Renault Duster Facelift gets subtle design changes and a BS-VI engine under the hood.
Renault Duster made quite an appearance in the Indian market but soon the SUV lost its charm because of the competition and the not so conventional design. However, the SUV will now be back with a facelift and it sure gets subtle changes on the front fascia, rear profile and the major change is under the hood.
Renault Duster Facelift was spotted at Zoji-la pass which is on the Leh-Srinagar highway. The car looked in its production form and seem to be undergoing high-altitude tests.
As said before, the facelift version of Renault Duster packs subtle changes which makes it more or less the same with the pre-lift. The front grille now larger than before and gets a lot of chrome giving a robust look to the car, it now also gets projector headlamps with LED DRLs.
To meet the pedestrian’s safety norm, the hood of the car is placed higher above the engine. The front bumper sees a new design along with wide enclosure for fog lamp housing. It gets roof rails, new alloy wheel design along with black plastic cladding on the tailgate, to distinguish the car from the previous design.
On the inside, we can expect a tuned up dashboard design along with updated seat upholstery. The touchscreen infotainment system can be larger and able to support connectivity like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, voice assistance and more. The facelifted Duster will come with dual airbags, ABS with EBD, seat belt reminder, rear parking sensors, speed alert warning as standard safety features across all variants.
Powering the Duster will be the same 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine and the turbocharged diesel engine. The petrol engine churns out 105 bhp on tap with 142 Nm of peak torque. It comes with a CVT and 5-speed manual gearbox.
The diesel engine is tuned to two sets, 84 bhp with 200 Nm of torque and the higher, 110 bhp with 250 Nm f healthy torque. It comes mated with 6-speed manual transmission and AMT. The manufacturer is likely to discontinue the smaller diesel engine as the Duster will be upgraded to BS-VI norms.
The upgraded model will come with all safety, crash and upcoming emission norms. Once launched, it will go against the likes of Hyundai Creta, Nissan Kicks and the upcoming Kia Seltos.
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