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Renault And Nissan Tease 4 New SUVs For India

Nissan Renault SUV teaser

Renault and Nissan have unveiled plans for the Indian market, revealing the development of four new SUVs – two from each brand, including their respective seven-seater variants. These SUVs will be based on the heavily localised CMF-B platform, known for its versatility and adaptability across various models.

Renault And Nissan Tease 4 New SUVs For India

The teaser images of the upcoming SUVs hint at their robust and stylish designs. While Renault’s offering is expected to revive the iconic ‘Duster’ nameplate, it will feature some distinctive styling elements, including redesigned headlamps and a restyled front bumper. On the other hand, the Nissan SUV will showcase unique L-shaped LED DRLs connected by a striking light bar across the front grille.

In response to the growing demand for three-row midsize SUVs, both Renault and Nissan will introduce seven-seater versions of their SUVs. These variants are likely to feature a longer wheelbase and distinctive styling cues, catering to larger families seeking spacious and versatile vehicles.

While the official launch timeline is yet to be announced, the new Renault Duster is anticipated to debut in India by late 2025. However, it’s expected that Renault and Nissan will roll out their five-seater SUVs first, followed by the seven-seater iterations. Moreover, the manufacturers have hinted at the introduction of two additional products, although details remain undisclosed.

Renault Duster

Renault And Nissan Tease 4 New SUVs For India

Several leaks indicate that the new Renault Duster features a rugged and stylish design. The Y-shaped LED DRLs meet the garnish on the front grille, and the headlamps are placed just under the DRLs. It also gets a muscular-looking bumper with fog lamps integrated into it. The side profile features black cladding along the lower part of the car and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Renault has moved away from diesel engines and will be offering the Duster with several petrol options. Internationally, there is a 1.6-litre hybrid petrol engine, a 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with a mild hybrid system, and a 1.0-litre petrol engine.

Renault Bigster

Renault And Nissan Tease 4 New SUVs For India

Renault is launching a 7-seater version of the Duster, called the Bigster, to compete in the Indian market. The Bigster will have similar design elements to the 5-seater Duster but with an extended length (around 4.6 meters) and a larger wheelbase to comfortably seat seven passengers. This extended version will likely feature larger rear doors for easier access to the third row.

The Bigster will focus only on petrol and hybrid powertrains. Engine options are expected to be carried over from the 5-seater Duster, including a 1.0-litre petrol-LPG unit, a 1.2-litre turbo-petrol mild hybrid with 130 horsepower, and a 1.6-litre full hybrid with an electric motor and a battery that allows for extended electric-only driving.

Renault And Nissan Tease 4 New SUVs For India

The 1.6-litre hybrid will be paired with an automatic transmission, while the others are likely to get manual transmissions. The Bigster will also be available in both 4×2 and 4×4 configurations for better handling on various terrains.

Nissan versions of both SUVs are expected to launch soon after the launch by Renault with some minor changes. The arrangement is expected to be similar to what it was when the likes of the Renault Duster and its badge-engineered sibling – Nissan Terrano – used to be sold in India.

Upon their arrival, these SUVs will enter a competitive market segment. The Duster will rival popular models like the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Skoda Kushaq, Volkswagen Taigun, Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, Toyota Hyryder, Honda Elevate, Citroen C3 Aircross, and the MG Astor.

At the same time, the Bigster will rival 7-seater cars such as Mahindra XUV 700 & Scorpio N, Hyundai Alcazar and Tata Safari. With the promise of innovative design, advanced features, and robust performance, the Renault and Nissan SUVs are set to make a significant impact in the Indian automotive landscape.