Renault, the French automaker has silently tweaked its best selling vehicle- the Duster in the country. The entry level 85PS diesel variants gets mild tweaks to the interiors. The Duster has been facing stiff competition from the likes of Ford EcoSport and Mahindra Scorpio, and the update is given to keep things fresh in the market.
The updated Duster gets new steering wheels, which is directly lifted from the AWD variant. Its steering column now features audio control while the instrument panel gets chrome enhancements and a white back light. The vehicle gets new seat upholstery and door inserts, while the centre console and inner door handles has piano black finish. The black & beige treatment is given to the dashboard.
The company has also added more sound deadening materials to make cabin quieter. The sound deadening materials are added on the firewall behind the engine and underside of the bonnet, while the doors now feature new beadings. Other than these updates, the Duster 85PS variants remain unaltered. It is propelled by a 1.5-litre K9K turbo diesel unit that is good for 85PS and 200Nm of torque. Power is transmitted to front wheels of the SUV via a five-speed manual gearbox.
The top-spec diesel variants gets the same 1.5-litre K9K unit, but in a higher state of tune- 110PS and 248Nm of torque. This engine is coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox, which sends the power to either front wheels or all-wheels of the SUV.