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Renault to launch Duster 4x4 in India soon

May 02, 2014 09:48 IST

Image: Renault Duster.
Photographs: Courtesy, Renault

The Renault Duster 4X4 version is set to be launched towards the end of 2014 in India, going by a media report.

The confirmation comes from Sumit Sawhney who informs CarDekho.com that the model will be launched towards the end of this year.

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Renault to launch Duster 4x4 in India soon

Image: Renault Duster.
Photographs: Courtesy, Renault

The 4X4 variant of the Duster is already being manufactured at the Renault-Nissan alliance plant in Chennai under the Dacia brand and shipped out of Chennai to markets like the UK and Ireland.

The India-made Dacia Duster in its 4X4 avatar is offered in the UK in two trims, one each with a petrol and a diesel engine. It is unlikely that the petrol 4X4 would be launched in India as there is trifling demand for a petrol SUV.

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Renault to launch Duster 4x4 in India soon

Image: Renault Duster interior.
Photographs: Courtesy, Renault

The diesel engine is a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder 8-valve engine (K9K engine) that makes 107 hp and peak torque of 240 Nm.

The petrol is a 1.6-litere 4-cylinder engine making 105 hp and peak torque of 148 Nm. Both models are offered only with a 6-speed manual gearbox.

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Renault to launch Duster 4x4 in India soon

Image: Renault Duster.
Photographs: Courtesy, Renault

The 4X4 system used in the Duster is a Nissan drivetrain component manufactured in Romania. Imported into India, it is assembled along with other locally-made parts at the alliance plant in Oragadam.

The Duster 4WD would be the most expensive variant in the Indian range.

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