The SUV gets a nip and tuck along with various other additions.
Launched in India in 2012, the Duster was responsible for establishing the Renault brand in the country. It struck a chord with the buyers and has now been given a breath of fresh air to compete against its newly established competition. The facelifted Duster is priced from Rs 7.99 lakh to Rs 12.49 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
|Old Duster||Duster Facelift|
|Petrol RXE||Rs 7.99 lakh||Rs 7.99 lakh|
|Petrol RXS||Rs 9.20 lakh||Rs 9.19 lakh|
|Petrol RXS Option CVT||Rs 10 lakh||Rs 9.99 lakh|
|Diesel RXE 85PS||Rs 9.20 lakh||Rs 9.29 lakh|
|Diesel RXS 85PS||Rs 10 lakh||Rs 9.99 lakh|
|Diesel RXZ 85PS||Rs 11.20 lakh||-|
|Diesel RXS 110PS||-||Rs 11.19 lakh|
|Diesel RXZ 110PS||Rs 12.10 lakh||Rs 12.09 lakh|
|Diesel RXZ 110PS AWD||Rs 13.10 lakh||-|
|Diesel RXS 110PS AMT||Rs 12.10 lakh||-|
|Diesel RXZ 110PS AMT||-||Rs 12.49 lakh|
|Diesel RXS 110PS Option AWD||-||Rs 12.49 lakh|
The facelift comes with new projector headlamps, LED DRLs and a redesigned front grille with chrome accents. It also gets new roof rails and other cosmetic changes like the restyled bonnet, front bumpers, black inserts on the tailgate and new alloy wheels. The new Duster is also available in two new shades: Caspian Blue and Mahogany Brown.
Moving on to the interior, the facelifted Duster gets different upholstery, new steering wheel and a revised 7.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, voice recognition and EcoGuide along with an Arkamys sound system. The round AC vents have made way for rectangular ones and the passenger side dashboard now features a new strip in the same shade as the exterior. Safety features on offer include dual airbags, ABS, parking sensors and speed warning as standard on all variants. Most of the features from the current iteration has been carried forward to the facelift along with the powertrain options. The facelifted Renault Duster is also compliant with BNCAP front, side & pedestrian crash norms and safety features stipulated by Indian laws.
The same 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder petrol and diesel engines are powering the facelifted Duster.The 1.5-litre petrol puts out 106PS of power and 142Nm of torque, while the 1.5-litre diesel produces 110PS and 248Nm. The same 1.5-litre diesel engine is also available in a lower state of tune: 85PS and 200 Nm. The petrol variant is mated to 5-speed manual and CVT, whereas the diesel comes paired with the 6-speed manual or an AMT.
The Duster facelift will continue to rival the Hyundai Creta and Nissan Kicks, among others. It remains to be seen whether the facelift generate more sales numbers. Stay tuned to us for the first drive review where we give you our conclusive verdict on the new Duster.