The Renault Duster was the car responsible for inaugurating the now highly successful compact SUV segment in the country. Its success was really doubted in the initial days since it wasn’t a full-size SUV and was priced in the Rs.7-10 lakh segment. Moreover, people had major concerns over Renault’s minimal service network. Despite that, the Duster did rather well selling almost 1.5 lakh cars in just 4 years since its launch. Following a minor facelift, a fully revamped 2018 version was unveiled in the Frankfurt Motor Show 2017 (as Dacia Duster). After months of speculation, the Renault Duster 2018 was finally spotted testing on the streets of Brazil.
Although we have information on every other detail of this car, this section is still a mystery. The Renault Duster 2018 is expected to be showcased at this year’s Sao Paulo Auto Show in Brazil. It is expected to be up for sale there in early 2019. However, no concrete details are available regarding the Indian launch date. Renault only showcased the facelifted Duster during this year’s Auto Expo and not the model. But ideally, it should be here before the commencement of the second quarter of 2019.
It is likely the new Duster will come in a total of 5 primary engine variants. The petrol variants will come in 1.6 or 2.0-litre options. The former will produce 115 bhp while the latter will make 145 bhp of peak power. The 1.6-litre variant will have an option between a manual and a CVT transmission and 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive. The 2.0-litre variant, however, will only come with 4-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox. The diesel variants will come in three different options. All will have the same 1.5-litre cubic capacity but will have three different peak power outputs, 85bhp, 90bhp, and 110bhp. All will come mated with manual transmissions except the 110 bhp variant which will have the option of an EDC Dual Clutch gearbox. The 4-wheel drive will also only be available with the 110 bhp variant but only with manual transmission.
The new Duster’s dashboard unit looks exactly like a fully improvised version of the existing unit. The steering wheel and gear knob get a brand new design which really makes them look premium. The central infotainment system looks slightly different and sits a bit higher on the console now. Apart from that, the seats get a brand new design and adjustable headrests.
On the equipment front, the Renault Duster 2018 is going to have a lot to talk about. The entry will be keyless and even the ignition duties will be handled by a button start. The steering wheel will get a tilt and reach adjustment of 40mm and 50mm respectively. The cabin will come equipped with automatic climate control and rotary control knobs for manual adjustment. A multi-view camera will also be present to provide a 360-degree view of what’s around the car. Renault has also equipped the new Duster with curtain airbags, blind spot warning and a reinforced frame for better safety.
The Renault Duster 2018 retains the silhouette of the previous model. From the front, you will immediately notice the brand new grille and headlamp design. The grille itself is wider and is nicely integrated with the headlamps making them look like one continuous unit. The full LED headlamp unit is split into 3-sections with a DRL strip running through the side and lower periphery. A massive silvered skid plate also lies on the front which almost extends up to the front grille.
From the sides, the Renault Duster 2018 now looks much more aggressive thanks to the numerous bulges and creases running across its body. The butch looking 17-inch Y-shaped rims also contribute to that factor. On the derriere, the new Duster gets really funky looking 4-way split square shaped tail lamps. It is certainly going to allow the car to catch attention on the roads. Similar to the front, the rear also has a generously big silver coated skid plate.
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