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Old 11th March 2012, 00:13   #256
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Thanks! But then why is the Duster being tested for so long? Not sure of other brands because I have never really followed any of the new launches so very closely.
I guess the first test mule of Duster was caught just 3-4 months before. From the reports, the interior will be spruced up for India than the abroad versions. Not sure what other changes are getting in. To me, 6 months looks to be a decent time frame for a launch from spotting the test mules. But if they discover some serious issues during the testing, they may extend it as well. Duster anyway is scheduled for a May launch I guess - so don't think they are running late on schedule.
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Spoke to the dealer yesterday. He said,they would start the publicity and booking in April and the delivery is expected in June. The price would be less than 10 Lakh. I feel,the dealers are unaware of the facts,and just mention such things to keep the interest going in the vehicle. When the car is actually launched,there are many who are going to be disappointed.
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Duster had already been caught testing in Chennai earlier. This is not the first instance.

Renault Duster caught testing in Chennai, India
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... unfortunately there is no 4x4 here which indeed was important from my perspective...
Is it confirmed that there is no 4x4?
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From all indications yes - initially it will be only available in 4x2 to meet the price and requirement target as per their reading of the Indian market.

Perhaps later they might introduce a higher spec vehicle which might incorporate 4x4 as well.

This is why, since I was keen for a change, I went for the Yeti.

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Is it confirmed that there is no 4x4?
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From all indications yes - initially it will be only available in 4x2 to meet the price and requirement target as per their reading of the Indian market.
Perhaps later they might introduce a higher spec vehicle which might incorporate 4x4 as well.
This is why, since I was keen for a change, I went for the Yeti.
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Great going Shankar.

TD's the Fortuner & the Endeavour over the weekend however both rejected by the family.

Fortuner is too bland for the price it commands & Endeavour is way too huge and may have issues in parking at my place (which is already overflowing)

So it is now between the Duster & the XUV, though the family is partial to the XUV
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So it is now between the Duster & the XUV, though the family is partial to the XUV
I guess even with the launch of Duster, your family might be partial to XUV. Just look at the various features the XUV catalogue contains. As against that, the Duster would come across as Plain Jane.

Duster would rule purely on the basis of better driving capabilities and traditional SUV looks. XUV has a more premium feel to it and would interest buyers in a different bracket.
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Just look at the various features the XUV catalogue contains. As against that, the Duster would come across as Plain Jane.
We still don't have the full feature & spec list for Duster, so hold your horses, might be in for a surprise.
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We still don't have the full feature & spec list for Duster, so hold your horses, might be in for a surprise.
Addition to that, the quality comes to the consideration. Hope XUV is not filled with Chinese kind of Gadget

Giving feature is not a big deal rather we should consider the usability and reliability of the feature. Else the same feature can burn your pocket.

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I guess even with the launch of Duster, your family might be partial to XUV. Just look at the various features the XUV catalogue contains. As against that, the Duster would come across as Plain Jane.

Duster would rule purely on the basis of better driving capabilities and traditional SUV looks. XUV has a more premium feel to it and would interest buyers in a different bracket.
Completely agreed with you. I had held up just on account of the niggles in the XUV5OO, I even had an offer from a friend who had a booking in the first lot to take it over.

I might as well try my luck in the next lot which should be hopefully better.
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I might as well try my luck in the next lot which should be hopefully better.
Sorry for the off-topic.
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If you were looking at Fortuner/Endy, why not the Koleos and Captiva?
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We still don't have the full feature & spec list for Duster, so hold your horses, might be in for a surprise.
We already have the specs available on Internet. Duster is already being sold under Dacia/ Renault badge in many countries and I doubt that even if they go for a major specs revamp (but why would they and why should they?), it would beat XUV500 on that front.

See, I will never buy XUV500 because it is too-much-of-a-vehicle-and-electronics (if there is such a thing) and I am myself keenly awaiting launch of Duster. However, I will totally understand why someone wouldn't buy Duster.
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See, I will never buy XUV500 because it is too-much-of-a-vehicle-and-electronics (if there is such a thing) and I am myself keenly awaiting launch of Duster. However, I will totally understand why someone wouldn't buy Duster.
+1. IMO too many gadgets is not always a good thing. I am ok if the duster is equiped with minimal gadgets but offer safety features, solid build and reliability.
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Sorry for the off-topic.
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If you were looking at Fortuner/Endy, why not the Koleos and Captiva?
Given the price Koleos looks puny when compared to the Endeavour / Fortuner.

Captiva no, because I do not want to go for a crossover.

I may look at the just launched Pajero Sport, the only downside I see is that it would be a CKD for now and Mitshubishi is notorious for taking ages to have the parts shipped from Japan.
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Captiva no, because I do not want to go for a crossover.
Duster and XUV are crossovers
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