The new-gen Renault Duster is likely to be launched before Diwali 2019.
Renault had launched the Captur 5-seater SUV in India in early 2019. The SUV failed to meet the company’s expectations in terms of sales volume. In fact, Renault dealers are giving up to 4 lakh discount to exhaust the existing stock. It is expected that Renault would again focus on its one of the most popular SUVs – Duster to regain lost market share. The company will launch the next-generation Duster in the Indian market this year.
Besides Duster, the French automaker will launch a new MPV codenamed RBC and the Kwid facelift. The new MPV will be based on the CMF-A platform, which will be modified for better structural integrity. The new Duster is expected to arrive in the second half of 2019, most probably before Diwali.
The new model is built on the existing MO platform that underpins the Captur and Nissan Kicks. This platform is modified with stronger components to improve the structural integrity. The new-gen Renault Duster is already on sale in select international markets. It comes with more mature looks, thanks to the comprehensive aesthetic updates. It comes with Renault’s signature grille, sleeker headlamps, new LED DRLS and wider air-dam grille. Some of the styling bits include aluminium roof rails, bigger rear haunches, wide fenders and uniquely styled rear lighting. Also See – Renault Duster 2019 – 6 Things To Know
Renault has also made several changes to the cabin, which is claimed to offer premium features and more space. The windscreen has been moved ahead by 100mm, which results into more space inside the cabin. The new model will have advanced MEDIANAV, steering mounted controls, 8-way adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support, automatic climate control, etc.
The new-gen Renault Duster will be powered by the existing 1.5-litre diesel engine that also powers the Kicks. It is capable of producing 108bhp of power and 248Nm of torque. The gasoline version will receive the 1.5-litre unit. Both engines will be compliant with BSVI emission norms.