Renault will launch a facelifted version of the 1st generation Duster compact SUV in India on the 8th of July, 2019. The French automaker has already begun a teaser campaign in the run up to launch but the SUV has already been caught uncamouflaged multiple times. The latest spyshots of the compact SUV reveal that Renault dealerships have already begun receiving the facelifted Duster. Here are a few images showing the uncamouflaged, production version of the facelifted Renault Duster from a dealership down south.
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As the images reveal, the 2019 Renault Duster Facelift will get new front end styling, with many design elements meant to make the SUV look like the second generation model, which is already on sale in Europe, and that has been skipped for the Indian market. These elements include a heavily chromed front grille, a new front bumper and new headlamps with projectors and daytime running LEDs.
On the sides, the bigger change is the revised design for the alloy wheels, which look a lot more contemporary. At the rear, changes are extensive. The tail lamps go LED and get a major revision in design while the boot sees black cladding. The Duster will also be available in a new, electric blue colour that looks similar to the shade of blue that the Kwid Climber is offered with.
On the inside again there are elements that make the facelifted Duster look more like the international-spec 2nd generation model. One such thing is the steering wheel, which looks good and should feel much better to hold. The AC vents on the center console get a classier, squarish shape while the touchscreen MediaNav infotainment unit with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, navigation and many other interesting functions is carried over to the facelifted car. The seat fabric is new, and so is the door trim design. Expect a creature comfort or two to be added on the SUV to make it more appealing in the face of increased competition. Safety features could see a boost with 4 airbags, reverse parking sensors, possibly a reverse camera, ABS+EBD, speed alerts, cruise control, speed limiter, seat belt reminders, traction control, ESP and hill hold coming as standard on the all wheel drive variant and the RXZ trims of the front wheel driven variants.
There are rumours that Renault would offer the all wheel drive option on a lower RXS trim to make it more accessible to off roading enthusiasts. If that happens, the Duster will be one of the most affordable and well rounded go anywhere compact SUVs sold in India. Prices of the facelifted SUV are likely to be more or less the same, according to our sources at Renault dealerships. This makes sense considering the fact that the Duster, although a very competent compact SUV with brilliant ride quality and a rugged build, is nearly 7 years old in the Indian market, and in fact has moved a generation ahead internationally. A mouth watering price tag along with adequate differentiation such as an all wheel drive layout, independent suspension and lots of safety features should give the Duster a lease of life for the next year or two.