French carmaker Renault has advanced the launch of its compact SUV Duster to July and had already notched up 1,000 bookings for the vehicle, so far.
The first real compact SUV from any global automaker to hit the Indian market, Duster is expected to be priced aggressively at Rs 7 lakh for petrol option while the multi-variant diesel would start at Rs 8 lakh and would cost Rs 12 lakh for the fully loaded vehicle.
The 4.3-metre Duster is one of the most awaited cars and will be packed with all features of a full sized SUV, but will be available at the price of a basic sedan.
Renault's products to date like the Pulse hatchback, Fluence sedan, and Koleos SUV has received lukewarm response from Indian customers as it still fights the legacy of the beaten Logan brand.
It has advanced the launch from the auspicious festive period in September-October and plans to bring multiple variants to cater to diverse needs of the Indian market. Renault has confirmed that the launch is pretty close and Duster would be a game changer for the French automaker, especially with its 5-seater compact SUV offering.
"Duster would be the most aggressive product from our stable, so far. We are close to finalising the details and introduce it at a very aggressive price. It will have multiple choices with the top-end model having dual airbags, leather upholstery, 16-inch alloy wheels and ABS
with brake assist," said Renualt India spokesperson Rajiv Mitra. Renault's Duster to debut in July; price starting from Rs 7 lakh - The Economic Times