Renault has been testing the Duster facelift in India since some time now. Several spy shots of the compact SUV have surfaced till date that gives us a pretty good idea of how the car is going to turn up like. Now, Renault has itself released a teaser image of the upcoming facelift version of its once popular Duster compact SUV that rivals the like of the Hyundai Creta and the Nissan Kicks among others. Visually, not much has changed on this Duster facelift when compared to the ongoing model but look closely and you’ll find a few tweaks. The SUV will be launched on 9th July.
The first thing to be noticed is the new updated headlamps on the Duster that are projector units and have LED DRLs as well. The grille design has been updated and it is now larger in size along with wearing chrome ornaments. Also seen in the teaser image is a small part of the new sculpted bonnet with a higher bonnet line. The bonnet has been raised on the Duster facelift in order to meet pedestrian protection norms.
Though the teaser image reveals only a few details, we can tell you that the new Duster will also feature revised fog lamp housings, new surrounds for the tail lamps that stretch across the hatch lid and new alloy wheels. Renault will also offer a new blue shade with the Duster which will be the same as seen in the teaser here. The French manufacturer could also offer a few new paint shades with the facelifted Duster.
Talking about the interiors, the new facelifted Duster will probably feature updated upholstery along with a revised colour theme. It will also get a new steering wheel, rectangular AC vents on the centre console along with faux aluminium inserts to liven up the cabin. Also present will be an upgraded infotainment system that will come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity features.
As for the engine and transmission, they will remain the same as found on the current model. The ongoing model gets two engine options. There is a petrol engine that is a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated unit churning out 106 Bhp of power along with 140 Nm of torque. This engine gets two gearbox options: a 5-speed manual and a CVT automatic. The diesel engine is the 1.5-litre K9K turbocharged unit that is available in two states of tune – lower output of 85 Bhp-200 Nm and higher output of 108 Bhp-240 Nm.
The diesel engine in the lower state of tune gets a 5-speed manual gearbox while the one in the higher state of tune gets 6-speed manual and AMT options. This diesel engine may be discontinued though after the BSVI emissions norms come into play from April 2020. Renault will launch the Duster Facelift in a week from now, with no increase in prices.