Renault unveils the all new Duster; India launch in early 2014
The refreshed Duster comes with cosmetic updates that Renault hopes will attract further attention to its product in a highly competitive crossover segment.
At the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, Romanian car maker Dacia took the sheets off the new updated Duster. We had told you back then that it is only a matter of time before the facelift is carried forward to the Renault Duster. Now, Renault has revealed the Duster facelift which is scheduled to be launched in the Indian market soon.
The refreshed Duster comes with cosmetic updates that Renault hopes will attract further attention to its product in a highly competitive crossover segment. The front fascia gets the dual-tone chrome grille, unlike the Dacia version which had the honeycomb grille.
Other additions include new headlamps with double-optic units and DRLs, roof-rails, chromed exhaust, new scuff plate and revised taillamp. The roof rails have Duster logos, and the 16-inch alloys are of a 'Dark Metal' shade. There is also a new body color Comete Grey.The exhaust now comes with a chrome tip.
The Duster continues to retain its mechanicals. Power comes from either a 1.5-litre K9K engine tuned to offer 85PS or 110PS or a 1.6-litre petrol motor. Speculations are rife though that the updated model could also come with a new 1.2-litre TCe turbocharged petrol engine, which will come with a 6-speed manual transmission.
This particular engine looks to take on other small capacity turbo engines (1.2TSI and 1.0 Ecoboost) which have recently invaded the Indian automobile space. It is expected that this time around, there will also be an auto transmission on offer as also all-wheel drive.
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