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Renault Duster has won heart of Indian SUV lovers , prime factor being price at which it was offered created a all new segment for low cost SUVs. We all love the Renault Duster facelift for various reasons most which seem to be along the lines of it being a small vehicle made to look much bigger than its size. Developed and designed by Renault’s Romanian subsidiary, Dacia, its arrival heralded a new chapter in the pages of Renault India’s history as it set the charts on fire every month since its launch in July 2012. However, despite the good combinations that it offered, the Duster was no match for the Ford EcoSport which was launched earlier this year and ultimately started dropping off in terms of numbers. With so much to lose, it is now likely that Renault will bring the facelifted version to India sooner than expected. It was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show and features a host of cosmetic changes and a new petrol engine option.

The facelifted Renault Duster gets a redone fascia in the form of a new grille, revised headlamp design as well as a new design for the air intake in front. It also gets new front and rear scuff plates, revised tail lamp assembly and 16-inch wheels. However, the overall design of the crossover has not been tampered with as it still retains its squat stance and model-defining flared wheel arches. The rear too remains the same as the current vehicle but now the exhaust pipe has been integrated into the rear diffuser assembly. However, one noticeable change to the Duster is the modified roof rails to increase the amount of support it can provide. For further personalisation, Renault may also offer the adventure exterior design pack which includes a bulbar, satin chrome strips and door sill guard protectors.

                             Duster facelift Rear View

Interior and features
The Renault Duster facelift carries over most of the interiors from the current vehicle but what’s new is the instrument cluster, seat upholstery options and power window switches. The European spec car also gets a fire extinguisher, security system and snow chains. India would be getting only the fire extinguisher. The rear seats are likely to remain unchanged as will the boot area. Renault currently offers a navigation pack with the Duster and we expect that this will become a standard feature on the RXZ diesel variant.

Variants and engine line-up
The Renault Duster is currently offered in seven diesel and two petrol variants. We expect that once the Media-NAV system is integrated into the car as a standard feature, Renault will do away with the RxZ and RxL optional variants.

                               Honda Amaze

The engine line-up stays the same as before; a 1.5-litre diesel and a 1.6-litre petrol. The diesel is available in two configurations 84bhp+200Nm and 110bhp+240Nm, while the petrol engine produces 102bhp and 145Nm of torque. The 84bhp diesel and the petrol engine have been mated to a five-speed manual while the 110bhp diesel has been mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.

                                 Duster Facelift Boot Space

However, Renault’s new weapon is the 1.2-litre TCe petrol engine that produces 123.3bhp and 204Nm of torque. Power is transmitted to the front wheels or all four wheels via a six-speed manual and in the case of the latter a four-wheel-drive system. It is their answer to Ford’s Ecoboost engine and will most certainly be launched here in the front-wheel-drive guise.

                                Duster Facelift Rear Parcel Tray

When do we get it and what will it cost?
It is likely that Renault will showcase the facelifted Duster at the 2014 Auto Expo and will launch it a few months later. The price is expected to be Rs 20,000 more than the equivalent current variants of the present vehicle.

                                 Duster Facelift left rear three quarter

The facelifted Renault Duster, when launched here, will compete with the Ford EcoSport, Nissan Terrano and the Mahindra XUV500 W4 variant.


                                                 RENAULT PULSE

Renault now plans to launch a new small car, which will be based on the Micra platform.

The new Renault small car will be based on the Micra platform and so the car will have the same underpinnings which is basically struts for the front and torsion beam at the rear. The Renault small car will be more aggressive in terms of styling when compared to the Nissan Micra.


The new Renault small car, will be powered by the same three pot 1.2-litre petrol engine which does duty on the Nissan Micra. Even though, this engine has three cylinders, the NVH levels are low especially while idling – which is generally the issue with most of the three cylinder engines as the vibration levels are higher due to balance issues. These new engine blocks are now machined by a method called bore circularity which has helped reduce friction by 20% if compared to a conventional four-cylinder engine. This helps to increase the power output, fuel efficiency and even the life of the engine; which in short makes the engine rev freely while making it quicker and reliable too.

The Renault small car is built with the qualities of the Nissan Micra. The feature will feature most of the features of a premium hatchback. This should include safety features like airbags and other important features which are included in most of the premium hatchbacks.


