Renault has launched the new Duster in India, which is basically a facelift. It gets some feature updates along with minor cosmetic upgrades.
Renault Duster now gets a facelift and the new version looks different from the earlier one. After Kwid, Duster is the best selling model from the manufacturer, as it has 2 more models in India.
Duster started the trend of compact SUVs in India. When launched back in 2014, it immediately became a great hit. The Duster was for buyers who wanted to have the SUV feel but desired a compact car just for 5 people.
Now, it competes with the likes of Hyundai Creta, Nissan Kicks and Nissan Terrano. Creta is the clear winner over here, clocking around 8000-9000 units monthly. The features on the new Duster are likely to improve its sales.
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The new Renault Duster is priced starting from Rs 7.99 Lakhs going up to Rs 12.49 Lakhs (ex-showroom). The starting price remains unchanged, but the top-spec variant is more affordable by nearly Rs 50,000. It is still priced lower than the Creta and Nissan Kicks.
|VERSION NAME||Ex showroom price|
|RxS Option Petrol CVT||9,99,990|
|RxE 85 PS Diesel||9,29,990|
|RXS 85 PS Diesel||9,99,990|
|RXS 110 PS Diesel||11,19,990|
|RXZ 110 PS Diesel||12,09,990|
|RXZ 110 PS Diesel AMT||12,49,990|
|RXS Option 110 PS Diesel AWD||12,49,990|
2. Exterior Changes
On the outside, you get a new chrome plated front grille with brushed silver skid plate and new projector headlamps. The bonnet has been reshaped to show more muscles. It also gets new petal-shaped alloy wheels along with two new colours – Caspian Blue and Mahogany Brown.
3. Interior Changes
Inside the cabin, there are some minor changes. The dashboard has been revised a bit and now gets a midnight black colour treatment. The hard switches on the earlier Duster are now replaced by soft touch buttons. The instrument cluster now gets ice-blue graphics, matching its new style.
The new feature additions include:
- 17.64cm touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- LED DRLs
- Projector Headlamps
- Voice Recognition
- Cruise Control
- Speed Limiter
- ARKAMYS Speakers
- Fully Auto Climate Control
- Cooled Glovebox
- Hill-Start Assist
The engine, sadly, remains unchanged in the new Duster. The 1.5 Litre petrol engine comes mated to a 5-speed MT and a CVT gearbox, producing 106 BHP and 142 Nm of peak torque. The 1.5 Litre diesel comes with options for a 6-speed MT and a 6-speed MT. The diesel engine comes in two states of tunes – one producing 85 BHP and 200 Nm and another producing 110 BHP and 240 Nm.