The new generation 2018 Renault Duster gets significant design changes and improved cabin.
The new 2018 Renault Duster SUV gets completely new design and improved cabin
Renault, the French automaker will launch the next generation Duster SUV in the Indian car market in late 2018 or early 2019. The company has already unveiled the new 2018 Renault Duster, but under the Dacia brand. Unveiled at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the next generation Duster receives comprehensive design changes, fresh technology and all-new interior. Though, the overall contours from the current model remain unchanged. The vehicle will first go on sale in the European markets under Dacia badge, followed by other emerging markets including Brazil, Russia and India.
Previous reports suggest that the next Duster will use the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s CMF modular platform; however, Renault sticks with the existing BO/Logan platform to develop this SUV. The company has modified this platform to allow copious changes. For instance, Renault has revealed the five-seater version of the SUV. Speculations are on rife that the French automaker is also working on a 7-seater version of the 2018 Renault Duster, which is likely to be unveiled in late 2018. This SUV will come with a longer wheelbase and could be called the ‘Grand Duster’. In India, Renault could launch both 5- and 7-seat versions of the SUV. Read More – Renault Kaptur Crossover India Launch This Festive Season
Featuring an all-new design, the Duster’s styling traits are similar to the existing model. The overall dimensions of the compact SUV are largely identical, but the French automaker claims that the SUV’s body panels are new. It comes with a wider track and revised side panels for flared wheel arches. In order to create extra space inside the cabin, the company has moved the windscreen forward by 100mm. Talking about exterior changes, the compact SUV gets a clamshell hood, leaner headlights, a wide air-dam grille with angular chrome inserts, squared shaped taillights etc. Other styling upgrades include aluminium-accented roof bars, standard-fit LED running lights, rugged silver skid plates and new outside rear view mirrors. The flared wheel arches have been fitted to a new 17-inch alloy wheels.
The vehicle gets an all-new cabin, which give it a more upmarket and plush look. The SUV is equipped with a four-spoke multifunctional steering wheel and a large touchscreen infotainment system. The infotainment system is compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirror Link. The black finished dashboard has aluminium trim on the passenger side, while the door panels and central tunnel gets orange inserts. 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 interior. There is a rotary dial, which will work as the control for the all-wheel drive system.
As for the engines, the European-spec continues to feature the 1.2-litre TCe petrol engine. Though, the powertrain will be modified for improved performance and fuel efficiency. On the other hand, the oil burner is a 1.5-litre dCi engine that also does duty in the existing model. 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. For the Indian market, the SUV will get the same 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines that also powers the existing model. Transmission options will include a manual, CVT and AMT units. Renault India is yet to make an official announcement on the launch of the new generation Duster, but media reports suggest that the SUV could be launched by the end of 2018 or early 2019.
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 has unveiled the 5-seater model. The vehicle has been unveiled 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. It is expected that the French automaker could unveil this 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 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 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.
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
-Five seat configuration
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
Speculations were on rife that the next generation Duster will use the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s CMF modular platform. However, the new model 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. It comes with a bolder new grille with sleeker headlamps that pushed out to the corners, new LED daytime running lamps and wide air-dam grille. It also gets 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. 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.
Inside the cabin, the next Duster receives comprehensive updates for a more upmarket and plusher look. Renault claims that the windscreen of the SUV has been moved ahead by 10mm, which carved our more space inside the cabin. The new 2018 Renault Duster is equipped with a new four-spoke multifunctional steering wheel and a large touchscreen infotainment system. This 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. It 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. 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.