The Renault Duster is the top-pick for consumers in the country who want to shy away from saloons ad hatchbacks and graduate to an SUV or a min-SUV. With the road presence and frugal economy and additions like 4WD, it changed how brand Renault was perceived in India.
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Its been three years since its launch but the sales figures refuse to vary by a huge margin. But to keep the brand fresh, Renault will soon be launching the facelift of the Duster. Although facelift suggests the changes will just be cosmetic, a few reports suggest Renault Duster AMT is in the making.
The AMT, named Easy-R AMT, will be similar to the one seen on the Dacia models at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor show.
The Mahindra Scorpio and more recently, the Hyundai Creta, were launched with an automatic gearbox. It is going to be interesting to see who trumps who as both Hyundai and Mahindra are favorites within the country.
As far as engines go, the present ones on offer: a 1.6l Petrol and 1.5l dci Diesel will continue. Of all the variants, the AMT will reportedly be exclusive to the 1.5l dci engine which belts out 110 PS of Power.
Barring this huge change, the headlamp cluster and the front bumper will undergo a big change. The taillamp cluster will be updated to match the changes at the front. Newer alloys will make the car look sportier.
With the rising image and reliability of the brand in the country along with the number of buyers opting for AMT gearboxes in other cars, Renault sure seems to have a winner on their hands.