Launched in the UK last year, and in Brazil earlier this year, Renault Duster Facelift now gets ready for its launch in India. From the time first Duster was launched, the SUV has lost its sheen in the market due to two reasons – the arrival new SUVs in the segment (Hyundai Creta, Nissan Terrano, Ford EcoSport) and secondly, because competitors upgraded their existing products (Mahindra Scorpio, XUV500).
Its not that Renault did not update the Duster, they did launch the 4WD variant last year, and an updated (added features) variant earlier this year in May, but this did not help increase sales. But, soon the company will launch the Duster facelift, which now has begun testing on Indian roads.
Renault Duster facelift will receive some modifications where exterior and interior design is concerned; but will not see much change in engine specifications.
It will continue to be powered by a 1.6 liter petrol and 1.5 liter diesel engine which could be tweaked for added efficiency and performance. The diesel engine will be offered in two configurations of 84 bhp and 200 Nm and in 110 bhp and 240 Nm. The petrol engine produces 102 bhp and 145 Nm. The engines will be mated to 5 speed manual or 6 speed manual gearbox. Apart from the top end diesel, which will also be offered in 4×4 drivetrain, all other variants will be FWD.
External updates on Duster facelift will include LED tail lamps, new alloy wheels and design updates on headlight, bumper and grille. Duster facelift also receives revised front and rear scuff plates besides modified roof rails to increase the amount of support it offers.
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Interiors receive a new instrument cluster, new upholstery and power window switches. Apart from this, it comes with exciting new accessories. The European spec model receives fire extinguisher, security system and snow chains. We are not sure if these will be on offer with the Indian Duster.
No indications on pricing as on date, which would be revealed closer to launch, but a price hike of INR 20,000 over equivalent current variants is expected on the Renault Duster Facelift.