The next-generation Duster is already under development, and it all set to become a seven seater. Yes, Renault will expand the new Duster range with 5 and 7 seat models. Both new versions will be longer than the current Duster, but will use the same platform as the latter but with a 200 mm longer wheelbase.
The all-new Duster will be launched globally next year, but with 5 seats. The 7 seat model, which could be called the Grand Duster, will arrive a year later. If launched in India, the 7 seat model could take on the likes of the top-selling Mahindra XUV500. A 4,700 mm length will put it right in Tata Hexa territory.
The next-gen Duster range will get completely revamped styling. Both the front and rear end styling could see some sobering down while the prominent fender design is expected to be retained. Inside too, expect the new SUV to get more premium.
Both SUVs are likely to get a new 1.6 liter turbo diesel engine (130 Bhp-320 Nm) that Renault currently uses in the Kadjar. The petrol motor is expected to be a 1.2 liter turbocharged unit. Both manual and automatic transmissions are likely to be on offer, as is the case with the current-gen versions.
A four wheel drive option will also be offered on select variants of the new Duster. India is likely to continue as a production hub for the new Duster but it’ll be interesting to see whether Renault will sell both 5 and 7 seat options here. The latter appears doubtful for now as the French automaker is readying up the Kaptur for India.
The Kaptur is a 7 seat crossover that’s already been introduced in Russia, and that’ll hit Indian roads next year. So, the next-gen Duster for India could continue as a seven seater, but with a major increase in length. The additional length should address the shortcomings of the current-Duster, which include a cramped second row.
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