The 2018 Renault Duster broke cover internationally in November last year via official pictures released by the French Automaker. This compact urban SUV will be showcased at the upcoming 2018 Moscow International Auto Show and soon make it to Indian shores.
It is now an obvious fact that Renault India is soon going to launch the next-generation iteration of the Duster SUV in India. The vehicle which fueled the compact urban SUVs in India but slowly lost its crown due to more mature and premium competition is now going to once again try and regain its title with a much-needed update. The latest iteration of the Renault Duster broke cover last November through official images. Now, at the upcoming 2018 Moscow Internation Auto Show, we are going to witness its latest iteration in flesh. After the unveiling, we believe that the new Duster show reaches the Indian market either by the end of this year or starting early next year.
Interested in knowing more about the upcoming new Duster? In this report, we bring you expected price, launch date, feature, specifications and everything else that you want to know about the new Renault Duster 2018 model.
The 2018 iteration of this compact SUV is a complete model replacement for the current car. It might look much like the vehicle currently on sale, but Renault insists it’s an all-new car, built right from the scratch. The 2018 model if the well-known SUV gets a design that a slightly evolved version of the current car’s exterior. However, there are many mechanical changes. It’s like there will be a 7-seater model as well. But for now, let’s keep our focus on this new SUV here.
Details on the specs aren’t available at the moment. However, internationally, the SUV is likely to get a 1.2-litre TCe petrol engine that outputs a max. power of 124 BHP. Most global markets will also get a 1.6-litre Diesel engine that produces a max. power of 130 BHP. We are pretty sure at least the latter will make it to India. The current highly-loved K9K engine, while a pretty decent motor, has started showing its age. We don’t think Renault India would want to offer the same engines with the all-new Duster. All Wheel Drive will be optional. Expect the new SUV to offer both manual and automatic transmissions.
Renault Duster 2018 India Launch Date
|Launch Date (expected)||October 2018|
The new iteration of this SUV made its public debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in September this year. The new model will then launch in Europe in the first half of 2018. In India, the new Duster will only launch towards the end of next year. We are expecting a late-October 2018 launch. We are sure Renault India might want to cash in on the increased sales during the festive period by launching a new model during this time period.
Renault Duster 2018 Price in India
|2017 Renault Duster||Price (expected)|
|Base Model||Rs 8.5 Lakh|
|Top Model||Rs 13 Lakh|
Of course, the 2018 model Duster will cost more than the current model. The increase in price will be owing to a much more modern platform, new engines, and a fresher design. Also, the new model will be more spacious and feature-laden. All this will lead to a significant increase in prices. The base model could cost at least Rs 8.5 lakh while the prices of the top model could go all the way to Rs 13 lakh. At this price point, the new variant of this vehicle will still rival its current adversary, the Hyundai Creta. Hence, the new model will have quite a task in front of itself to reclaim the lost glory.
Renault Duster 2018 India Specifications
|2017 Renault Duster||Specifications|
|Engine||1.2 TCe Petrol, 1.6 DCi Diesel|
|Max. Power||124 BHP, 130 BHP|
|Transmission||6-Speed Manual, 6-speed Automatic|
|All Wheel Drive||Yes|
Globally, the 2018 model of this compact SUV will go on sale with a 1.2-litre TCe petrol engine that produces a maximum power of with 124 BHP of max. power. The new SUV also gets a 1.6-litre Diesel engine that outputs a maximum power of 130 BHP. We are pretty sure India would get both these engines. The current 1.5-litre Petrol and Diesel engines have started showing their age a bit, and hence, it’s important for Renault India to launch the new Duster with a new set of engines. All Wheel Drive will be available on the top-end variants. Transmission options will include a 6-speed Manual and a 6-speed Automatic.
Renault Duster 2018 Mileage
|Minimum Mileage||12 KMPL (Petrol); 14 KMPL (Diesel)|
|Maximum Mileage||18 KMPL (Petrol); 22 KMPL (Diesel)|
The petrol model of this vehicle will have a maximum mileage of roughly 18 KMPL. The Diesel model, on the other hand, will offer as much as 22 KMPL.
Renault Duster 2018 Images
Renault Duster 2018 Features
- Full Quota of 6 Airbags
- All Wheel Drive
- Satellite Navigation
- Leather Seat Covers
- Touchscreen Infotainment System
- All Wheel Drive
- Multi-purpose Steering Wheel
- Automatic Gearbox
- Rain-Sensing Wipers
- Apple CarPlay
- Mirror Link
- Android Auto
- Rear Parking Sensors
- Rear Parking Camera
Renault Duster 2018 Competition
- Hyundai Creta
- Maruti S-Cross
- Honda BR-V
- Mahindra Scorpio
- Tata Safari Storme
- Mahindra XUV500
- Tata Hexa
The new Renault Duster 2018 will rival the Hyundai Creta among a host of other SUVs. It will rival the likes of Mahindra Scorpio and Tata Safari Storme. This SUV will even end up rivalling the Mahindra XUV500 and the Tata Hexa.
Renault Duster 2018 Exterior & Interior
‘The same but better.’ – that’s exactly what Dacia says its customers want. Hence, they decided to stick to the current Duster’s design and just refine it a fair bit. The new 2018 Duster looks much like the outgoing model. Sure, the headlights and the front-grille are new. These definitely do a fair bit to get the new SUV in line with other new-age Renault models on sale today. Also, the lights find themselves moved to the very edges of the body to make the car look wider.
The roof rails are thicker and the wheels have grown bigger by an inch. The biggest change can be noticed in the side profile. The proportions are new and the greenhouse has got smaller. The wheel-arches still look chunky but now there’s a faux air-vent behind the front wheel arch. The front windscreen now looks bigger as its lower edge has moved forward by a full 100 mm. The SUV’s dimensions don’t see a significant change, but the net effect of all the minor changes is pretty well pronounced. Details of the interior are yet to be revealed but we don’t expect it to see a radical change.
Design director David Durand says: ‘It’s quite challenging to replace the Duster because it’s such an iconic car, very recognisable, with a true personality: honest, unpretentious, none too aggressive. We wanted to keep this personality but make it better.’
Group design chief Laurens van den Acker says: ‘We could have started over and surprised everyone once more, but it’s not very often that you get the chance to build the following. We can do this with the Duster. Sales keep going up and up. You can build a car that is recognisable as a Duster, although we’ve changed every [visible] part.”
“One of the advantages of the Duster is that it’s relatively light,” says van den Acker. “From customers, there wasn’t that much complaint about size. Push it much bigger and you need bigger engines, heavier suspension. So instead we made sure we fixed the design mistakes.”
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