The Indian car industry has been always in favor of the SUVs. However, over the time more than the bulky traditional SUVs, the Indian SUV lovers have been leaning towards the more premium, styling, compact or the more powerful SUV options that have been flooding the Indian car market lately. This new trend has also given rise to the more powerful all terrain friendly All 4 Wheel versions of the SUVs. While even a couple of years ago, the All 4 Wheel Drive systems or the AWD versions of SUVs were not much popular or available in India as compared to the recent times.
The AWD is a term for vehicles that are driven by all its four wheels and the generated power from the engines in such vehicles are transmitted to all the four wheels of the vehicle. This also offers greater hold and performance on the rougher and uncertain terrains which is a great advantage especially for tough SUVs that are meant to tread the rougher roads.
Currently, in the car market of India there are many good SUV models that come along with AWD options. Among these come the Mahindra Ssangyong Rexton premium SUV and the Renault Duster sub-compact SUV which have especially defined the true meaning of the All Four Wheel Drive system in India.
On one hand, there is the Mahindra Ssangyong Rexton premium SUV from the South Korean subsidiary of the Indian car major Mahindra. The premium Rexton is powered by a 2696 cc 20V motor that is capable of churning out a max power output of 184 bhp at 4000 rpm. The vehicle offers a peak torque of 402 Nm at 1600 – 3000 rpm.
On the other hand, is the Duster sub-compact SUV from the French car maker Renault which is equipped with a 1461 cc 16V engine that is good enough to generate a max power output of 108.45 bhp at 4000 rpm. This capable SUV can offer a peak torque figure 245 Nm at 1750 rpm.
The real difference however lies in the transmission system of the two compared vehicles here. While the Renault Duster has been equipped with a capable 6 speed manual transmission gearbox, the Mahindra Ssangyong Rexton’s engine is paired to a 5 speed automatic transmission gearbox.
The Mahindra Ssangyong Rexton among these two is more premium for sure and owing to the increased power as well as the heavier powertrain, the Rexton premium SUV has been tagged at a price of Rs. 22.1 lakhs in the Indian car market. On the other hand, the comparatively smaller Renault Duster that comes without the premium tag has been priced at Rs. 13 lakhs which definitely makes it a more affordable AWD SUV option for the Indian buyers.
These two SUVs are already great options to go for whether or not the AWD versions, and offer superior quality SUV power performance to please all the adventurous SUV lovers in India.