A camouflaged test mule of the 2016 Renault Duster facelift was spotted testing by an Overdrive reader in Chennai. The long overdue update is aimed at gaining the ground lost to the newly launched Hyundai Creta which is marching steadily towards 1 lakh bookings.
The Duster would receive minor cosmetic tweaks and additional equipment. Going by the spyshots, the Renault crossover’s visual enhancements are inline with those seen on the Brazilian version. A revised grille, tweaked headlamp design and a reprofiled bumper are the changes expected on the front fascia. The profile would stay intact save for revised roof-rails and a new alloy wheel design while the rear fascia would receive new detailing for the taillights and a new bumper.
Interior is expected to remain the same except for an upgraded centre console. One can expect new seat fabrics and a few additional equipment like standard airbags.
The powertrain lineup too would be retained. The proven 1.5-litre dCi diesel motor (K9K) will continue to be offered in two states of tune (85 PS with 5-MT and 110 PS with 6-MT). The 1.6-litre petrol motor is capable of 104 PS when mated to a 5-MT. The biggest change however is expected to come in the form of an AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) on board the 110 PS diesel version. The range-topping variant will be equipped with AWD system.
The 2016 Renault Duster for India is expected to be unveiled at the Auto Expo 2016 in February.
2016 Renault Duster – Spyshots
Via – Overdrive.in