Renault India has stayed away from the Duster automatic so far but the encouraging response received by the rival Hyundai Creta has changed things. Going by what is available in the international markets, the 6-speed EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) automatic gearbox emerges as the viable candidate.
The new transmission is expected to be offered on the range-topping 110 PS 1.5-litre K9K diesel engine. It remains to be seen whether it will be offered in the top-end Duster AWD variant or not. Other mechanical changes may include efficiency enhancing tweaks to the engines.
Visually, the Renault Duster facelift receives new bumper, compartmentalized headlamps, revised bumpers, fresh alloy wheel designs and LED taillights. The interior too has been revamped with a new dashboard and seat fabrics.
The Duster’s sales have been witnessing a slump over the last few months owing to the arrival of new rivals Hyundai Creta and Maruti S-Cross. With a significant facelift, the French automaker would be hoping to gain the lost ground in a burgeoning yet highly competitive compact crossover segment and the diesel automatic variant should help its case.
Duster Facelift – Brazil