The new Renault small car will compete with the Maruti Suzuki Swift, Rtiz; Hyundai i20, Skoda Fabia, Fiat Grande Punto, Volkswagen Polo, Chevrolet Beat, Ford Figo and its sibling Nissan Micra.


The new Renault small car will priced a notch higher than the Nissan Micra, and Renault is trying to establish itself as a premium brand in India. So, the start will be a bit difficult for the French manufacturer, and it will boil down to the build quality and service network which Renault will provide to its customers.

Specs (Speculated)

Engine: 1.2-litre, three cylinder petrol engine
Power: 75bhp


The Renault Pulse Specifications can be expected to come in 1.2L petrol engine and 1.5L diesel engine in three trim options and will be looking to target the B segment. The ground clearance of the car is 120 mm.Renault Pulse is easily expected to take in up to five occupants. The Renault Pulse specifications of the car reveal that it will be a premium hatchback segment car. The car is also expected to be huge on space and interior space with equally grandeur looks. The Renault Pulse Specifications with regard to the size of the car are it has a head space of 1031 mm and a width of 1365 mm. The total length of Renault Pulse cabin will be 1908 mm.Renault Pulse Photos

Renault Pulse photos of the Exteriors reveal that the hatchback car is quite lengthy and even matches close to an MPV. The Renault Pulse India car is still a hatchback at heart and is very easy to handle, easy to park and easy to ride even in the city streets. The front has a large L shaped flood lamps and body color bumper. They are placed in such a way that the entire front of the car, the headlights all seems to give a standing ovation to the stunning Renault logo placed at the centre. Then there is the grille which is not the usual chrome for a change.Renault Pulse Photos of the interiors show that the car is a premium segment car with equally premium looks and makes the car stand out from the rest of the pack. The Renault Pulse insides are expected to be spacey and full of style. The car will also be huge on the comfort factor with enough space for the head, leg and front drive visibility.The insides of the Renault Pulse India will be made in such a way that the car is not only comfortable but also useful for the occupants with options for storage space. The twin storage pockets at the front and on the rear are huge enough to sustain your CD, DVD and other entertainment package. The Renault Pulse will also be accompanied by a dashboard and overhead storage along with front seat drawers. The drive control is equipped with cruise and speed limiter options.

Renault Pulse Ex-showroom Price: The Renault Pulse Price for the petrol variant can be expected to be priced around Rs. 5, 00,000. The Renault Pulse price for the diesel model will be a little higher on the range of Rs. 6, 00,000. However the diesel is also going to be more powerful with its 1461cc and 4 cylinders compared to the 1198cc and 3 cylinders of the gasoline variant.Renault Pulse On road Price will be inclusive of the Vehicle price, Road tax, Insurance and registration fees can further increase the cost up to 10% extra. If you want additional accessories you shall have to pay extra amount for the same.


                                                         RENAULT B58


                                                                               French carmaker Renault is playing on the front foot in India. After the end of its joint venture with SUV maker Mahindra and the successful launch of Mahindra Logan (now called as Mahindra Verito), Renault had chalked out an aggressive strategy for India. In an effort to establish its own identity in the country, the French auto biggie came with Renault Fluence and then with an SUV – Renault Koleos. In all probability a car based on the Renault B58 will arrive as the third car offering in India out of the five cars that the car maker hopes to launch in the next one year. Renault B58 is basically a small hatchback car concept. It is expected to be unveiled somewhere in the month of October.

                                                            Spy shots of a car based on B58 concept taken near Renault’s manufacturing plant in Chennai reveals that it will be a small car and it is expected that it will be unveiled during the Indian Formula 1 GP in Greater Noida.

                                                                     As per recent revelations, the Renault B58 is based on the V platform of Nissan cars. The B58 is also expected to share some features with Nissan Micra. It is expected that B58 will have the same engine configuration as that of Micra. The small hatchback will have 1.2L three cylinder 75 bhp petrol engine and 1.5L K9K diesel motor under its hood. Both the diesel and the petrol powered B58 are expected to be manufactured at the Renault – Nissan co-owned plant at Chennai.  Once the Renault N58 is in, it will take Maruti, Hyundai and Tata head on and will further intensify the already competitive hatchback market as well.

