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Old 8th October 2020, 11:54   #46
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If we rule out service and resale value doesn't Nissan Kicks gets the same engine with more features and relatively better interiors ?
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If we rule out service and resale value doesn't Nissan Kicks gets the same engine with more features and relatively better interiors ?
Yes, absolutely. For Rs. 13.59 lakhs, the Duster top end RXZ misses a lot of features that the Nissan Kicks XV Pre (priced at 14.15 lakhs) has. The Kicks is also better built, with heavier body panels, superior plastics etc. the Kicks is almost a Duster 1.5 Gen - so extensive were the changes Nissan made to the interiors and the build quality as well as addition of any and all features feasible the platform is able to support.

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Is this a 3 or 4 cylinder engine with direct injection? On the International spec VW Polo 1 Tsi, start stop operation is noticeable.
This is a proper 4 cylinder engine. The 3 cylinder 1 litre version of this will come in the Nissan Magnite, which will be comparable to the Polo 1.0 TSI engine. The 1.3 TcE is actually 1330 cc - Flexible architecture with each cylinder being 333 cc and can we had in 3 or 4 cylinder versions. The 1.33 TCe is co-developed by Mercedes and will also appear in the base version of the upcoming Mercedes Benz GLA. I doubt the engine start/stop will be bothersome in this latest world class engine designed to to be used in hybrid powertrains, where it will be supplemented by a battery and require frequent and rapid start-up/shut-down of the engine to complement battery power.
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While considering a new car I never rejected any model because of interior looks, but have rejected many based on engine, transmission, utility, driving comfort and foremost is reliability.

I have a 2012 model RXL110. Owning Maruti and Toyota models parallelly, issue with Duster is the parts are too costly compared to initial purchase cost and longevity is not great except for engine and gearbox. Still I was considering the AWD Duster as the replacement for my current model since nothing else is available in the market which is matching my taste (Off course Fortuner is out of my reach and Jimny is not available yet). Since AWD is gone from Duster portfolio, Duster is off my list too.
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nothing else is available in the market which is matching my taste (Off course Fortuner is out of my reach and Jimny is not available yet). Since AWD is gone from Duster portfolio, Duster is off my list too.
Just curious, if Jimny is in consideration, why no thoughts given to new Thar? I am also in two minds changing from first gen Duster. That car has spoiled us with brilliant ride and abuse friendly nature. If nothing else, we will look for later model year diesel Duster again.
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Renault calls this 'premium blue glazed' seat upholstery. It is available in the RXZ variant:
One of the big reasons I opted out of this car and gone for Ford Ecosport and later shifted my choice to Marazzo which is again a different short story.
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Nice review - rated 5 stars! I am getting a feeling that this car might suffer the same fate as the Abarth. 90% buyers will look for features and nice interiors and will move elsewhere. Enthusiasts are far too few in number to get the sales going and even for them - the "magic" ride quality is gone, no AWD and the headache of long term reliability issues (I have a 6 year old Duster AWD, and I have got a rich experience)
I am expecting heavy discounts raining in the next 2 years.
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Just curious, if Jimny is in consideration, why no thoughts given to new Thar? I am also in two minds changing from first gen Duster. That car has spoiled us with brilliant ride and abuse friendly nature. If nothing else, we will look for later model year diesel Duster again.
Till now Thar was too crude to be used as a daily driver for normal roads. I haven’t seen the latest model in real. Even if new Thar has improved drastically over previous generation, I still doubt it's my taste. I might consider a Jimny over Thar.

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