Renault India is all set to launch the facelifted Duster compact SUV in India later today. The facelifted Duster is likely to motor on for a couple of more years even as Renault plans to skip one full generation (2nd gen) of the SUV and directly bring the third generation model to India sometime in 2022. Until then, the current Duster, with a facelift or two, will be Renault’s mainstay in the SUV segment in India considering the fact that the Captur has been a poor seller right from launch. Renault is also planning to launch a sub-4 meter compact SUV in India, based on the Kwid’s CMF-A platform. The sub-4 meter compact SUV, which will rival the likes of the Maruti Vitara Brezza, Hyundai Venue and Tata Nexon, will be launched next year. Coming back to the facelifted Duster launching later today, the SUV will retain the prices of the pre-facelift model, at least for the lower variants, which means that the starting price will continue to be an attractive Rs. 7.99 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi.
The facelifted Duster is likely to get as many as 25 changes, inside out. Mechanicals will remain unchanged though. Key changes to the car’s design at front will be addition of a massive, heavily chromed front grille, a new front bumper with skid plate, revised fog lamp housing with a chrome decorative element and projector headlamps with LED DRLs. The alloy wheels get a new design, making the profile of the Duster fresher.
At the rear, the tail lamps and bumper are new while the Duster badge now dumps chrome for a matte black finish. On the inside, the dashboard gets revised AC vents on the center console, which gets a rectangular shape. The center console hosts the familiar MediaNAV touchscreen infotainment console with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The seat fabric is new and so are the trims on the door, which receive a contrast stitching. There’s a cooled glove box as well. The facelifted Duster gets a striking new Blue paint scheme.
Under the hood, the petrol powered variants of the SUV will use the familiar, 1.5 liter-4 cylinder H4K naturally aspirated motor with 104 Bhp of peak power and 142 Nm of peak torque. The petrol engine will be offered only with a front wheel drive layout, with two gearbox options to choose from: a 5 speed manual and a CVT automatic. The diesel powered Duster is likely to do away with the 84 Bhp-200 Nm state of tune for the 1.5 liter-4 cylinder K9K turbocharged diesel motor, instead choosing to go with the 108 Bhp-240 Nm state of tune across all diesel variants. Rumours on the internet suggest that Renault would offer a RxS trim with the all wheel drive (AWD) variant. The diesel powered Duster will get 2 gearbox options: a 6 speed manual and AMT for the front wheel drive variants, and a 6 speed manual with shorter 1st and 2nd gears for the AWD version. Over to the launch now.