2014 Renault Duster facelift unveiled

Snapshot: Images of the facelifted Renault Duster (with Renault badges replacing the Dacia badges) have been released. Expect the SUV to reach the Indian market sometime next year.

First showcased at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, the facelifted Dacia Duster sees minor styling tweaks and Renault badges to be branded as the Renault Duster. While Dacia is the low cost car division of French car maker Renault, various Dacia cars are sold as Renaults in many developing countries across the globe. One such country is India, where the Dacia badge on the Duster has made way for Renault units. Apart from the Renault badges, the facelifted Duster branded with Renault signage gets a different front grille with chrome slats.

Other exterior and interior changes on the facelifted Renault Duster mirror those that were first introduced in the Dacia badged model. The changes include the following:

  • Revised head lamps with integrated daytime running lamps
  • Duster branded roof rails
  • Revised 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Revised tail lamps
  • Chrome tipped exhaust finisher
  • Steering mounted audio controls
  • Refreshed instrumentation
  • New center console
  • New infotainment system
  • Center armrest with storage module
On the engines and transmissions front, a new 1.2 liter TCe turbo petrol engine is added to the petrol engine line up. The new motor outputs 123 Bhp of peak power and 204 Nm of peak torque. Introduced to rival the EcoBoost engined Ford EcoSport, Renault India is yet to announce the new engine option for the Indian car market. The 1.6 liter naturally aspirated petrol and the 1.5 liter K9K turbo diesel motors continue unchanged and so do the 5 speed and 6 speed manual gearboxes.
Internationally, the Renault/Dacia Duster is offered with a four wheel drive option, one that has not been offered on the Indian variants of this compact SUV. Notably, the 4 wheel drive variants of the Duster branded as Dacias and sold in Europe are built at the Renault-Nissan factory, off Chennai. However, Renault India has studiously avoided launching the 4 wheel drive version of the Duster SUV in India as doing so would make the top-end Duster variants more expensive than the significantly better equipped Mahindra XUV500 and the Scorpio SUVs.

Renault Duster Facelift Photo Gallery