Renault Duster now gets projector headlamps, an upgraded touchscreen infotainment system and more such features with the facelift.
2019 Renault Duster for India is not the second generation of the popular SUV but just a facelifted version of the first gen. Several spy shots have been surfacing the internet on how the new Duster will look and we show you the latest video of a mid-spec trim which was spied recently.
The new Renault Duster will launch later this year in 2019 and it gets some cosmetic changes which are hard to observe at first. Like the projector headlamps and the new chrome embellished-grille. The redesigned front bumper, higher bonnet line and among others.
As one can see, the base trim RxS is devoid of the front fog lamps and the alloy wheels. But this trim will come with an all-wheel-drive system which was only seen in the top trim RxZ before. The car also sees mock skid plates and plastic cladding at the tailgate.
Talking about the interiors, it gets dual colour black and dark brown scheme which can be seen on the centre console too. The new steering wheel borrowed from recently launched Triber MPV but does not get any controls. Chrome inserts on the AC vents and on the instrument cluster can be seen.
The 2019 Renault Duster will continue to sport the same 1.5-litre petrol and 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engines. The petrol motor churns out 106 bhp with a peak torque of 142 Nm whereas the turbocharged diesel engine delivers 108 bhp with 240 Nm of torque.
Transmission options include a 5-speed manual and a CVT on the petrol and the diesel gets 6-speed manual transmission or an AMT. It may be noted that the Duster will come in BS-IV engine as Renault plans to axe their diesel engine line up by 2020. So upgrading it to BS6 emission norms will be a costly affair.
Safety features on board continue with ABS with EBD, Rear Parking Sensors, Dual Front Airbags, speed-alert system and seat belt reminders as standard across all trims.
Renault Duster was launched back in 2012 and the 5-seater SUV was a major hit in the Indian market. The car was doing monthly sales of four digit inititally but with the rising competition with new competitors like Hyundai Creta, the demand fell and now it just sells a fraction of unit than it did before.
We expect that with this facelift, Duster manages to bring its charm back and pull up its sales too. The prices for the 2019 Renault Duster starts at Rs 7.99 lakh and is expected to see a range of Rs 12.51 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).