Renault-Nissan has been drifting for a while now, with no real exciting car launch save for the likes of the Renault Kiger and Nissan Magnite. All that could change quite dramatically as the Indian business of Renault and Nissan is likely to get an investment of 500 US dollars. The half a billion dollars will go towards Indianizing the CMF-B platform, after which cars like the now discontinued Renault Duster will make a big comeback.
In the interim, Renault and Nissan will launch vehicles from its global range by bringing them in as completely built units (CBU). The all-new Duster based on the CMF- platform will be a petrol-only SUV at the outset, with an all-electric variant joining it in due course of time. Yes, the Indianized version of the CMF-B platform will support both petrol, hybrid and electric vehicles.
What’s the timeline for the new Duster?
2024-25. This clearly means that the all-new Duster it at least 2-3 years away from launch. With both Nissan and Renault having rapidly ageing car line-ups in the Indian market, the need of the hour is some excitement. This will be provided sometime next year, with Renault planning to launch the Arkana crossover coupe that uses the European Captur’s platform while Nissan brings in the likes of the X-Trail (Fortuner challenger) and the Juke.
Notably, Renault has been testing the Arkana on Indian roads, and the crossover coupe could hit the launch circuit shortly. Renault and Nissan have not confirmed the 500 million dollar fund infusion into their Indian joint venture yet. An announcement is expected shortly as the investment is said to be in its final stages of approval.
What does the global Renault Duster currently offer?
The Renault Duster – also badged Dacia in certain international markets – is sold with petrol, diesel and LPG powered engines. For the Indian market, the diesel engine is ruled out a Renault and Nissan have moved away from diesel due to tightening emission norms here. The 1.3 liter turbo petrol engine with about 154 Bhp of peak power and 250 Nm of peak torque is likely to be offered on the next-generation Duster sold in India.
We’ve already seen this engine on the previous generation Duster, and even the current-gen Nissan Kicks uses the same motor. A 6 speed dual clutch automatic gearbox option is likely to be on offer with a 6 speed manual serving on lower trims. While Renault offers a four wheel drive system on the Duster sold abroad, it remains to be seen if this option is brought to the Indian market as well given the low demand for such variants.
Other new features on the new Duster could include a blind spot warning system, 360 degree camera, park assist, connected car technology, a sunroof, a nw infotainment touchscreen and possibly ADAS (advanced driver assistance system).