For a long time, Renault is expected to launch the all-new Duster in the Indian market. Finally, the French manufacturer has started testing the upcoming Duster in the Indian market under heavy camouflage. After the first images of the Duster were seen a few days back, new images of the upcoming Duster’s test mule show how the headlamps of the upcoming SUV will look like.
The all-new Renault Duster is on sale in many international markets but a different, Indian-spec version of the Duster is expected to be launched in India. The popularity of the Duster has gone down in recent times. In fact, the sales of the current Duster has seen a constant dip on the sales chart. However, the new Duster is not expected to be launch soon. Renault will launch the new SUV by the end of this year or in early 2020.
Renault is testing the Duster to be compliant with the upcoming Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assesment Program (BNVSAP). To meet the pedestrian protection norm, Renault will create a substantial gap between the engine and the bonnet to give a cushion to the pedestrians if and when they hit the bonnet of the vehicle. This change can be clearly seen through the latest spy shots, which shows a higher bonnet line. The other changes to upcoming Renault Duster include a new bumper and new grille.
Even the headlamps have been updated on the new Duster and Renault will offer projector headlamps with LED DRLs. The Renault Duster was a popular offering in the market once but due to the stiff competition, the demand for the model has gone down. Renault is expected to offer new-age, modern features on the upcoming Duster that can include a sunroof too. Other visual changes include new roof rails, new alloy wheels, new tail lamps, and slightly updated body panels to make the Duster look new.
The Indian market will soon get the BS-VI pollution norms too. Keeping up with the new norms, Renault may not offer the 85 PS version of the 1.5-litre diesel engine with the new Duster. Instead, the 1.5-litre petrol and the 1.5-litre diesel engine are expected to be updated to meet the upcoming emission norms. There will be a 5-speed manual transmission for the petrol engine and a 6-speed transmission for the diesel version. Renault is expected to keep the AMT automatic transmission with the diesel engine and the CVT automatic transmission with the petrol engine.
The interior of the current version of the Duster is not very exciting at the moment. However, that is expected to change with the arrival of the new model. Renault may rework the dashboard completely and offer a new infotainment system and better fabric on the seat for more premium feel. Sadly, Renault may not introduce the all-new Duster that is available in the European markets in India at all.