New Delhi: Renault is going to launch the petrol variant of its popular SUV Duster with an automatic gearbox. The diesel variant of the Duster is already offered with an automatic gearbox, albeit an AMT transmission.
The petrol variant of the Duster will be offered with a CVT gearbox, rather than a AMT gearbox. The engine underneath the hood will remain the same 1.6-litre unit that churns out 104bhp and 148Nm of torque. The CVT gearbox is likely to be the same unit whit is present in the Nissan Micra.
This move is aimed to take on the likes of Hyundai Creta and Honda CR-V that are able to sway the customers in their direction to an automatic gearbox. It will also be a boost for the slow-selling petrol variant of the Duster.
The launch is set for May 2017 and other than the gearbox, we don’t expect to see a lot of changes in the car.