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Renault Duster Facelift AMT spied in India

Renault Duster Facelift AMT spied in India

After Mahindra TUV300, Renault Duster will be the second SUV in India to be offered with an AMT gearbox.

The cosmetically updated Duster SUV has already been launched in Latin American markets. In India, the Renault Duster facelift is expected to be launched at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo in February next year.

To continue with same engine and trim options in India, new Renault Duster will also get the AMT option, which was showcased at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show last month.

The rise in competition in the entry level compact SUV segment has seen Renault Duster sales decline. From registering average sales of more than 5,000 units a month back in 2012, the Duster sales now average at 1,200 units. The reason, launch of new cars in the segment.

2016 Dacia Duster AMT transmission

The Easy-R AMT transmission, in the image above is paired to the 0.9-litre TCe turbo petrol motor. In India, it will be paired to the 1.5-liter diesel motor.

These are in the form of Ford EcoSport, Mahindra Scorpio, Nissan Terrano, Hyundai Creta, and now the new TUV300. All of which (except Terrano) are being offered with an automatic or AMT gearbox in addition to the standard manual gearbox. This gave Duster’s rivals a bit of an advantage in a market where more and more buyers are looking for an AT option.

Internationally, Duster is offered with an automatic dual clutch gearbox, but the cost of getting that to India was adding approximately INR 2 lakh to the price of respective manual variant. Thus there is no plan to launch Duster with DCT in India.

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But now, as Renault has introduced the new AMT gearbox in Duster, called the Easy R-AMT, India is expected to be amongst the first countries where it will be launched.

Though the refinement and driving pleasure of an AMT will be far less than DCT, the benefit here is reduction in cost. Sources reveal that the difference in price between the Duster with MT and with AMT will not be more than INR 1 lakh.

Of the two tunes, only the 110 PS version will get the AMT option in India.

Renault Duster R-AMT – Photos

Renault Duster Facelift – Photos

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  • Amol Salunke

    When is Renault Duster Diesel Automatic being
    Planned for launch… Please LAUNCH soon…
    We are waiting.. And are excited about this NEWS…Renault should launch
    Duster Diesel Automatic Immediately in
    October itself, ahead of Festive season, to cash on… There is immense interest in Automatic and
    Hyundai Creta has reported over 30% bookings of Automatic version and they have
    made changes in their production plans accordingly, infact they were much
    surprised by the automatic requirement, having expected only 10% of the total
    bookings.. It means of the 40000 bookings Hyundai Creta has received 10000
    bookings are for Automatic itself, which is a significant number and completely
    new opportunity ….The waiting period for Creta Automatic has gone upto 8
    months as per the dealer I spoke to in Mumbai……!!!!!!


    Renault needs to Launch Duster Diesel with
    EDC Automatic as soon as possible, as it is losing huge market to other
    SUVs. They have to win this race against
    time to get the Duster Facelift to

  • Amol Salunke

    Renault should launch Facelift Duster Automatic (AMT) in October
    itself for Festive season Dassera/Diwali…as most of the sales happen during
    this time…soon