Renault India has released details of the upcoming Renault Duster 1.3 turbo petrol which is coming to dealerships shortly. The all-new engine was one of the highlights of Renault’s pavilion at this year’s Auto Expo, replacing the 1.5-liter diesel engine as part of the petrol-only strategy for India. This is the same engine recently unveiled at Nissan Kicks and it promises to be rich. In fact, the new Renault Duster 1.3 Turbo petrol engine will be the most powerful offering in its class compared to such models as the Kia Seltos and Hyundai Creta, which use the 1.0-liter T-GDi engine.
The 1.3L petrol engine comes with a turbocharger, direct injection, and dual variable valve timing. At the show, Renault confirmed the specifications of the engine, which was tuned to carry 153 hp and 250 Nm of torque. Note that the Nissan Kicks get 153 hp and 254 Nm of maximum torque. The manufacturer has also confirmed that the new engine will be paired with a 6-speed manual transmission and a CVT X-Tronic automatic transmission.
The Renault Duster will feature a new turbo petrol engine in the mid and top trim, while the lower variants will continue to use the 1.5-liter petrol engine that has been upgraded to meet BS6 emission standards and produces 104 hp. and 142 Nm of maximum torque. The engine is connected only to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The new turbocharged mill produces more power than the previous 1.5-liter diesel engine, which produced 108 hp and 248 Nm.
With the exception of the new engine, the Renault Duster 1.3 will not receive major changes in terms of design or features. Don’t expect to see red accents on the grille and tailgate to indicate the turbocharged version of the standard trim. You can also see the red interior on the seat upholstery and dash. The list of features will remain the same and will include a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; Automatic climate control, illuminated/cooled glove box, and more. The SUV also comes with dual airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, seatbelt reminders, and speed alert as standard. Prices for the Duster 1.3 Turbo are expected to start around ₹ 10 lakh (ex-showroom)