The new generation Renault Duster might have its India debut at the 2018 Auto Expo in February.
The New Renault Duster 2018 receives comprehensive design changes, fresh technology and all-new interior.
Renault’s highly-popular compact SUV – Duster is all set for a generation change. The company unveiled the new 2018 Renault Duster under the Dacia brand at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The vehicle will first go on sale in the European markets (under Dacia badge), followed by other emerging markets including Brazil, Russia and India.
The India-bound 2018 Renault Duster has finally been revealed via official pictures. The new model looks quite similar to the New Dacia Duster. The SUV’s next generation model receives comprehensive design changes, fresh technology and all-new interior. Though, the overall contours from the current model remain unchanged.
-Wide air-dam grille
-High ground clearance
-Redesigned door mirrors
-New touchscreen infotainment system
-Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
-Five seat configuration
It was speculated that the new-gen Duster will be offered with two seating layout – 5-and 7-seater; that didn’t happen. Instead, the French automaker unveiled the 5-seater model. The vehicle was first showcased under the Dacia brand at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. A seven-seater version of the SUV could make its global debut in late 2018; while launch could take place in 2019. The company is yet to make an official announcement on the launch of the 7-seater version of the SUV.
Renault is expected to launch both 5-and 7-seater version of the Duster SUV in the Indian market; however, the company is yet to make an official announcement on the same. As for the launch, the French automaker could roll-out new Duster in India either in 2018 or 2019. The French automaker might unveil the SUV at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo in February. Read More – Upcoming New Renault Cars In India
|Minimum||Rs 10 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 15 lakh|
With copious cosmetic updates, upmarket interior and new features, the new Duster might witness a minor price hike. The new-gen model could be priced as low as Rs 10 lakh for the base variant and Rs 15 lakh for the top-end model. Read: Renault Captur Crossover – All You Need To Know
In India, the 2018 Duster will compete with rivals such as Hyundai Creta, Honda BR-V, Maruti Suzuki S-Cross and other models in the compact SUV segment. Besides, the SUV will also take on Mahindra Scorpio and Tata Safari Storme. If it comes with a seven-seat option, the SUV will rival the Honda BRV, Tata Hexa & Mahindra XUV500.
The next generation Duster sits on the modified version of the BO/Logan platform that underpins the current generation Duster. In terms of styling, the SUV gets copious aesthetic changes. The India-bound model features signature Renault badge and an Alaskan design inspired unique grille. The sleeker headlamps are pushed out to the corners. The car also gets new LED daytime running lamps, wide air-dam grille and new crease lines on the bonnet along with a new scratch resistant chrome-finish skid plate. The vehicle comes with a higher belt line that adds to its sporty design and also strengthens the body. It features a raked windscreen that has been moved out by 100mm to create extra space inside the cabin. Check Out – New Renault Duster Photo Story
The 2018 Duster runs on 5-spoke, 17-inch alloy wheels. It comes with a wider track and revised side panels for flared wheel arches. Other design changes include aluminium roof rails, bigger rear haunches and a new rear lighting signature. The flared wheel arches have been fitted to newly developed 17-inch alloy wheels. The SUV is retains the high ground clearance and wide fenders, whereas the wing mirrors gets a design upgrade. The overall dimensions of the compact SUV are largely identical, but the French automaker claims that the SUV’s body panels are new. Proportionally, the 2018 Duster is 4.34m long and 1.80m wide with a ground clearance of 210mm. It approach, departure and breakover angles stand at 30, 33 and 21 degrees respectively. Read – All New Renault MPV In the Works
Inside the cabin, the next gen model receives comprehensive updates for a more upmarket and plusher look. The new 2018 Renault Duster is equipped with a new four-spoke multifunctional steering wheel and a large touchscreen infotainment system as we have seen on the Dacia Duster. The infotainment system is compatible with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink. There are three round-shaped air conditioning vents in the middle and one at each end of the dashboard.
The SUV gets centre console integrated MediaNav Evolution touchscreen AVN. It also features all-black dashboard with aluminium trim on the passenger side and a splash of orange on the central tunnel and door panels. It also gets a rotary dial, which is placed next to the gear lever. This is likely to be the control for the all-wheel drive system. It will also get soft touch materials, new upholstery for seats, new automatic climate control with rear AC vents and new instrument console. Read About – New Renault Kwid Based Compat SUV
|Power||105bhp||84bhp & 108bhp|
|Torque||142Nm||208bhp & 248bhp|
|Gearbox||5-speed MT & CVT||6-speed manual & AMT|
Engine lineup will vary for different markets that said the European spec model will be equipped with a 1.2-litre, TCe petrol unit that is good for 124bhp and the 1.6-litre oil burner with 130bhp of power. Few of the European markets will also get the 1.5-litre K9K diesel engine that also powers the India-spec model. Transmission choices are unlikely to change, the SUV is expected to continue with the 5MT, 6MT, 6EDC and 6AMT units. As for the Indian market, the company is yet to reveal the engine details. However, reports suggest that the 1.5-litre petrol and diesel units could be retained. Additionally, the SUV could get an all-new engine.
The 1.5-litre petrol engine, paired to either 5-speed MT & CVT, is capable of producing 105bhp of power and 142Nm of torque. On the other hand, the oil burner offers two states of tunes – 84bhp/208Nm and 108bhp/248Nm. Transmission options will include a 6-speed manual and an AMT unit. Read: This new Renault Sedan to Challenge Maruti Dzire
Since there is yet no certainty on the engine set up, therefore it would be a bit early to comment on the fuel economy. The estimates however suggest that the petrol version could deliver 13kmpl and the diesel unit will return 19kmpl.
Renault claims that the windscreen of the SUV has been moved ahead by 100mm, which carved our more space inside the cabin. The new model receives improved quality for material used for ergonomics and feature content. Besides, the SUV will come with a range of options for upholstery and other bits for the better cabin comfort.
Interior of the new Duster has been designed more ergonomically. Similar to the current generation, the new model will come with 5-seats layout. Though, it will have more cabin space to offer – thanks to its moved windscreen. That means, there will be more space for the rear seat passengers. The boot space could also been better than the current model. Check Out – Renault Captur Picture Gallery
For passengers’ safety and security, the SUV will get dual front airbags, ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic BrakeForce Distribution) as standard. Besides, it will also get 4×4 all-wheel-drive system with Locking differential lock with multiple driving modes. The SUV will also get ESP, hill launch assist, rear parking camera with sensors, etc.
Sporting comprehensive design updates, the next-generation Duster looks more premium and sportier than the current model. Besides this, the SUV will offer more generous cabin space than before. It will also come with a pack of new comfort and connectivity features. All these new attributes will surely make the new Duster a more all-round package. Though, the SUV is likely to retain its existing engine setup.