                                                                                                           Despite the fact that it will share the same platform with Nissan Micra, Renault B58 hopes to have its own identity and a typical French automaker’s styling. The new hatchback by Nissan will have new bumpers and front grille besides unique body panels and roof. Furthermore, B58 is also expected to inherit the interiors from its sibling Micra. The HVAC controls and the dash in addition to an array of other interior features and styling are expected to be carried forward to B58 from the bubble shaped car.

                                                                                                           The concept is reported to have neared its completion and will soon hit production at the Renault’s Chennai facility. More details will be made available once there are official revelations by Renault.

Renault B58 price

Ex-showroom Price

Renault B58 PhotoRenault B58 (Launching Soon)  Manual, Petrol, 15.0 – 20.0 kmpl Rs. 1,50,000*


                                   RENAULT SANDERO


                                Auto major Renault planning to launch its new hatchback Renault Sandero in India by 2011,  as a joint venture with Mahindra under the name Mahindra Renault. Mahindra Renault Sandero will be available in both petrol as well as diesel engine option. The petrol engine is likely to about 1200cc capacity and diesel engine is around 1500cc capacity. Mahindra Renault will use their Nashik based manufacturing plant to assemble the vehicles.

Mahindra Renault Sandero Description :

                                     Mahindra Renault is a five-door, premium hatchback model and is much spacious in comparison to other cars in its segment. It is 4.02 meter long in length and has the boot space of 320 litres. The rear doors of Mahindra Renault Sandero opens up to an angle of 67°. The Mahindra Renault Sandero will be equipped with the safety features like ABS with EBD, and with an array of airbags that includes dual front and side and curtain airbags, and seat belt alarm.

                               In the current market scenario, the Mahindra Renault Sandero would be able to satisfy the needs of both auto manufacturers Renault and Mahindra perfectly. It would give an entry to Renault in the Indian small car market and for Mahindra too. Previously, the Mahindra Renault Sandero was planned to be manufactured in Renault-Nissan’s new manufacturing plant near Chennai, but due to the current slowdown in the market, company decided to manufacture Mahindra Renault Sandero at the Nashik based manufacturing plant. Since the Mahindra Renault Sandero is built on Mahindra Renault Logan platform so it would be easy to assemble the car at Nashik manufacturing plant.

Mahindra Renault Sandero Pictures

Mahindra Renault Sandero Price

Rs 4,00,000*

Renault Sandero Summary

Name: Sandero
Model: 1.5
Car Body Type: Hatchback
Segment: B+ Segment

Renault Sandero Engine And Transmission

Displacement: 1461 cc, 4 cyl, 8 Valve
Engine Type: Diesel
Maximum Power: 75 bhp @ 5500 rpm
Maximum Torque: 160 Nm @ 3000 rpm
Gears: 5 Manual

Renault Sandero Dimensions

Length: 3474 mm
Headroom: 878.00 mm
Seating Capacity: 5
Turning Circle: 5.25 mtrs.
Boot Space: 320.00 ltrs.
Steering: Power
Brakes: Front Disk, Rear Drum
Ground Clearance: 172.00 mm
Kerb Weight: 980.00 kgs.
Fuel Tank: 50.00
Trip Meter: 2
Airbag: 2


                                                    RENAULT FLUENCE


                                      The Renault Fluence Sedan is French Automaker Renault’s first Indian foray, leaving aside the not-so-happy marriage with the Mahindras spawing the Logan. Primed for a comeback after establishing it’s very own manufacturing facility off Chennai, Renault will launch the Fluence Sedan to take on the likes of the Chevrolet Cruze and the Honda Civic, sometime in the first half of 2011.
                      The Fluence Sedan, whose good looks would be a talking as well as a selling point, brings some refreshing change to the D segment, which hasn’t seen too many ravishing cars, barring the Chevrolet Cruze, being launched recently. Moving ahead, the Fluence Sedan will come in both petrol and diesel variants with a 2.0-liter petrol making 140 Bhp while the1.5 dCi diesel block will be tuned to deliver 105hp.
      We’d love some more poke from the diesel engine even though the DCi engine is well known for it’s very  linear power delivery and ultra frugal ways. The engines will be mated to either manual or automatic transmission and other safety and convenience features are expected to be at par with the competition. Expect the elegant looking Fluence Sedan to be priced at INR 13-14 Lakhs.

