Most of the times in the Indian automotive industry, a 'brand' makes a 'car' popular. However, with Renault, it was the Duster that made it popular in the country. Since its launch, the SUV has garnered a good number of fans who have grown an affection towards the French carmaker. After a recent update of the Duster's model range with the introduction of an AMT gearbox for the diesel engine options, a petrol CVT variant will also be introduced, according to a report in NDTV. Powering this variant will be the existing 1.6 litre K4M petrol unit that generates 103 hp of power at 5,750 rpm which has a claimed fuel efficiency of 13.06 kmpl. In the automatic gearbox version, this mileage will be higher thanks to the CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission).
To keep the price competitive, it is expected that the Renault Duster CVT will be based on the RXL variants, which also happens to be the top-end version in the petrol line-up. Maybe, the company offers a new RXZ trim with all the bells and whistles which includes the MediaNav infotainment unit that has inbuilt navigation. The RXL has a has a 2-DIN audio system with Bluetooth connectivity and playback from USB, AUX, CD and Radio, however, the navigation part was missed.
Since the Duster petrol automatic variant will be a direct competitor to the Hyundai Creta, a touchscreen infotainment system along with other convenience features would be better. Considering that the Duster RXL variant with a 5-speed manual transmission is priced at Rs 9.45 lakh,ex-showroom Delhi, a new variant with an automatic gearbox and other features found in the RXZ trim is available which could be priced around Rs 11.50 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. If launched at this price, the automatic version from the French company would undercut the Hyundai Creta petrol automatic by about Rs 1.50 lakh which carries a price tag of Rs 12.98 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi.