– India-bound new Renault Duster will make its global debut in August.
– Price of the new model could be between Rs 10-15 lakh.
The New Renault Duster 2018 receives comprehensive design changes, fresh technology and all-new interior.
Renault’s one of the top-selling cars – the Duster will soon enter in its new generation in India. Revealed via official pictures in November last year, the India-bound model new 2018 Renault Duster will make its global debut at the Moscow International Motor Show (MIAS). The automobile 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 new Renault Duster 2019 shares strong resemblance with 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. Official engine details of the Renault Duster 2019 are still under the wraps. Speculations are on rife that it will retain the current powertrain setup with the same gearbox options.
– 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 India hasn’t yet revealed the launch timeline of the vehicle. Though, the new Duster is reported to hit showrooms in 2019. While the India launch is months away, the new Renault Duster 2019 will make its global public appearance at this year’s Moscow Motor Show in August. Read More – Upcoming New Renault Cars In India
|Minimum||Rs 10 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 15 lakh|
Set for a generation change, the new Renault Duster 2019 will receive significant aesthetic upgrades along with a more feature-loaded interior. With a handful of new updates, the SUV will surely see a minor price hike. Prices of the SUV’s new-gen model are likely to fall in the range of Rs 10 lakh (for the base model) and Rs 15 lakh (for the top-end variant). Currently, the Duster carline is available in a total of 10 variants spread across three trims – RXE, EXL and RXS – priced between Rs 8.42 lakh – Rs 13.66 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Read: Renault Captur Crossover – All You Need To Know
Once launched, the new Renault Duster 2018 will continue to take on the Hyundai Creta, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Honda BR-V. Upcoming cars such as Jeep Renegade, Nissan Kicks and MG ZS will also be stacked up against it.
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. Face of the new Renault Duster 2019 has more aggressive and sportier appeal. The India-bound model features signature Renault badge and an Alaskan design inspired unique grille. The sleeker headlamps are pushed out to the corners. What add more to its sporty appearance are 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 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
Riding the new Renault Duster 2019 are the 5-spoke, 17-inch alloy wheels with a wider track and revised side panels for flared wheel arches. Styling bits such as aluminium roof rails, bigger rear haunches and a new rear lighting signature complete its new look. The SUV retains the high ground clearance and wide fenders, whereas the wing mirrors gets a design upgrade. No changes have been made to the dimensions of the car, but the French automaker claims that the SUV’s body panels are new. Similar to the current generation, the new Renault Duster 2019 measures 4.34m in length and 1.80m in width. It has 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 is compatible to 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. Features such soft touch materials, new upholstery for seats, new automatic climate control with rear AC vents and new instrument console might also be offered on the new Renault Duster 2019. 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 of the new Renault Duster 2019 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. The gasoline unit delivers a maximum power output of 124bhp, and the oil burner churns out a peak power of 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, delivers power worth 105bhp against 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 fuel economy over 14kmpl and the diesel unit will return a mileage of around 19kmpl-20kmpl.
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 Renault Duster 2019 will come with a range of options for upholstery and other bits for the better cabin comfort such as advanced MediaNav, steering mounted controls, 8-way adjustable driver’s seat (with lumbar support), front and rear armrests, adjustable power steering, 4 speakers and auto AC.
Interior of the new Renault Duster 2019 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 performing safety duties, the new Renault Duster 2019 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 (electronic stability program), 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.
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To be developed on the thoroughly updated MO platform, the new generation 2018 Renault Duster will see significant design changes and improved cabin. Engine setup, however, is likely to remain unchanged.