The Renault Duster, or rather the Dacia Duster, has been spotted testing in Europe with camouflage masking its front and rear. Speculation is rife that the facelifted Renault Duster would likely be launched later this year.
Since it’s a pretty minor facelift, going by the images available on AutoEvolution.com, we don’t see why Renault India too shouldn’t implement this facelift on the Duster. The heavily camouflaged Duster doesn’t quite give off the looks of the new Duster, but if the headlamps are even partly designed on the lines of the Dacia D-Cross concept that was showcased at Sao Paulo in October, this new Duster should be a stunner. Also read: Renault Duster modification by DC design for Rs. 3.49 lakh
Renault Duster D-Cross concept photo
There don’t appear to be any sheet metal changes to the Renault Duster as the sides remain unmasked and are exactly like the current Duster with no dimensional changes. The headlamps are likely to be different and more angular. Renault may give up the present twin-beam design for a projector, halogen combination or a single lens design. The grille is likely to change to a sleeker, sportier single-bar design. On the spy shot, the bumper design doesn’t appear to have changed, although the one on the D-Cross concept looks a lot better.
At the rear, the tail-lamps are likely to get a new design, and would probably overlap on to the boot lid like the ones on the Ford EcoSport, although the lamp on the boot portion may not be functional, and present only as a design element. Also read: Renault Duster vs Ford EcoSport, features and specs compared
Dacia Duster facelift spyshot photo from AutoEvolution.com
Renault India has been having a good run with the Renault Duster, selling 44,550 Dusters in India alone since its launch in July 2012, at an average of close to 5,000 Dusters a month! Although the Duster is available with both petrol and diesel engine choices, it’s the diesel Dusters that have been selling the most – equally divided between the 85PS variant and the 110PS variant. Now, with the upcoming Ford EcoSport and newer Mahindra XUV500 variants being planned, the Renault Duster needs to freshen up if it wants to stay in the lead. Also read: All you wanted to know about the Renault Duster
Photo credit: Autoevolution.com