Renault Duster gets LPG variant in Europe, will India get this LPG variant?

Renault Duster - FrontView

Renault is all set to launch the Duster in India, after the Fluence and the Koleos. The Duster is a low cost SUV manufactured by Renault’s subsidiary Dacia, which is built on the same platform as the Logan; now known as the Mahindra Verito. The LPG kit will come has factory fitted and now the Duster is expected to give close to 40% saving on fuel. Currently the company offers the LPG kit at 800 Euro (Approx. Rs 52,000).

The Renault Duster produces 105 BHP and on the LPG variant there is a minimal BHP drop. Once in LPG mode the Duster produces 102 BHP. One can switch between the gasoline / LPG mode with the shift of a knob to the desired mode. The Duster in LPG mode is not sluggish. The SUV is capable of doing 0-100 kmph in 12.8 seconds and a top whack of 162 kmph.

It terms of fuel economy it consumes 9.1 liters of fuel every 100km, delivering an appreciable mileage of 11 kmpl. For the Indian market the company will bring a 1.5 Liter cdi diesel engine borrowed from the Nissan Micra. The engine will pack more power to give it a decent blend of economy and performance.

Renault has unveiled the Duster mini SUV at the Motor Show in Buenos Aires. The Romanian “Duster” crossover features a new grill, alloy wheels painted in dark gray, upgraded all-wheel drive, and finalized the interior with different instrument panel and centre console.

In the near future sale of Renault Duster also begin in Jordan, Syria, Libya, Egypt, Africa and Russia. Renault has officially confirmed the Duster for India, which will be launched in mid-2012.

Renault Duster -RearView

The dimensions of the Duster are similar to that of the Hyundai Tucson though the pricing of the car is significantly lower. It is estimated to be priced below the 10 Lakh rupee mark, and is set to create a new segment in the Indian market. The Duster will have high local content which means prices will be very competitive.

In India Duster will be available in the 4X2 and 4X4 versions. So do you think Renault will add this LPG kit to India variant of Duster as well? If it happens, Duster could be first SUV with a factory fitted LPG kit.


Also see – Renault Duster to hit the Indian roads soon


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