New Renault Duster packs some cosmetic changes and some updated features and interiors on the inside. Let’s have a look!
The rising SUV trend in the Indian market has led to many manufacturers bringing in cars that suit the need of buyers. And for the already established SUVs, carmakers usually offer a facelift to stay in the race with its rivals. Similar strategy Renault India is applying by launching the new Duster this year.
For starters, it is not the second-gen Duster but will mostly come with a facelift. The SUV will see some cosmetic changes and the biggest upgrade will be under the hood. The new Renault Duster has been spotted at Leh-Srinagar Highway and we tell you five things you should be knowing about the car.
At first glance, one might notice the triple slat grille of the SUV which is notably larger than before. The chrome inserts make the car look agile and the big Renault badge is placed in between. It also gets a restyled bumper to meet the latest safety norms along with a brand new chunkier bumper.
It also gets reworked headlight which now comes with LED daytime running lights and projectors. The rear profile of the car gets black plastic cladding on the tailgate and the side sees roof rails. It also sits on new alloy wheels.
Not much has been changed on the inside and the car gets the similar size touchscreen infotainment unit but now supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as connectivity features. Round AC vents on the centre console are replaced by the rectangular frame.
You can also spot a new steering wheel which now comes with cruise control. The new age steering wheel is seen on newer Renault cars and is expected to be seen on the upcoming Renault Triber. Also, on the co-passenger side, there is a blue insert on the dashboard design, hinting a subtle change. Furthermore, there is a chrome surround placed above the similar three circular units of the instrument cluster.
New Renault Duster will have automatic climate control, tilt-adjustable steering wheel, multi-function steering wheel, voice command, reverse camera and LED projector headlamps with DRLs as some features.
The safety features for the same will be dual front airbags, rear parking sensors, ABS with EBD, seat belt reminder, ISOFIX mount child seats, and brake assist. The top-end trims of the car could get four to six airbags.
With the upcoming emission norms in April 2020, New Renault Duster will carry BS-VI Compliant petrol and diesel engine. The diesel engine is paired with an AMT and with an option of 6-speed manual transmission. The petrol motor comes with 5-speed manual gearbox and with 6-speed CVT. Also, the smaller 85 bhp diesel engine will be axed by the manufacturers.
With the facelift of the Duster, we can expect a price hike over the on-going model. Currently, Renault Duster is priced at Rs 8.00 lakh for the base trim and the top-spec feature loaded variant costs about Rs 13.12 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).