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Renault Duster facelift AT hides gear lever under paperbag

Renault Duster AT Front Qtr

The 2016 Renault Duster Automatic has been spied testing in India. Renault has opted for an interesting and hitherto unseen method to hide its automatic transmission – an inverted news paper bag. Couldn’t have made it more obvious!

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.

Renault Duster AT Spied

It is not everyday that you spot a car on test, and even rarer is to spot it hiding its vitals with newspaper bag.

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



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Nithyanandh Karuppaswamy

Winner of national level automotive quiz competitions, Nithyanandh aka Nithz jumped into the blogosphere right after gaining a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Love for automobiles and an even greater drive to share his knowledge with the automotive community, Nithz is Deputy Editor at RushLane.

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  • Pcsram

    AT in the Duster is welcome. Thanks to competition, Duster is getting this vital feature.

  • 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..