The long awaited Renault Duster facelift will be showcased at the Auto Expo 2016 in February. It will enter the market by mid 2016.
Renault’s flagship, the Duster was seen struggling due to the recent launches like the Hyundai Creta, Maruti S-Cross, etc. The Duster in its entire lifetime did not get any major update other than some special editions launched to let the game going. However, Renault has realized the need of the hour and has decided to launch the Renault Duster facelift. The updated compact SUV will be showcased at the Auto Expo 2016 in February. It is expected to enter the market by mid 2016.
The interiors as well as exteriors of the compact SUV are updated. The Renault Duster facelift will have a single slat grille rather than multi-slat chrome design. Other exterior updates include new headlamps, new alloy wheels and an updated front bumper. The rear will also see some changes in the bumper and the tail lamps. The interior will get new color options. It will also be offered with an optional MediaNAV system that hosts Media, Navigaation and Bluetooth. The instrument cluster is also expected to receive an update.
The engine line-up are expected to remain unchanged. The Renault Duster facelift will be powered by the same 1.6-liter petrol engine producing 102 HP mated on a 5-speed manual transmission. The diesel options will also remain the same 1.5-liter, dCi engine with two power options – 5-speed Manual Transmission producing 89 HP and 6-speed Manual Transmission producing 110 HP. The existing Duster is also offered with an AWD system paired with the 110 HP diesel variant.
The major update will come in the form of an Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) which will be offered with the 1.5-liter 110 HP diesel engine. It is already seen on the Dacia Duster launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show earlier this year. The Renault Duster facelift will be offered with a 5-speed unit of the AMT. The Easy-R AMT as the French manufacturer calls it, is coming due to the growing popularity of automatics in the country and the unexpected success of automatic variants of competitors such as Hyundai Creta and Mahindra TUV300.
Renault after getting out of the JV with Mahindra decided to take on the market on its own. But, it was not an easy road. Very few people knew Renault as most of the people considered it to be part of Mahindra. However, the launch of the Duster did what was needed or even more. A brand was established instantly and a new segment was introduced. People’s eyes were on the new compact SUV. A car that gave them the feel and features of a SUV in a smaller package.