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Old 16th August 2014, 10:35   #121
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Was it a 108 BHP variant or a 85 BHP variant?

Its the 110 version. (The ACI report says 108). But what got me, was the fact that the clutch is lighter than the 2WD version!

http://www.autocarindia.com/auto-rev...-389891,0.aspx
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Don't forget Grand Vitara, CR-V and Outlander.
I was talking about sub 10L segment, sorry didn't mention that. Btw, isn't Grand Vitara about to be discontinued (if not already)?!
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It the duster available with a 2.0 litre engine also outside india? I think I saw the batching of 2.0 in the first video posted by Vid?
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  1. Light clutch compared to the 2WD version
  2. Very low first gear, almost working as low range
  3. Tweaked ICU which delivers better low end
  4. New instrument cluster
  5. Audio controls on the steering wheel (not behind)
  6. Cruise control
  7. Black-gray interiors
  8. ESP and Hill start
Guna,

Thanks for the summary. Can you please share the sources?
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I asked my good friend and fellow BHPian Johy to call up Siliguri's sales outlet to know about the expected launch date. They are guessing 3+ months for the launch.
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Guna,

Thanks for the summary. Can you please share the sources?
ACI report: http://www.autocarindia.com/auto-rev...ve-389891.aspx

ZigWheels : http://www.zigwheels.com/reviews-adv...-review/19413/

NDTV: http://auto.ndtv.com/reviews/2014-re...-review-642728
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I just got back from Renault Noida. The Sales team over there had no idea about the impending launch. What they showed me was the new adventure version which is like a after market job.

The top end 110 PP version costs roughly 13.2 Lakhs on road in Noida. With the AWD version I expect the price to be in the 14-15 L range. Not a VFM product. Makes the Storme VX 4X4 look like a steal ( what with all the discounts on offer).

I would be more comfortable with a price of Rs 11.5 on road. Till then the SX4 will continue to hold sway in my garage.
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The top end 110 PP version costs roughly 13.2 Lakhs on road in Noida. With the AWD version I expect the price to be in the 14-15 L range. Not a VFM product. Makes the Storme VX 4X4 look like a steal ( what with all the discounts on offer).
If you the pictures online, there are two versions, the RXZ and RXL which comes with standard system and steel wheels. This version maybe around 12.5 on the road. It is expensive, no doubht, but it is the only compact SUV available at this price. The VX 4x4 is more than 16 lakhs on the road. The discount is an eye was as it is mostly on three years of inflated insurance. If you get the same insurance quote outside, it will be about 60% of the what tata claims to be paying for you.

Either way, if you are okay with a big SUV, then better to go for Storme, 4x4, but for someone like me who already has a Endeavour 4x4, and need something smaller in addition, then only the Duster 4x4 and Yeti 4x4 are there.
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The version we drive were 110PS ones.
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If only they had launched this 4WD Duster in 2011, when I was in the market and if it had had all the safety bells and whistles in it, then I would not have bought the Yeti.

The Duster inherently being a less expensive vehicle and which somehow "feels" tougher than the Yeti, I would have definitely been more amenable to "beat it about" a bit unlike my Yeti whom I ve been treating with kid gloves ever since I bought it...

As it stands I welcome this 4x4 Duster which I think will change the way many of us view motoring.

I do wish that they could have offered the full safety trim as an option at least, to those who may be willing to pay for it. Having 2 airbags is no longer sufficient. At least 6 or even 8 are necessary these days.

I wish also that they had offered an AT version and one which comes with more de-luxe interiors as well.

But it is overall a great launch for Renault and I think it is Renault's legendary suspension and ride quality that continues to make this vehicle a real winner.
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If wishes were horses.

My impression of the package. Excellent on road handling with right mix of gear ratios. Power band spread from about 1500 to 4500rpm. MRF Wanderers offered lots of grip.

Two of us raced up and down Lavasa Temghar road in rain (early morning no traffic but still a stupid thing to do). Surprised at how effortlessly gears changes carry acceleration through. Precise steering response again was allowing us to take racing lines.

Off road abilities I have already mentioned.

No climate control.....and such small things are but irritating in this day.
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Power band spread from about 1500 to 4500rpm. MRF Wanderers offered lots of grip.
This is just too good! I thought the power on 110 started beyond 1800/2000 RPM. If it starts from 1500, then I dont see a need for 85 (which I got for the same reason)!

Have they changed engine parameters?
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If only they had launched this 4WD Duster in 2011, when I was in the market and if it had had all the safety bells and whistles in it, then I would not have bought the Yeti.
A distinguished BHPian and a Yeti owner. I'm sure its the Elegance you have. For people like me who've been waiting eagerly for the new Yeti, your opinion will really matter. Would you please tell us why we should still buy the Yeti over the Duster AWD. Lower ground clearance, extra money notwithstanding.
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A distinguished BHPian and a Yeti owner. I'm sure its the Elegance you have. For people like me who've been waiting eagerly for the new Yeti, your opinion will really matter. Would you please tell us why we should still buy the Yeti over the Duster AWD. Lower ground clearance, extra money notwithstanding.
I too have the Elegance, so if you don't mind me chipping in for a bit.

Remember, at the end of the day, you get what you pay for. In Yeti, you pay for better dynamics, better quality overall, much more safety (safety gadgets as well as airbags). It is faster and more sure footed. Better sound system, you can modify it better, isn't common. There are many reasons. 140bhp mated to a slick shifting gearbox is an amazing combination.

For best reference, test drive both on the very same day. You would notice it.

I think, Duster's underpinnings allow it to be abused more than the Yeti.

But, it is a Skoda. Reasons enough to look elsewhere.
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I too have the Elegance, so if you don't mind me chipping in for a bit.

Remember, at the end of the day, you get what you pay for. In Yeti, you pay for better dynamics, better quality overall, much more safety (safety gadgets as well as airbags). It is faster and more sure footed. Better sound system, you can modify it better, isn't common. There are many reasons. 140bhp mated to a slick shifting gearbox is an amazing combination.

For best reference, test drive both on the very same day. You would notice it.

I think, Duster's underpinnings allow it to be abused more than the Yeti.

But, it is a Skoda. Reasons enough to look elsewhere.
I was referring to you only when i said distinguished BHPian and Yeti owner. And your chipping in is what i really wanted. Thanks for your valuable opinion. It'll certainly help a lot of people.
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