Dacia, a sub-brand of Renault recently showcased the Bigster Concept. The new design resembled a lot with the Duster. Where the Bigster was a 7-seater concept, Duster is offered as a 5-seater SUV. Here an artist has imagined the new generation of Duster based on the Bigster Concept and it does look quite nice, especially considering that in India Duster has not received a significant update for many years. Due to which its design does not look modern and as attractive when compared to other mid-size SUVs. He calls the new generation the ‘Grand Duster’.
The rendering here derives a lot of styling cues from the Bigster Concept. We can see that the X-shaped LED Daytime Running Lamps have been modified which now looks more like Thor’s hammer which Volvo uses in all of their models. We can see the Renaults badge with a simple and sleek grille with three chrome slats that we have seen on other Renault models. There is a huge faux skid plate which is flanked by fog lamps. The bonnet has a lot of creases to emphasise on the SUV stance of the Grand Duster. The side profile of the SUV gets chunky body cladding, trapezoidal wheel arches, roof rails and 5-spoke alloy wheels. The front and rear wheel arches are bulged to emphasise on SUV proportions. What also helps is that the vehicle is quite wide with a huge glass area. The outside rearview mirrors have been blacked-out which goes with the white paint scheme and the black body cladding and roof rails.
At the rear, we can see more trapezoidal elements. The tailgate, faux skid plate and the rear spoiler gets the same elements. The tail lamps are placed vertically and are sleek. You might get a Volvo vibe from the tail lamps because they have been using the vertical tail lamps for all of their SUVs. There is no picture of the interior shown by the artist. Overall, the design does look much better than the current Duster. Having said that the design would require some tweaking because it does resemble the Volvo’s design philosophy a lot especially the headlamps and the tail lamps.
Currently, Renault is working on launching its Kiger compact-SUV. The Kiger Concept was showcased last year and it will debut in the Indian market on 28th January. It will be underpinned by CMF-A+ platform which also underpinned the Nissan Triber and recently launched Nissan Magnite. Being sister companies, Renault will be sharing the engine, features, components and engines with the Nissan. So, The Kiger will get the same set of engines as the Magnite. So, there will be a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine that produces 71 bhp of max power and a peak torque output of 96 Nm. It will only be offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox. Then there will be the 1.0-litre turbocharged, three-cylinder petrol engine that produces 100 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 160 Nm. It will be offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox or a CVT automatic gearbox. The Kiger will be manufactured at Renault-Nissan Alliance plant located at Oragadam. We expect the price of Renault Kiger to start from Rs. 5.8 lakhs ex-showroom.