The 2016 Renault Duster facelift has been launched in India at a starting price of Rs. 8.46 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Unveiled at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo, the new Duster comes with new ‘CMO10’ & ‘T4 E&E’ architecture, and receives over 32 new styling and technical updates. Though, the major change comes in the form of a new 6-speed AMT (automated manual transmission) gearbox. This also makes it Renault’s first car to feature an AMT gearbox. The automatic version of the compact SUV is called the Renault Duster Easy-R AMT.
Since the AMT is cheaper than the six-speed dual clutch technology, it helped the company price the Renault Duster automatic aggressively against its rivals. The updated model of the compact SUV is priced at Rs. 8.46 lakh for the base variant, and Rs. 13.56 lakh for the top-ranging model. The 2016 Renault Duster facelift will face competition from the cars like Hyundai Creta, Maruti Suzuki S-Cross, Nissan Terrano and others in the league.
2016 Renault Duster Facelift India Price
*All prices are ex-showroom, Delhi
RXE (4X2 MT)- Rs. 8.46 lakh
RXL (4X2 MT)- Rs. 9.26 lakh
Standard – Rs. 9.26 lakh
RXE (4X2 MT) – Rs. 9.46 lakh
RXL (4X2 MT) – Rs. 10.26 lakh
RXS (4X2 MT) – Rs. 10.76 lakh
RXZ (4X2 MT) – Rs. 11.46 lakh
RXL (4X2 MT) – 11.06 lakh
RXZ (4X2 MT) – Rs. 12.26 lakh
RXL (4X2 AMT) – 11.66 lakh
RXZ (4X2 AMT) – Rs. 12.86 lakh
RXZ (4X4 MT) – Rs. 13.56 lakh
Powering the new Renault Duster model is the same 1.5-litre dCi diesel and 1.6-litre K4M petrol engines that did duty on the previous model. Though, both the powertrains are claimed to be high on refinement. The oil burner come with an optional 6-speed AMT (aka Easy-R AMT) gearbox that certainly makes it more convenient to drive around city roads. While other variants continue to be available with a 5-speed manual and a 6-speed manual transmissions. The India-bound Duster facelift borrows its design elements with the Brazilian-spec model.
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2016 Renault Duster Exterior Styling
As mentioned above, the vehicle’s facelifted model shares some of its design elements with the Brazilian spec-model. Ditching the multi-slat front grille, the compact SUV gets a single slat chrome grille along with re-designed headlamps and front bumper.
The car also receives silver skid front and rear plates, new kayak roof rails, firefly fog lights with blacked out surrounds, new gun metal finish 16-inch alloy wheels, modified body cladding and new LED taillight enclosures. The 2016 Renault Duster facelift is being made available with a choice of seven exterior colours – Woodland Brown, Pearl White, Moonlight Silver, Fiery Red, Galaxy Black, Graphite Grey and Amazon Green.
2016 Renault Duster Interior & Features
The new Renault Duster 2016 model comes with an additional equipment package that makes it more feature-rich and premium than the outgoing model. While the higher AWD variants come with Crimson-Black interior theme with sporty double spacer fabric, the other variants get a Cedarwood-Black interior theme with premium embossed fabric. The car is also equipped with a new media navigation system, dual tone soft-touch dashboard, new seat fabric material, automatic AC, rear view camera with guidelines, new centre fascia, auto up/down anti-pinch window, Eco mode and cruise control with speed limiter. Though, the interior design and styling remain unchanged.
Similar to the previous model, the updated version is equipped with 2 DIN audio system with USB, Aux in and Bluetooth connectivity, steering mounted audio and phone control, etc. The safety features, too, are carried forward from the old model. The new Duster model is continue to offer front airbag protection along with ABS (anti-lock braking system) with EBD (electronic brake-force distribution) and brake assist, hill start assist, central locking, speed and impact sensitive auto door locking and driver seat belt reminder.
2016 Renault Duster Engine & Transmission
Under the hood, the new Renault Duster 2016 features the old engine lineup – i.e. a 1.6-litre K4M petrol and a 1.5-litre dCi diesel. While the former is capable of yielding a maximum power output of 102.53bhp with 148Nm of torque, the latter one is tuned for two states of power outputs – 108.45bhp with 245Nm and 83.8bhp with 200Nm. There are three transmissions on offer – a 5-speed manual, a 6-speed manual, and an optional AMT (only on the diesel model).
New Renault Duster Mileage
Petrol Model – Around 13kmpl
Diesel Model – Around 19kmpl
2016 Renault Duster Facelift Specifications, Dimensions & Features
1.6-litre, K4M Petrol
Power – 102.53bhp @ 5,750rpm
Torque – 148Nm @ 3,750rpm
Transmission – 5-speed manual & 6-speed manual
1.5-litre dCi Diesel
Power – 108.45bhp & 83.8bhp
Torque – 245Nm & 200Nm
Transmission – 5-speed manual & 6-speed AMT (optional)
2016 Renault Duster Dimensions
Length – 4,315mm
Width – 1,822mm
Height – 1,695mm
Wheelbase – 2,673mm
Ground Clearance – 205mm
2016 Renault Duster Key Updates
• Single slat chrome grille
• New headlamp cluster
• Firefly fog lights with blackened surrounds
• Silver skid front and rear plates
• New Kayak roof rails
• Gun metal finish alloy wheels
• Revised body cladding
• New LED tail lamps
• New electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs with turn indicators
• New media navigation system
• Automatic AC
• Rear view camera with guidelines
• New centre fascia
• Auto up/down anti-pinch window
• Dual tone soft-touch dashboard
• New seat fabric material
• Eco mode
• Cruise control with speed limiter