Renault, the French automaker has officially revealed the 2018 Dacia Duster (New Renault Duster) to the media in France. Set to make public debut at Frankfurt Motor Show, the new Duster looks more premium and features an evolutionary design. It will first go on sale in the European markets under Dacia brand, while India launch is likely to take place in the second half of 2018.
It is expected that Renault could unveil the new Duster at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo in February. Going by the pictures, it is visible that Renault hasn't made substantial changes to the overall dimensions of the SUV. The outgoing model measures 4,316mm, 1,822mm and 1,630mm in length, width and height, respectively.
The company is yet to release the specifications and interior details of the SUV. It was speculated that the new model could be developed on Renault-Nissan Alliance's CMF-A platform. Instead, the company used the existing Logan/BO platform to develop the second generation Duster.
While the base models will feature a front-wheel-drive system, the top-end models will be equipped with a 4x4 drivetrain. This will help the French automaker to price this vehicle aggressively. The European model is expected to get a 1.2-litre TCe petrol engine and a 1.5-litre K9K diesel engine.
The India-spec model will continue with the existing 1.5-litre petrol and 1.5-litre K9K diesel engines. Transmission options will include a 5-speed MT (Petrol), a 6-speed MT (Diesel), a CVT automatic (Petrol) and an AMT gearbox (Diesel).
The next-gen Duster comes with an all-new design; however, the overall profile of the car is similar to the existing model. The company claims that the SUV gets all-new body panels. The latest generation model has a wider track and revised side panels for the bigger wheel arches.
The windscreen has been moved forward by 100mm, which turns into spacious cabin. Changes to the exterior include a new clamshell bonnet, a wider air-dam grille with angular chrome inserts and leaner headlamps. The flared wheel arches have been fitted to large 17-inch alloy wheels. However, the entry-level variants will continue to feature the 15- and 16-inch wheels.
Other exterior design updates include squared shaped taillight, standard-fit LED daytime running lights, rugged silver skid plates, aluminium-accented roof bars, roof mounted spoiler and newly designed ORVMs with integrated blinkers.
The cabin of the SUV is expected to get a more upmarket and plush look. It will be equipped with a new touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. The SUV will get improved quality for material and several high-end features.