French manufacturer Renault has launched the facelifted version of the Duster compact SUV in India today. The Duster facelift has been priced at Rs. 7.99 lakh for the base RxE Petrol variant while the top-end RXS AWD variant has been priced at Rs. 12.49 lakh. The Duster rivals the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Honda BR-V and the Nissan Kicks among others in the segment. Being a facelift, not much has changed on this new Duster when compared to the ongoing model but a closer inspection will reveal some of the changes easily. Here are the prices of all the variants of the new Duster facelift.
Towards the front, Renault has updated the headlamps which now are projector units and have LED DRLs as well. The grille is now slightly bigger than the model it replaces and comes with a chorme stud pattern which is similar to other Renault cars. The bonnet is now a piece that sits higher than the current model. This has been done in order to meet the new pedestrian protection norms. The car also gets revised fog lamp housings, black cladding beside the tail lamps stretching across the hatch lid and new 16-inch alloy wheels. The front and rear bumpers are also new along with redesigned roof rails. The colour scheme now includes two new exterior body colour options – ‘Caspian Blue’ and ‘Mahogany Brown’.
Coming to the changes made on the interiors, Renault has updated the upholstery which now sports a light-brown pattern while the dashboard is all black. The centre console has also been reworked and features wider AC vents along with sliver inserts in several areas. The instrument cluster has also been reworked slightly while a major change comes in the form of a new steering wheel. Also present is a 17.64 cm touchscreen MediaNAV Evolution infotainment system that features Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Voice Recognition and EcoGuide.
Other features on the car include ARKAMYS audio with 4 speakers and 2 new front tweeters, fully automatic climate control, cooled glovebox and cruise control among others. On the safety front, the new Duster is BNCAP front, side & pedestrian crash norms compliant. It is equipped with a host of active and passive safety features like Antilock-Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), driver and passenger airbags, rear parking sensors, seat belt reminder & speed alert. All these safety features are standard across all versions of the new Renault Duster. Also present is reverse parking camera, Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and Hill-Start Assist enhance the SUV capability of Duster.
The new facelifted Renault Duster is powered by the same set of engines as found on the model it replaces. The petrol engine is a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated unit churning out 106 Bhp of power along with 140 Nm of torque. This engine gets two gearbox options: a 5-speed manual and a CVT automatic. The diesel engine is the 1.5-litre K9K turbocharged unit that is available in two states of tune – lower output of 85 Bhp-200 Nm and higher output of 108 Bhp-245 Nm. The diesel engine in the lower state of tune gets a 5-speed manual gearbox while the one in the higher state of tune gets 6-speed manual and AMT options.