Scheduled to be unveiled at 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the new gen Renault Duster is likely to come in India in 2018-19.
The new 2018 Renault Duster is scheduled to make its global debut (under the Dacia badge) at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The company has already started testing the SUV on the European streets. Going by the media reports, the next gen Duster will also come to India sometime in 2018 or 2019. Ahead of its global debut, Auto Moto has come up with some important details and rendered images of the SUV. First launched in 2012 in India, Duster is set for a generation change and is expected to get comprehensive design changes, while the contours from the current model will be remain unchanged.
It was rumored that the next Duster will be based on Renault-Nissan Alliance’s CMF architecture; however, media reports suggest that the vehicle will continue to feature the BO/Logan platform. This platform will be modified to allow copious changes. The biggest change on the new generation Duster will be the addition of third row to accommodate two more adults. This model will have a longer wheelbase and is expected to be called the Grand Duster nameplate. In India, the company could launch both 5-and 7-seat versions of the SUV. Read More – Renault Kaptur Crossover India Launch This Festive Season
The next Gen Duster is expected to get an all-new design; however, styling traits from the existing model will also be on offer. Changes to the exterior are likely to include a clamshell hood, leaner headlamps, a wide air-dam grille with angular chrome inserts, square-shaped LED taillights, etc. . While the high ground clearance and wide fenders on the side are likely to be retained. The outside rear view mirrors are also likely to receive a new design.
Updates will also be made to the interior to give it a more upmarket and plush look. In addition, the SUV will get new features including the touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. It is expected that the new model will receive improved quality for material used for ergonomics and feature content. It is expected to get autonomous emergency braking system as optional. While the regular 5-sseat version will come with an overall length of 4.4m, the 7-seater could receive an increased wheelbase and length of around 4.44m. The seven-seat model is expected to be introduced in 2018.
As for the engines, the 1.2-litre TCe petrol engine will most likely be retained, whereas the 1.5-litre dCi oil burner could be replaced by the 1.6-litre dCi engine. The current-gen Duster is available with the 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre petrol and bi-fuel units in other markets. It is to be noted that the engine set will vary for different markets. Transmission choices on the other hand will include 5MT, 6MT, 6EDC and 6AMT. In India, the model is currently available with 1.5-litre petrol and diesel units in manual, CVT and AMT options.
The new-gen Duster will come with two seating layout – 5-and 7-seater. While the 5-seater version is scheduled to make its debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in September, the seven-seat model is expected to be unveiled in 2018. As for the Indian market, the SUV is expected to be launched in both five and seven seat layout. While Renault has not officially announced its launch plans for the new Duster, it is expected that the SUV could first be launched in five-seat layout in India, followed by the seven-seat as Grand Duster. As for the launch, Renault could roll-out new Duster in India either in 2018 or 2019. Read More – Upcoming New Renault Cars In India
|Minimum||Rs 10 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 15 lakh|
With copious cosmetic updates, upmarket interior, new features and additional row the new Duster is likely to receive slight price hike. We expect the SUV to fall in the price range of Rs 10 lakh to Rs 15 lakh.
|Power||105bhp||84bhp & 108bhp|
|Torque||142Nm||208bhp & 248bhp|
|Gearbox||5-speed MT & CVT||6-speed manual & AMT|
Engine set up will vary for different markets that said the Europe spec model is likely to get the 1.2-litre, TCe petrol unit good for 124bhp and the 1.6-litre oil burner with 130bhp of power. 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, there is yet no clarity on the engine details, though reports suggest that the 1.5-litre petrol and diesel units could be retained. Additionally, there could be a new engine on the line-up.
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.
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.
-Wide air-dam grille
-High ground clearance
-Redesigned door mirrors
-New touchscreen infotainment system
-Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
-Seven seat configuration
The new Renault Duster is expected to sit on the modified version of BO/Logan platform that underpins the current-gen Duster. In terms of styling, the SUV is expected to get copious aesthetic updates including the sleeker headlamps and wide air-dam grille up front. The SUV is expected to retain the high ground clearance and wide fenders, whereas the wing mirrors are likely to get a design upgrade. To accommodate additional row in the seven-seat layout, it will sit on a longer wheelbase, around 200mm longer than the current model.
Insides are also expected to receive comprehensive updates for a more upmarket and plusher look. As mentioned above, the 7-seat layout will get a longer wheelbase that will measure around 200mm more than the current five-seat version. Aside from styling updates, the cabin is expected to get additional features including a new touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto etc.
Image Courtesy – Auto-Moto.Com
To be developed on the thoroughly updated MO platform, the new generation 2018 Renault Duster will get significant design changes and improved cabin. The 2018 model will come with two seating configurations - 5 seats and 7-seats.