Midsize SUV segment is currently the most aggressively contested by automakers and we have seen several new launches in the last 12 months. New products such as Harrier, recently launched MG Hector and upcoming Kia Seltos have generated immense interest among auto enthusiasts and old SUVs are being literally forgotten by people. With these rapidly evolving trends and to keep its products market relevant, Renault will soon be launching facelift of its Duster SUV.
As revealed in spy shots, Renault Duster facelift comes with various changes to its exteriors. Some of these are clearly evident, whereas others are done in a subtle manner. Exterior updates include redesigned front bumper, a new sculpted bonnet, faux skid plates at front and rear, redesigned alloy wheels, and reworked tailgate with plastic cladding. Bonnet line has also been increased, which is in compliance with pedestrian protection norms. Duster facelift also gets a new chrome infused grille and projector headlights.
Interiors have also been upgraded, featuring a new steering wheel and upgraded touchscreen infotainment system supporting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other key changes include liberal use of chrome and aluminium accents and rectangular AC vents on centre console. Duster facelift teaser has revealed a new Blue colour that gives the SUV a profound, stately look.
Engine options for Duster facelift are expected to be the same as earlier. The 1.5-litre petrol unit generates 106 PS power @ 5600 rpm and 142 Nm torque @ 4000 rpm. Engine is mated to a 5-speed manual or CVT with 6-speed manual mode option. The 1.5-litre diesel unit makes 110 PS @ 4000 rpm and 245 Nm @ 1750 rpm. Engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. An AMT option may be available with Duster facelift.
However, after BS-VI emission norms come into play, Renault may discontinue diesel units. Upgrading to BS-VI will make Duster too costly for consumers. However, Renault is currently testing its K9K diesel unit with a new Lean NOx Trap technology to make it BS-VI compliant. If successful, Renault will continue to offer diesel cars, as the Lean NOx Trap is a cost-effective technology.
Renault Duster facelift launch will precede the launch of 7-seat Triber. It will launch on 8th July 2019. Duster facelift will be aggressively priced to boost its competitiveness against rivals. Duster currently retails in the price bracket of Rs 7.99 – 12.09 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).