The Indian SUV market is tremendously competitive and the car makers are making their SUVs even more able in order to step up the rivalry level. The 4×4 or the All 4 Wheel Drive variants of the SUVs are all the more exciting for the SUV lovers, as these provide much better and sturdier off-road capabilities. The Indian SUV master has recently launched the revamped all new 2015 Scorpio SUV, while its arch rival Renault Duster has also got its new AWD version. Let us see how these two fair against each other in a specs comparison.
The very popular Renault Duster SUV is offered in both petrol and diesel motor options, while the age old bestseller Mahindra Scorpio is offered only in diesel guise. However, we will compare only the AWD versions here.
The new Renault Duster comes with a host of new features, including the ‘Anthracite’ alloy wheels as Renault calls then, smoked headlight clusters and blackened B-pillars on the Duster’s RxZ trim. Albeit the company carefully added the AWD badges at the back of the vehicle to clearly mark it apart from the regular variants. The dimensions and the ground clearance of the SUV are retained.
The new Renault Duster AWD gets the new electronically controlled all 4 wheel drive system that Renault has named as the i-Drive Technology. The Duster AWD receives 4 individual suspensions as well.
The clutch of Duster AWD feels lighter and more comfortable than the standard SUV models. The SUV also offers ESP and Anti-Skid Resistance for enhanced control on treacherous road conditions.
The Renault Duster AWD does offer good off-road capabilities with its 1.5 liter diesel motor that churns out 109 bhp of power. However, the Renault Duster AWD is rivaling an all time favorite formidable SUV that has been loved for more than a decade, the Mahindra Scorpio.
The new Mahindra Scorpio is more stylish and sporty. The new Scorpio has become meaner in terms of looks. The new Scorpio is considerably larger than the more compact Duster. The new Scorpio is powered by two diesel mills namely the 2.5 liter 4-cylinder m2DiCr for the base model and the acclaimed 2.2 liter mHawk motor for the other variants, delivering 120bhp of power.
The Scorpio gets independent suspension at front and multi-link coil spring system for the rear. The all new Mahindra Scorpio also gets the new chassis which is lighter and sturdier empowered with anti-roll bars both at the front and rear.
In few words, the new Scorpio is clearly a bigger and better SUV than the new Duster. The Scorpio seats 7, while the Duster just 5. The Renault Duster though much newer is simply not close to the veteran Mahindra Scorpio which is a 12 year old pro player. Thus, whether you own an old version or the new version of the Scorpio, you will definitely like it much better than that of the Renault Duster.