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Old 31st July 2012, 16:38   #331
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Saw white Duster RXL on road today.Looks better on road,has presence & cannot be missed or overlooked.
Is there any visible batch or monogram which states 85 or 110ps?
One i have seen didn't have any badge relating to power output.
there is no external badging difference between the 85 and 110 ps , the engine outputs are not mentioned anywhere, the only way i guess to find out if its a 110ps duster from an external view is if its the RXZ model as the RXZ model is not present in 85 ps.
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Saw first Duster on road.. it was parked close to a Wangon R, was able to take photo from rear. Very unusual road presence.
Reminds me of my first impression of the Duster , back in 2010.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...ml#post2177390 (Renault Duster. EDIT : Now confirmed for India!)

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I am surprised though at how diminutive this vehicle actually is. It has a raised stance, sure, but its no larger than an Indigo Marina (I happened to spot them together).
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I am pleased to see that the interiors are now much better than the ones I spotted in a test mule.
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Another black beauty for you.Since you have seen the duster.Are scuff plates in front & rear removable?
Can they be painted to silver?
IMO feel silver plates gives better looks.

Saw white Duster RXL on road today.Looks better on road,has presence & cannot be missed or overlooked.
Is there any visible batch or monogram which states 85 or 110ps?
One i have seen didn't have any badge relating to power output.
From what i have noticed only 110 rxz has those plates. Its silver and bloted to the bumper.It has around 2 to 3mm thickness. Compare both side by side with it and without it, then u can find out how much looks it adds. M class and few other premium softroaders has that. Infact that has a premium look. I enquired if i could get that, but was informed that it does not come as an accessory but as parts. I wonder if that is true. There is nothing visible differentiating 85 and 110. The way i could make out is by seeing two different shapes of gear knob. 85 has the shape of loan's

Hi eveyone,i took delivery of my duster in the evening. At last long wait is over. Very happy.
i was surprised to see that my black colour was showing shades of dark blue under light

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s. Im uploading some pictures, sorry for lack of clarity during night. Will upload better pictures later.

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Hi eveyone,i took delivery of my duster in the evening. At last long wait is over. Very happy.
i was surprised to see that my black colour was showing shades of dark blue under light
Congrats on having first Duster on TBHP.
Be ready to answer the questions of the fellow BHPian's.
Dont forget to post ownership thread.
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I checked with Renault Bangalore dealer and as of now there is no increase in ExShowRoom price. They gave me same price what it was at the time of launch.

I don't think that Renault will be so foolish that even before delivering the vehicle to initial booking custoemr they will increase prices.
I took the matter up with the Renault India customer service. I must say they are quite prompt and followed it up to my satisfaction. Here's what has happened - my Renault dealer is clubbing (mud flaps + mats + handling/freight charges) together with the ex-showroom price and calling THAT SUM the new ex-showroom price! I told them this is not acceptable as this affects everything from insurance to RTO charges to financing. I don't know what's gonna happen to customers who are not diligent about this. But the matter stands resolved for me. I am getting insurance from outside and that is saving me about Rs.10,000 for the base diesel compared to the insurance premium quoted by the dealer.
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Hi eveyone,i took delivery of my duster in the evening. At last long wait is over. Very happy.
i was surprised to see that my black colour was showing shades of dark blue under light. Im uploading some pictures, sorry for lack of clarity during night. Will upload better pictures later.
Congratulations on taking the delivery of your much awaited Black Beauty, didn't expect it to happen so quickly. Those lovely alloys deserve some better quality pictures. Tomorrow in the broad daylight take some good pictures & pamper us with them.

Could not spot the ceremonial garland, knotted ribbon on bonnet. Was that intentional?
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Old 31st July 2012, 21:53   #337
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Hi eveyone,i took delivery of my duster in the evening. At last long wait is over. Very happy.
i was surprised to see that my black colour was showing shades of dark blue under light

s. Im uploading some pictures, sorry for lack of clarity during night. Will upload better pictures later.
Congratulation on becoming the First TBHP Member to get Duster. Waiting for more clear picture of interior and exterior.

Also waiting for your initial ownership review.
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Just an interesting comparo which I noticed.

The 85PS Duster RxL (O) variant costs Rs.10L ex-showroom. The Nissan Sunny with the exact same engine and the fully loaded XV variant costs Rs.9L ex-showroom. Being the fully loaded XV variant, the Sunny has climate control, start/stop button, true remote keyless entry, variable 5 speed intermittent wipers, boot release from key, height adjustable drivers seat and electrically foldable mirrors. These are just the features that the Sunny has over the Duster 85PS RxL (O). It also has way more legroom at the back and a bigger boot.

Since both cars have the same engine this makes it interesting that the sedan version has way more features and is a lakh less.

Now one must ask, is the SUV looks and higher GC worth the extra lakh? If your looking for a car for city use and highway driving with not too much of bad roads, the Sunny makes way more sense than the Duster. You get a much better package in the Sunny for a lot lesser.

