2016 Duster.
Additional features include – New Rear View Camera with guidelines, Climate Control, Auto-up/down window with anti-pinch, New Media Nav and Centre Fascia. On the safety front, the Duster will offer ABS, EBD with Brake Assist, Dual Airbags, ESP and Hill start assist.
Prices start from Rs 863999 for the base petrol RXE variant and go up to Rs 1373999 for the 110 ps RXZ All Wheel Drive variant. The most popular model is the 85ps RXL priced at Rs 1043999. All prices are ex-showroom Bangalore.
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