Renault has launched the 1.3 liter turbocharged variant of its Duster SUV in India. The Duster turbo was first showcased at the Auto Expo earlier this year and has a 154hp and 254Nm unit under its hood that’s paired to either a 6-speed manual or a CVT gearbox. Also in the new engine is Dual Variable Valve Timing (VVT) which further enhances performance with higher low-end torque and positively impacts the fuel efficiency and exhaust emissions.
The Duster was previously available with a 1.5 liter naturally aspirated unit which was recently upgraded to meet the stringer BS-VI emission norms, while the diesel variants were discontinued. The Duster turbo distinguishes itself from the existing variants with red accents on the grille, front bumper, roof rails, fog lamp cluster and tail-gate embellisher. There are no exterior revisions apart from these changes.
Exterior of 2020 Renault Duster Turbo
Inside the Duster turbo gets a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and voice recognition, cruise control, Arkamys sourced four-speaker and two tweeter music system along with engine start-stop button.
Interior of 2020 Renault Duster Turbo
In terms of safety, the new Duster comes equipped with a host of active and passive safety features including ABS with EBD, driver and passenger airbags, rear parking sensors, seat belt reminder & speed alert. All these safety features are standard across all versions along with additional features including Reverse Parking Camera, Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and Hill-Start Assist.
Renault Duster’s New 1.3L Turbo Engine
Prices of 2020 Renault Duster turbo starts from INR 10.49 lac (PKR 23.4 lac) for the RXE variant and goes as high as INR 11.99 lac (PKR 26.7 lac) for the TXZ variant.
The Duster was supposed to be among the first vehicles to be launched by Renault in Pakistan however the company decided to pull off the Pakistani market even before making an entry amid volatile economic situations of the country.
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