         The Renault Fluence will be available in variety of petrol and diesel engine options. The petrol engine Renault Fluence will have two variants namely Renault Fluence 1.6 16 V 110 hp and Renault Fluence 2.0 16V 140 hp while the diesel engine will have 5 such variants 1.5 dCi 85, 1.5 dCi 90 DPF, 1.5 dCi 105, 1.5 dCi 110 DPF and 1.5 dCi 110 DPF. Renault Fluence hasn’t disclosed the gear box type as it will be changed according to the market demands during its release


Model: Diesel
Car Body Type: Sedan
Segment: D+ Segment

Displacement: 1500cc, Diesel
Engine Type: Diesel
Maximum Power: 105 Bhp

Seating Capacity: 5
Steering: Tilt
Brakes: Front Disk, Rear Disk
Gears: 5 Manual

Airbags: 4
Parking Sensors: Yes
Fog Lamp: Yes
EBD: Yes
ABS: Yes
ESP: Yes
Rear Seat Belts: 3


                                                  THE RENAULT DUSTER 

 The auto manufacturer in India is all set to launch its suv. The ‘RENAULT DUSTER’ in India.The Duster is offered with two-wheel or four-wheel drive. The 4×4 variants make use of Nissan‘s all-wheel drive system which allows the driver to choose from three different driving modes: Auto, in which the front/rear torque split is calculated automatically as a function of available grip, Lock, whereby 50 per cent of torque is consistently fed through the rear axle, and 4×2 where the transmission is locked into two-wheel drive for maximum fuel efficiency.

                                The Duster will be made available in the 1.6 petrol or the 1.5 diesel. The 1.6 L petrol version is said to churn out 105 bhp while the 1.5 L is tuned to produce either 85 or 110 bhp. The Duster is long and wide as well and is a bit smaller than the Mahindra Scorpio. The optimum capacity of the car is five healthy adults.
                    The Duster is likely to face competition from all the SUV’s in India. What will be of utmost importance though is the drivability of the car, the way the car handles on Indian roads. Renault will be the new player in the changing Indian Car Market scene. Though the company has witnessed and understand what the Indian Crowd admires most, their first sole output will face competition against their earlier collaborators Mahindra. 
Like all the vehicles based on the B0/Logan platform, Dacia Duster has been engineered to deliver the hallmark strength and reliability motorists have come to expect of the brand.
Particular attention has been paid to anti-corrosion protection thanks to several precautions:

* wax-injected underbody and opening panel hollow sections,
* mastic sealing of exterior joints,
* additional wax treatment of underbody mechanical components,
* stone-chip protection for underbody, sills and wheel arches.

Similar care has been paid to the electrics and electronics, with an installation already seen on several Renault models.

                                           Dacia Duster benefits from Renault’s acclaimed expertise in the area of safety. The news 4×4 features Bosch 8.1 ABS, as well as EBV electronic brakeforce distribution and emergency brake assist. On the passive safety front, Dacia Duster comes as standard with two front airbags (depending on market) and three-point seat belts with load limiters for the front seats. Depending on version, two lateral head/thorax airbags are fitted in addition to the driver and passenger front airbags to provide additional protection in the case of side impact. Pyrotechnic pretensioners for the front seats (depending on version) complete Dacia Duster’s retention system. In addition to holding the thorax firmly in place, they limit forward body movement in the case of a frontal impact by tightening the belt around the thorax and the lap.

Renault Dacia Duster SUV Specifications In India

Engine Location
Drive Type
Front Wheel (standard), 4WD
2557 lbs | 1159.836 kg


1600 cc | 97.6 cu in. | 1.6 L.
16 valves.
4 valves per cylinder.
85 BHP (62.56 KW)
HP to Weight Ratio
30.1 LB / HP
HP / Liter
53.1 BHP / Liter
Fuel Type
Fuel Feed
Fuel Injected

Standard Transmission


Optional Transmission



Seating Capacity
169.9 in | 4315 mm.
71.7 in | 1821 mm.
64.2 in | 1631 mm.
105.2 in | 2672 mm.
Front Track
61.4 in | 1560 mm.
Rear Track
61.7 in | 1567 mm.
Front Overhang
32.4 in | 822 mm.
Rear Overhang
8.1 in | 205 mm.
Rear Legroom
7.2 in | 183 mm.
Front Shoulder Room
0.0 in | 0 mm.
Rear Shoulder Room
55.1 in | 1400 mm.

