Renault India has announced that it will begin exporting the Dacia Duster (branded as Renault Duster there) to the UK from January 2013. Marc Nassif, MD of Renault India, says that besides the UK, all right-hand-drive countries are potential export markets. Malaysia was mentioned.
“We are currently looking at Western Africa, South Africa, Malaysia and Singapore,” he told Autocar Professional. So could we be seeing the rugged Duster in town next year? If that happens, expect the Renault badge on the SUV as the Dacia name has zero presence in our market. Renault owns Romanian brand Dacia, which specialises in budget models like the Logan.
In India, the Renault Duster can be had with petrol or diesel power. The gasoline unit is a 1.6 litre with 104 PS and 145 Nm, making a a weak sibling to the two 1.5 dCi K9K diesel variants – one comes with 85 PS/200 Nm while the brawnier THP version offers 110 PS and 248 Nm of torque. The latter also comes with a six-speed manual gearbox, as opposed to five ratios.