The will soon be blessed with a petrol CVT option. And through our sources close to the company, we have exclusive information that the CVT option will come with a 1.5-litre petrol engine. The variant will be priced at Rs 10.3 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), and will be made available in the 'RXS' trim. As of now, the petrol engine in the Duster is a 1.6-litre unit and comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.
The 1.5-litre petrol engine seems to be borrowed from the Scala/Sunny sedan, and produces max power of 106PS at 5600rpm and max torque of 142Nm at 4000rpm. The CVT transmission mated to this engine has a six-step manual mode and returns a mileage of 14.99kmpl. In the Sunny though, the engine has a lower state of tune and makes only 101PS/134Nm with the CVT.
In terms of features, the RXS variant will sit between the RXL and the RXZ and feature 16-inch gunmetal alloy wheels, 7-inch touchscreen without navigation, black front grille, dual airbags, red contrast interiors and an Eco mode. Also, the petrol CVT will come in a new Fiery Red colour.
The current petrol engine in the Duster is a 1.6-litre mill which produces 104PS/148Nm and comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission in a 2WD configuration. The diesel engine is a 1.5-litre unit and is available with either 85PS/200Nm or 110PS/245Nm on tap. The latter can also be had with a 6-speed AMT or with all-wheel drive.
The CVT will be officially launched in a couple of weeks. Stay tuned to ZigWheels.com for more exclusive updates.