                                    We need to wait till the official price detailed are out but expectedly it will fall in the price bracket of Rs.8 to Rs.12 Lakh.


                                     THE RENAULT KOLEOS
                                                The Renault Koleos in India would be based on the same platform as the Nissan X-trail as also the upcoming Renault Fluence. The looks of this so called SUV would be on the same lines as the Porsche cars. Sharp looking nose coupled with a slot provided for the Renault badge is something which not many designers think of. The head lamp design though is a bit quirky and as are the air intakes. In a very circular insert lies the deeply embedded fog lamps. The aluminum skid plate covering the front bumper is made of high quality material. Unlike other SUVs, this one doesn’t have a sloping bonnet. Wonder where pedestrian safety went to? The wing mirrors are body colored and there are silver roof rails adorning the roof. The 16 inch alloy wheels don’t boast of any significant design which would turn head neither do the tail lamps. In profile actually this SUV looks very much like the Chevy Captiva. The rear skid plates also mirror the front ones. The slopping roof line for the rear windscreen glass gets a single wiper for company.
                                                            Moving onto the interiors, they look similar to the Fluence. Though the upper part of the dash feels a bit plasticky, it is well put together. Like the Ford Fiesta, the AC vents with chrome surrounds close fully and this would help the Koleos to cope up with the Indian weather well. The 3 spoke steering wheel has got scroll controls on it which handle the music system and also the cruise control system. It is said that the Indian spec would get Bluetooth enabled audio system with additional controls on the steering wheel. The instrument cluster seems a bit boring to look at though. The steering is tilt adjustable as also for rake and reach. Due to this very same nature, entry into the front seats isn’t restricted and would fit most sizes. The rear seats have enough leg and head room to cater to most sizes. Moreover, the very fact that there is an electrically releasable split tail gate for the 440 liters boot space implies the usability of the Koleos as a day to day transport vehicle. There are many creature comforts inside the cabin with climate control, navigation system, front and rear parking sensors as also a 8 speaker music system with AUX and USB input taking center stage. There are many storage spaces as also cup holders. The design of the cup holders however does remind one of the Renault Logan in India. The quality of materials used however cannot be doubted even though this smart SUV is made in Korea. Yes, this vehicle is made in Korea to keep the costs down however don’t expect Korean cheapness in the use of materials. They are made to Renault’s strict quality specifications.
                                                                          Since the Renault Koleos in India would essentially be the same vehicle which is made for the European market, it is highly likely that it would have the same suspension setup as in Europe. The ground clearance is generous at 207 mm and the suspension setup is on the softer side. This would translate into the Renault Koleos being more reluctant to turn into corners and even if it does, would induce noticeable body roll. Steering feel is also said to be of the vague nature with it being ultra light on city speeds and not weighing up sufficiently for some highway action. NVH is also said to be on the higher side and the Chevy Captiva would easily win this bout if the NVH comes into play. However the thing of noticeable concern is that the Renault Koleos would have a velvety ride quality. Be it whichever speed, the car is said to remain perfectly stable and also devour potholes the way a glutton would eat cheese balls. This car comes in 4×4 configuration and this makes it an off roader. However like the Honda CR-V, even this one has on demand 4 wheel drive which means that this vehicle is essentially a front wheel drive car but the 4×4 option kicks in when it detects wheel slippage. Like in the Skoda Yeti, there is also a hill ascent and descent control switch which when activated allows the car to negotiate ascents or descents without the driver using the accelerator or the brakes. The 4×4 part has been designed by Nissan since they have more experience than the Renault in this field. Chances are that Renault would also be providing a 2 wheel drive option only for the Koleos and this for those people who wouldn’t be using the 4×4 option much. Cost effective proposition then.
