According to our sources, Renault India has begun testing the facelifted Duster on Indian roads, ahead of the facelifted SUV’s launch later this year. The Duster facelift features minor changes in the form of blacked out headlamps, a revised front grille, additional cladding and souped up interiors. Renault India has perked up the interiors of the facelifted Duster after taking feedback from customers, what with many feeling that the interior quality of the SUV is far from satisfactory, especially at the price at which it sells for. The facelifted Duster is likely to go on sale in India before the festive season.
However, the facelifted Duster will not be as extensively modified as the 2014 international-spec Duster model given the fact that the SUV is barely two years old in India. This hints at a milder facelift, intended to give Renault dealership salesmen something to talk about rather than sweeping design changes that are likely to be saved for afterward. The Duster is Renault India’s best selling product and has been largely responsible for making the French car brand a household name in this country. Competitors to the Duster include the Ford EcoSport, the Mahindra Quanto and the Nissan Terrano.
Interestingly, the facelifted Duster will get a crucial differentiating feature in the form of a 4X4 mechanism, a feature that could position the SUV as an alternative to other soft roaders such as the Ford EcoSport and the Mahindra Quanto. The Duster equipped with 4X4 function will be targeted at SUV enthusiasts interested in taking their SUVs off the road, where a 4X4 system could prove to be very handy. The 4X4 option will be offered on the top-end, 110 PS variant of the Duster Diesel. The 85 PS diesel and the 105 PS petrol Dusters will continue to be front wheel driven. Click here for CarToq’s exclusive report on the Duster 4X4.