French automaker Renault will launch the facelifted version of the Duster compact SUV on the 8th of July. The facelifted Duster has already begun reaching dealerships across the country. The compact SUV gets a slew of design changes to make it look fresher than before, inside out. It also gets many new features on the inside. The automaker is also likely to go in for a variant re-jig while keeping pricing unchanged. For now, here is a walkaround video of the top-end RxZ trim of the Duster. The video shows both the inside and outside of the SUV. Here, check it out.
As the video indicates, the Duster will be offered in a fetching new colour: Blue, which gives the SUV a distinct look. This colour in itself should help the SUV stand out on the road. The facelifted version gets a heavily chromed, large front grille, new front bumper, new headlamps with LED DRLs and projectors, a reprofiled bonnet meant to comply with India’s new pedestrian safety norms under the Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP). The alloy wheels get a revision even as the overall profile of the SUV remains unchanged. At the rear, the SUV gets some dechroming, with a matte finish for the Duster nameplate on the hatchlid. The rear bumper also sees minor changes while the tail lamps get a different design.
On the inside, the first change that’ll greet the driver is the new steering, which looks quite premium. On the dashboard, the centrally placed air conditioning vents get a new design while the interiors now get an all-black scheme save for the beige headliner. The seats get different upholstery but the overall design remains the same. The new upholstery is carried over to the door trims as well. The top-end version of the SUV will get cruise control, a touchscreen infotainment system – possibly with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay built-in and a lumbar adjust for the driver’s seat, which also gets an armrest. Under the hood, the familiar 1.5 liter turbocharged diesel engine with 108 Bhp-245 Nm will be retained, along with a 6 speed manual gearbox. The RxS trim of the SUV is likely to get a 6 speed AMT. Renault is said to be coming up with a lower trim for the all wheel drive model: RxS.
The all wheel drive Duster in RxS trim is likely to be about Rs. 1 lakh cheaper than the top-end RxZ trim. It’s likely that even the RxZ trim will get an all wheel drive option. Also, rumours indicate that Renault will discontinue the 84 Bhp-200 Nm tune for the 1.5 liter diesel engine. The 1.5 liter petrol engine with 104 Bhp-145 Nm on tap is expected to be retained, with both 5 speed manual and CVT automatic gearboxes. Prices of the Duster range are likely to be unchanged – variant to variant. The new AWD equipped Duster RxS will get a different price tag though.