For the first time ever Dacia, has introduced an all new automated manual transmission called ‘Easy-R which has been paired to their new TCe 90 engine available under the hood of the Duster SUV. Apart from that feature the TCe 90 engine also gets start stop function as well. This newly introduced five speed gearbox will actually help make driving easier on road by eliminating the use of clutch.
Dacia also has plans to use the same AMT gearbox in some of their other product s as well obviously depending on their market. The new TCe 90 engine which will be made available with the Easy-R automated manual transmission is capable of producing about 90 Hp of peak power and 140 NM of torque. According to Dacia the new drivetrain which will power the Duster is responsive even at lower revs; moreover the new Easy R AMT gearbox will add more practicality to the engine.
Coming to the new AMT gearbox, as already mentioned above the new 5 speed gearbox plans to satisfy those customers who opt for a more flexible style of driving, keeping in mind the urban traffic and its conditions. This gearbox just like any other AMT transmission available in Indian market and actually eliminates the use of clutch because it has been fitted with electromechanical actuators which perform the role of declutching. The 5 speed Easy-R gearbox also comes with two driving modes namely the drive and the Manual (Impulse shift) mode.
Regardless of their eventual fate in the market, Renault’s choices of cars in India have all been interesting. The Logan, Fluence and the Koleos have all catered to a completely different section of customers to the other and each launched to build brand image for the manufacturer. Whether the choice of vehicles and strategy is right, we are not judging just yet. At the Auto Expo Renault is launching the Duster, another interesting choice for a launch. Like the Logan, the Duster too is a rebadged Dacia based on the Logan platform and is Renault’s attempt to bring an affordable SUV in the market. The Duster is designed to be an off road vehicle that offers the space of a utility vehicle but will cost as much as a mid size sedan. If Renault can price it between Rs 7 to 9lakh then the Duster can well take the fight to the likes of the Tata Safari and the Mahindra Scorpio.