The four-wheel drive model of the Renault Duster SUV is here. Finally. And we did take it out for a spin for our first drive review. Here are the images from the photoshoot. Take a look.
Unlike the two-wheel drive model, the Duster AWD uses a different suspension layout and thus complicates the production. This is why Renault brought in the AWD model later
The AWD model is to come in two models, the RxL and the top-end RxZ
Both cars sport new headlights with blacked out bits inside it plus badging. These headlights, says Renault, will remain exclusive to the four-wheel drive model
The Duster AWD will, as its name says, offer three modes – two(front)-wheel drive, automatic and manually locked four-wheel drive. These modes can be switched on the fly via a rotary dial mounted into the fascia
The RxL and the top-end RxZ, both get the new two-tone red and black upholstery
The soft-touch plastics of the dash also boast a new multi-function display along with a three-spoke steering wheel that is wrapped in leather on the RxZ model
The top model also gets cruise control and a new touchscreen entertainment system which isn’t all new. It’s been available as an option on the two-wheel drive models since January 2013 and will be standard on the RxZ AWD
The RxL will also get steel rims while the RxZ gets the same alloys as the two-wheel drive Duster but in a fetching steel grey
Renault should shortly start bookings and start selling the AWD model, probably at a premium of between Rs 65,000 and Rs 80,000 over the two-wheel drive models. Expect to be able to buy one before the festive season opens
Images: Makarand Baokar
Read our first drive review of the Renault Duster AWD here.