While India remains a country obsessed with SUVs, there has been a shift in regards to the fuel of choice due to near matching prices of Diesel and Petrol. Certain regulatory choke points have further strengthened the case for petrol engines, and as a result, even SUVs can now be bought with a petrol motor. The Renault Duster Petrol Automatic has been launched to lure those who wish to drive an SUV that sips cleaner fuel and provides the convenience of an automatic.
Available in the RXC trim only, the Renault Duster Petrol Automatic is powered by Renault’s H4K 1.5-litre petrol motor that has been mated to a CVT Gearbox. The 1.5-litre four-cylinder unit produces 106 PS at 5,600 rpm and 142 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The Duster X-Tronic CVT delivers an ARAI certified fuel efficiency of 14.99 kpl. The gearbox offers a selection of drive modes – P(park), R (reverse), N (Neutral), D (Drive)and a 6-speed manual mode.
Visually distinguishing updates to manual transmission petrol variant come in the form of a dual winged front grille while the Renault Duster Petrol Automatic features a new black dual winged front grille. Other styling updates include a dual-tone body coloured front bumper, side decals, tailgate decal and black door side sill. The new ORVMs in black and body colour is available in RXE and RXL trims while it is available in carbon cubic print in RXS trim. The ORVMs with turn indicators are available only on the RXL and RXS trim levels. 16-inch gunmetal finished alloy wheels are standard on the CVT variant.
Inside, the Renault Duster petrol automatic range receives a crimson-black theme with double spacer fabric and cedar wood-black theme with woven and diagonal woven seat fabric for the MT variants. The door trim and grab handle get a strip of silver grey for the MT variants while the CVT gets a sporty red finish. The door handle gets a glossy black finish across all variants.