Renault Duster Is Ready With An Updated And Major Facelift
The second generation of the Renault Duster will not be coming to India. After months of speculation, we can now confirm this news. But it’s not curtains for the popular brand in the country. After all the Renault Duster has sold almost 200,000 units in India since it debuted in 2012. Sources close to the development at the company’s global headquarters in France have told that India is likely to be the lead market for the development of the third generation Duster. So far it is Eastern Europe that has played as the led market since the Duster is a Dacia product – Renault’s Romanian subsidiary. Given India’s frugal cost base, and Renault’s investments in R&D in India, the 3rd generation Renault Duster will, therefore, be designed and engineered primarily in India.
Other Updated Features Of Renault Duster
The facelift was seen sporting reworked bumpers at both ends, new headlamps and taillamps with LED elements. The facelift is likely to carry forward the updated infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Meanwhile, expect the cabin to get a mild refresh to keep things fresh.
The facelifted Duster will continue to be powered by the same set of 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines as the current one for now. Renault first updated the duster with a brand new touchscreen infotainment setup for the top end in 2014. The 4×4 variant came in 2015. The following year it received a major facelift with new grille, headlamps, tail lights and bumpers. This was done just for India and was not in keeping with the Duster’s global facelift that had happened in 2014.
At the same time, we also got an India-specific auto option (AMT) on the diesel Duster on the more powerful 108 bhp variant. Badged as easy-R, the AMT has been quite popular. The car continues to be available with 3 engine options in India – 83 bhp (5-Speed manual gearbox) / 108 bhp 1.5-litre diesel (6-Speed manual/AMT), and 104 bhp 1.5-litre petrol (5-Speed manual/ 6-Speed CVT). The petrol has an auto option of a CVT gearbox.
New Updated Safety Measures Of All New Renault Duster
Safety equipment will also become standard. Expected on that list are dual airbags and ESC or an electronic stability control programme. The car is also expected to get larger LED daytime running lights, a more premium interior finish, and a new connectivity touchscreen interface. Renault Duster is expected to use India as the lead development market for the next generation of the Duster.
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