The Duster was the most successful product for Renault. However, now the popularity of the Duster has diminished because of other mid-size SUVs that have been launched in our country. Another reason why the sales of the Duster diminished is that Renault never really updated it thoroughly. The basic design of the current Duster is similar to the first generation one. However, in the international market, Renault has released newer versions of the SUV and added more features and made it more modern over time. The manufacturer is working on another facelift for the international markets. The SUV has recently been spied during a TVC that too without camouflage so it reveals quite a bit of detail.
The facelift is based on the second generation of Duster which is not offered in India. In the spy shots we can see updated front LED headlamps that look sleeker and meaner. While we don’t have the shots of the rear, there are updated LED tail lamps too. There is a large silver skid plate up-front flanked by fog lamps. The bumper has also been redesigned for a more aggressive front look.
Coming to the side, there are some redesigned diamond-cut alloy wheels. The roof rails and the outside rearview mirrors are finished in silver. The windows are blacked-out and it comes with body-coloured door handles. The 2021 Duster should debut in the international market in the upcoming months.
There are no announcements from Renault about updating the Duster in India. Currently, it starts at Rs. 9.73 lakhs ex-showroom and goes all the way upto Rs. 14.12 lakhs ex-showroom. It is offered in two petrol engine options. Renault discontinued the beloved diesel engine when the BS6 emission norms kicked in. There is now a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine and a 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine.
The 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine produces 106 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 142 Nm. It is offered with only a 5-speed manual gearbox. Then there is the highlight of the Duster. The 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine produces 156 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 254 Nm. It is offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-step CVT automatic gearbox. This engine makes the Duster, the most powerful mid-size SUV in the segment.
The Duster was also offered with an all-wheel-drive system with its diesel engine. However, that too was discontinued when the diesel engine was killed. The Duster competes against the Nissan Kicks, Kia Seltos, Hyundai Creta, Maruti Suzuki S-Cross, Mahindra Scorpio, Skoda Kushaq and the upcoming Volkswagen Taigun.
The Duster offers a good boot space of 475-litres. It has a ground clearance of 205 mm which is enough to tackle bad patches of Indian roads. Renault offers the Duster in three variants. There is RXE, RXS and RXZ. The Turbo petrol engine is offered with all three variants and you can opt for the CVT automatic transmission in the top two variants which are RXS and RXZ. The naturally aspirated petrol engine is not offered with the base RXE variant.