Since ages, India has been receiving cars from UK manufacturers (MINI, Rolls-Royce, Jaguar Land Rover, Bentley, etc) and it’s now time to return the favour. Renault has commenced exports of the Duster compact SUV to the UK markets. This entry level vehicle is manufactured at Renault-Nissan’s India facility in Chennai. The Duster is badged as a Dacia for the UK and is very similar to the one sold in India. The Duster is a massive hit in India, selling more than 5,000 units per month, which is more than 6 times that of the second best selling car (Scala, which is a re-badged Nissan Sunny) in Renault India’s portfolio.
The UK spec Dacia Duster is offered with a 1.6-liter gasoline engine which produces 105 HP of power (148 Nm) and uses a front-wheel drive layout. There is only one gasoline version on offer, which is the entry level, bare basic model. The diesel Duster is powered by a 1.5-liter dCi engine which belts out 110 HP of power (240 Nm). There are 4 variants offered in the UK market in two trim levels. The diesel powered Duster is offered in both 4×2 and 4×4 options. Currently Renault doesn’t offer the 4×4 variant of the Duster in India and plans to launch it to counter the upcoming Ford EcoSport. The Dacia Duster is priced between £8,995 and £14,995.
Faisal Ali Khan is the editor of MotorBeam.com, a website covering the automobile industry of India.