– India-bound new Renault Duster will make its global debut in August.
– It might be launched either this year or next year.
– Price of the new model could be between Rs 10-15 lakh.
– The SUV revives significant cosmetic and feature upgrades.
The New Renault Duster 2018 receives comprehensive design changes, fresh technology and all-new interior.
Renault’s highly-popular compact SUV, the Duster is all set to witness a generation change in India. Revealed via official pictures in November last year, the India-bound model new 2018 Renault Duster will have its world premiere at the Moscow International Motor Show (MIAS). The event is scheduled to begin on 27th August, 2018. First previewed at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show (under Dacia badge), the Renault Duster will first see a release in the European markets.
The SUV will also make its way to other emerging markets such as Brazil, Russia and India. The new India-bound model shares strong resemblance to the New Dacia Duster. Cosmetically, the SUV’s next generation model has witnessed comprehensive design and styling updates. Though, the overall contours from the current model remain unchanged. Besides this, the car gets all-new interior and advanced technology.
– New LED DRLs
– Wide air-dam grille
– Revised bonnet
– New scratch resistant chrome finish skid plate
– Repositioned raked windscreen
– 5-spoke, 17-inch alloys with a wider track
– Revised side panels
– Aluminium roof rails
– Bigger rear haunches
– New rear lighting signature
– High ground clearance
– Wide fenders
– New four-spoke multifunctional steering wheel
– Large touchscreen infotainment system
– Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink
– Three round-shaped air conditioning vents
– MediaNav Evolution touchscreen AVN
– All-black dashboard with aluminium trim on the passenger side
– Orange accent on the central tunnel and door panels
– Soft touch materials
– New upholstery for seats
– New automatic climate control with rear AC vents
– New instrument console
– Dual front airbags
– ABS with EBD
– Hill launch assist
– Parking camera with sensors
– 4×4 AWD system with Locking differential lock
– Multiple driving modes
The SUV’s new-generation model will first go on sale in the European markets, followed by its India launch. Renault hasn’t yet revealed the launch timeline of the vehicle. Speculations are on rife that the new Duster 2018 will hit Indian shores either in 2018 or 2019. Prior to its launch, the vehicle will make its global debut at the 2018 Moscow Motor Show in August. Read More – Upcoming New Renault Cars In India
|Minimum||Rs 10 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 15 lakh|
With a handful of aesthetic updates, upmarket interior and new features, the new Duster 2018 might see a minor price hike. While the entry-level variant of the SUV is expected to be priced around Rs 10 lakh, the range-topping model could be priced at Rs 15 lakh (ex-showroom). Currently, the SUV comes in a total of 10 variants spread across three trims – RXE, EXL and RXS. Price of the car falls in the range of Rs 8.42 lakh – Rs 13.66 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Read: Renault Captur Crossover – All You Need To Know
In India, the new Renault Duster 2018 will continue to lock horns against the 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.
For the new-generation Duster, the French carmaker makes use of the modified version of the BO/Logan platform. It’s the same architecture that underpins the SUV’s current generation model. Visually, the new Renault Duster 2018 looks more mature – thanks to the comprehensive aesthetic updates. The India-bound model features signature Renault badge and an Alaskan design inspired unique grille. The sleeker headlamps are pushed out to the corners. Design elements such as 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 add more to its sportier appearance. The vehicle comes with a higher belt line that not only enhances new looks, but strengthens the body as well. 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 comes fitted with a pair of 5-spoke, 17-inch alloy wheels 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 SUV 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. With respect to dimension, 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
With significant design changes and a pack of new features, the interior of the next gen model appears more upmarket and plusher than the current model. The India-bound new 2018 Renault Duster shares some of its features with the Dacia Duster including a new four-spoke multifunctional steering wheel and a large touchscreen infotainment system. The infotainment system supports smartphone connectivity such as 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 centre console houses 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 offered with two powertrains – a 1.2-litre, TCe petrol unit and the 1.6-litre diesel. While the former generates a peak power of 124bhp, the latter one delivers 130bhp. Few of the European markets will also get the 1.5-litre K9K diesel engine that will also make its way to India. 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, dishes out a maximum power output of 105bhp and 142Nm of maximum 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. However, the estimates suggest that the new Duster petrol 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.