Renault green-lights next gen Duster for Indian market

Renault India has will be bringing the new generation of Duster to the Indian market. This will be the third generation of Duster. Renault is still working on it and it will make its global debut in 2023-2024. We never got the second-gen Duster in our country.

Renault green-lights next gen Duster for Indian market

The third-gen Duster will be based on CMF-B modular platform that belongs to Renault-Nissan Alliance. The platform is already being used on vehicles like Sandero and Logan.

The new platform is a major improvement in terms of driveability and safety when compared to the platform that is currently being used. The new platform will allow Renault to electrify the new-gen Duster. Moreover, it will be compatible with a hybrid powertrain. The hybrid setup is expected to be taken from Clio and Captur that are currently being sold in Europe.

Renault green-lights next gen Duster for Indian market

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The 1.6-litre petrol engine will be replaced with a 1.8-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine. The new engine also supports the Atkinson cycle which is being used on Toyota’s hybrid cars. The main focus will be on efficiency rather than power. Moreover, there could also be two electric motors for the hybrid setup.

New-gen Duster could be based on Bigster 

Renault green-lights next gen Duster for Indian market

Last year, Dacia showcased the Bigster Concept. The new concept looked like an evolved version of the current Duster. Bigster measures 4.6 metres in length which is larger than the current Duster. In fact, Duster was launched by Dacia in the foreign markets and it was rebadged as Renaut in India. This happened because Dacia is a budget brand from Renault.

The Bigster looks butch because of its stance. It is quite wide and has pronounced wheel arches and rear haunches. The grille is sleek and there is a large skid plate in the front. There are vertical slits in the corners of the bumper which smoothes out the airflow over the wheel arches.

Renault green-lights next gen Duster for Indian market

The design is still boxy and squared-off. There are roof rails and the rear door handles are hidden in the C-pillar. The overhangs are short so the SUV should be able to perform well during off-roading. The original Duster came was offered with an all-wheel-drive system but it is not available now. We hope that the new-gen Duster is also offered with an all-wheel-drive system.

Renault green-lights next gen Duster for Indian market

At the rear, there is a huge skid plate and a flat tailgate. The LED tail lamps are “Y” in shape. In fact, the front headlamps also are “Y” in shape. We are expecting that the production-spec Bigster would come with Y-shaped LED Daytime Running Lamps.

Renault’s current line-up

Currently, Renault has four cars on sale. The line-up starts with the Kwid hatchback which has performed well in the Indian market. Then there is Triber which is currently the most affordable 7-seater vehicle in the market. Then we have the Kiger which is the latest vehicle to be launched by Renault. Kiger has been performing really well for Renault. Finally, we have the Duster which has not received any substantial update since it was first launched. So, it does seem a bit outdated against the rivals.