                                                      Coming to the engine part, the Renault Koleos in India would sport two engine options. One diesel and one petrol. Our sources however are skeptical of the petrol motor making it to India. If its shared with the Fluence then there are chances that it would make it into India. It is a 2.5 liter petrol motor and which is supposed to make 170 Bhp of power and 226 Nm of torque. It will get a 6 speed manual as also an auto transmission. The other and the most important engine for the Indian market would be the 2.0 liter diesel engine which is also present in the Indian Nissan X-Trail. This engine would be making 175 Bhp of power and a good 340 Nm of torque. It will also get the same transmission options as the petrol variant. The Renault crossover is no slouch when it comes to the performance stakes and it will match the Skoda Yeti’s performance if not better. The gearbox is said to be rubbery in its operation. Top speed would be restricted to just above 200 kmph.
                                                                      Safety features would be taken care of with 6 airbags, ABS, EBD and also tyre pressure monitoring system, reverse parking sensors and finally collapsible steering column. The fuel efficiency is something which Renault would have to get right and if the fuel efficiency of the Nissan X-Trail is anything to go by, then the Koleos would be a sure shot winner for Renault in India.
                                                            However all would depend on the brand image that Renault manages to build for itself in India. For this very reason, the company has decided to debut with the Fluence saloon. The Renault Koleos would be available in only two trim levels and it is hoped that Renault would price this SUV in the correct price bracket. The expected Renault Koleos price in India would hover between the Rs 16-18 lakhs mark. If this is the case, then Renault would definitely have their hands full with too many of the wealthy boffins going in for this SUV.
Renault Koleos bodywork
4/5S SUV
Saloon (Sedan)
Fixed-head coupé
Drop-head coupé (Convertible)
Estate (Station Wagon)
Number of doors
Renault Koleos dimensions & weight
2690 mm
1545 mm
1550 mm
4520 mm
1855 mm
1695 mm
Length:wheelbase ratio
Ground clearance
206 mm
Kerb weight
1622 kg
Weight distribution
Fuel capacity
65 litres
Renault Koleos aerodynamics
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
2.60 m2
Renault Koleos engine
Bore × stroke
89.00 mm × 100.00 mm
3.5 in × 3.94 in
Inline 4
2.5 litre
2488 cc
(151.827 cu in)
Single overhead camshaft
Double overhead camshaft
Overhead valves
Two stroke
Side valves
Sleeve valves
Overhead inlet side exhaust
4 valves per cylinder
16 valves in total
Wet sump
Compression ratio
Fuel system
Maximum power
170.3 PS (168 bhp) (125.3 kW)
@ 6000 rpm
Specific output
67.5 bhp/litre
1.11 bhp/cu in
Maximum torque
226.0 Nm (167 ft·lb) (23 kgm)
@ 4400 rpm
1141.5 kPa (165.6 psi)
Specific torque
90.84 Nm/litre
Maximum rpm
Main crankshaft bearings
Bore/stroke ratio
Unitary capacity
622 cc per cylinder
Compressor type
Catalytic converter
 Renault Koleos performance
0-50 mph (80 km/h)
0-60 mph
0-100 km/h
9.30 s
0-100 mph
80-120 km/h (50-70 mph) in top
Standing ¼mile
Standing km
Top speed
185 km/h (115 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio
103.58 bhp/ton
Renault Koleos fuel economy
Fuel consumption
13.2/8.0/9.9 l/100km urban/extra-urban/combined
CO2 Emissions
237.0 g/km
 Calculated CO2 
237.60 g/km
Renault Koleos chassis
Engine location
Engine alignment
Front wheel drive  
rack & pinion PAS
Turns lock-to-lock
Turning circle
Live axle
de Dion axle
Double wishbones
Coil springs
Anti-roll bar
Leaf springs
Semi-elliptic leaf springs
6.5J x 17
6.5J x 17
225/60 R 17 99H
225/60 R 17 99H
Brakes F/R
Disc (Disk)
Anti-lock Braking System
320 mm
292 mm
Braked area
6 speed manual
Top gear ratio
Final drive ratio
                                         The price of the car is around Rs 19 lakhs and the car is available in a single design variation.