The initial hype is really interesting for a compact SUV considering the sedan version is a lakh lesser with a host of extra features. The Sunny is sheer VFM when you look at it.

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I have not overlooked rather it appears you did not read carefully.

My question is if the yearly target is actually 30000 than why do you recommend Renault to stop booking at only 13000 figures?
Your previous post clearly says 3000(three thousand) pls check again. And you go on to write that if the capacity is so less it will take 4 years to complete current order book of 13000 bookings. 4years*3000units=12000.

Hence I pointed out I mentioned 30000(thirty thousand) units as annual capacity not 3000(three thousand)

As for your above question why I recommend Renault to stop bookings for the duster here is my explanation. As Renault has received 13000 bookings in the first month it will be difficult to honour the deliveries in time as the capacity target for a year is 30000units, which means spread over a period of 12 months they will produce 30000units and if they continue with taking bookings the waiting period will extend to 10-12 months as they are only in the first month of launch already saddled with 13000 bookings and inventory will be around only 2500units for a month.
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Wonderful first hand images of your Duster.

How is the feeling being the first TBHP Member getting Duster.

Waiting for your initial ownership review ?

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Hi eveyone,i took delivery of my duster in the evening. At last long wait is over. Very happy.
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i was surprised to see that my black colour was showing shades of dark blue under light
Congratulations DRIVEN-TWEEL! It looks fabulous!

And yes, the daylight pictures do show shades of blue/purple! Interesting.
For a moment, I was wondering if Duster is available in that shade.
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Congratulations DRIVEN-TWEEL.

No pleasure beats the pleasure of being the first one to acquire a desired beauty for a true car lover and I am sure you must be feeling ecstatic.

Continuing the discussion on the car , I went and took TD of both 110 and 85 at 6 pm in the rain and in heavily congested Andheri west road of Mumbai yesterday.
This was my third TD after last two being in early mornings and thus not close to our day to day city driving conditions.

To agree with GTO's initial observations in this review, there IS MAJOR TURBO LAG in 110 PS. If you live in a congested city like Mumbai where bumper to bumper traffic is a norm during peak hours then you are really going to have a tough time , very tough time , especially since the clutch is too hard and gear shift little notchy .

Suspension is superb and only word is awesome. Interiors are practical and acceptable.

There is no sound in the cabin in both 85 and 110 and I tried to really hear hard for any extra sound , did not get any .
So My observation is that sound insulation in both 85 and 110 is superb.

Now to the drive, 85PS is a breeze compared to 110 in traffic and I really did not have to do many gear shifts in the traffic. I did not feel the power surge though and I feel for enthusiasts this might be a little disappointment .

Steering is not super smooth at low speeds and feels flimsy at higher speeds, so a little issue here. But then that's my personal observation.

I went with the cheque book to finalise this as I really have been obssessed with duster since its launch and wanted to sell off my ANHC 2011 asap and get on the wheel of duster .

But after last evening, my obssession has fizzled out , if you drive a petrol( I drive ANHC & Civic and sometimes diesel Logan ) ,you won't like it much . If you drive a honda/toyota /Germans , you wont like the steering and gear shift .

If You drive Bolero, Safari, Scorpio and to some extent XUV ,You may like Duster a lot.

If you are an enthusiast you won't like 85 PS and if you drive to office in a congested metro city , you won't like 110.

Alas ,I am left with my low seating sedan (ANHC) and crawling in and out ( I am 6'2") of it for many more months now.

Ecosport seems to be too small as per the spy pics and far and Safari storme would be an outdated model with similar sad interiors ( again spy pics). So the SUV loving heart of mine shall have to push my brain to find ways to make more moolah and perhaps go for a proper SUV of 20-25 lac in future ( unless and until repeated calls from mahindra dealer can convinve me on betting my luck on XUV ).

But for those who liked Duster on its launch and still do after TD ( cars are always personal choices ). Have a blast friends. Enjoy your drive

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DRIVEN-TWEEL > Wonderful car & nice color there, congrats to be the first proud owner of Duster in our forum.

In your earlier post you have mentioned scuff plates available in the RXZ110 alone can you elaborate on that are you sure all other models don't have the scuff plates? or its available but not painted in chrome color bcz this is what the sales guy told me.

Please put a detailed report about the turbo lag & mileage in the city driving along with your first driving experience. Have you planned for any long trip shortly?

Is there any mental block to drive faster without airbags? Is the driving position satisfactory without the drivers height adjustment? How about reversing the vehicle without sensors do you feel ok? How useful is the sixth gear in city riding? Have you planned any accessory for the drivers armrest? I think i saw one in E bay.

Finally how do you feel in comparison with the Tuscon regarding space, comfort & performance? as i think you are the one who's owning both and it will be apt to compare as they have the same dimension.

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@ driven-tweel & others:

is the front silver skid plate missing in the RxL model?? or is it black in color??

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