In recent years, numerous speculations claimed that the French automaker Renault’s popular moniker, the Duster, would make a comeback in the form of the Bigster SUV concept showcased by the brand. Well, the recent spy shots of the next-gen Duster confirm that the model internationally will indeed be based on the Bigster concept and will boast mammoth size, along with a great road presence.
Recent spy photographs from Australia show the SUV being tested wearing full-body camouflage, which hides the details of the SUV. However, it can easily be figured out that the model being tested looks exactly like the Bigster concept. The SUV gets a muscular appearance from the front, sides, and rear and boasts the proportions of a perfect SUV.
In the recent spy photographs, the Duster can be seen inheriting the Bigster’s front-end styling, which includes the new Dacia logo, air intakes on each side of the front bumper, and narrow LED daytime running lights. The wheel-arch extensions are also comparable. The vehicle looks to have very similar LED tail lights to the concept car under the black and white camouflage.
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The door handles were the sole distinguishing feature between the Duster and Bigster concepts. For the front driver and passenger side doors, this prototype was spotted with conventional door handles rather than flush handles. On the C-pillar, though, the back door handles are still visible. It is anticipated that the third-generation Duster would also boast an expanded and roomier interior.
Just a few days ago, it was reported that Renault is planning to bring the Duster back to life in India, and for our country, it will be based on Renault-Nissan’s new CMF-B platform. It was also claimed that Renault is preparing to invest more than Rs 4,000 crore in India to launch the new CMF-B platform, which would pave the way for the arrival of other new cars, including the next Duster generation. Now reports suggest that the long-discussed midsize SUV will hit the market between 2024 and 2025.
The debut of the original generation Duster in India back in 2012 was a significant turning point for the company. If the Renault Duster does make a reappearance there, it may benefit the French manufacturer significantly. The Koleos SUV and Fluence sedan, the company’s previous products in India, were more of luxury cars that were sold in limited numbers using the CKD process. The Duster, however, was the company’s first-ever mass-market product in that country. The Duster was the first midsize SUV with a monocoque architecture, which sparked the emergence of a whole new market segment that later attracted and was dominated by SUVs like the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos.
The Duster also marked the introduction of Renault’s B0 platform, which underpinned a number of cars, including the Lodgy, Captur, and Duster from Renault, as well as the Terrano and Kicks from Nissan. The forthcoming CMF-B platform will be the successor to this popular platform.
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