According to a media report, Renault India has temporarily stopped the production of Renault Duster diesel 85 PS. Renault dealerships are not accepting new bookings for the Duster 85 PS as the supply from the manufacturer is temporarily stopped for the past two months.
Renault Duster made its strong entry in India at a very competitive price. The industry and the consumers appreciated it. The Renault Duster comes with two diesel engine options and one petrol engine. Between these three, the 1.5 Litre four-cylinder diesel motor which produces 84 BHP at 3750 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 1750 rpm. It is paired with a 5-speed manual transmission. This Renault Duster Diesel option is temporarily unavailable. Probably the production will resume once the demand rises.
The petrol 1.5 Litre four-cylinder motor produces 105 BHP at 5600 rpm and 142 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm. It comes with a 5-speed manual transmission and also a 6-step CVT. The more powerful diesel motor is a 1.5 Litre four-cylinder engine which produces 108 BHP at 4000rpm and 245 Nm of torque at 1750 rpm. It comes with a 6-speed manual and an AMT transmission options.
As per the current market demand, Duster petrol and the more powerful Duster diesel are popular choices. Most noteworthy, total sales of Renault Duster is contributed by these two engine options at 70%. The market demand is moving towards petrol engines and even more, the urban users opt for the automatic transmission option. So these are the factors which affect the sales of the Duster diesel 85 PS variant in the current market situation.
Renault Duster vs Competiton:
Renault Duster competes with SUV like Hyundai Creta, Maruti Brezza and Ford Ecosport. Also, the Hyundai Creta and the Ford Ecosport received their mid-life facelifts recently. In contrast to that, the Duster is getting older in the segment. Thus, it is running on big discounts right now. Certainly, it needs a revamp and improve the most complained ergonomics to get its charm back.