Renault India has finally launched its 2019 updated version of the Duster SUV at an introductory price of Rs 7.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Just like the previous version, the SUV is available in both petrol and diesel guise, where it will be available in a total of 8 variants, out of which three are petrol and five are diesel variants. The new Renault Duster gets some tweaks to the exterior as well as interiors. In India, the Renault Duster will pounce against the Hyundai Creta, Nissan Kicks, Maruti Suzuki S-cross and the upcoming Kia Seltos.
Exterior wise, the 2019 Renault Duster gets a new chrome garnished front grille, LED daytime running lights with projector headlamps, redesigned front bumper high-set bonnet line to be compliant with pedestrian-protection norms, new bonnet styling, front and rear faux skid plates, roof rails, newly designed alloy wheels and some plastic cladding at the rear on the tailgate. The car also gets an offering of a new Blue colour.
On the inside, the new Duster SUV now gets an updated touchscreen infotainment system compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, new steering wheel, centre AC vents are now rectangular in shape, use of faux material along with chrome and some glossy treatment. In terms of safety, the SUV gets ABS with EBD, dual airbags, and brake assist, while the automatic version would also get ESC as well as hill-start assist.
Mechanically, the new Renault Duster will come packed with the same set of powertrain as seen on the outgoing version. The Duster petrol variant gets a four-cylinder 1.5-litre unit that makes 105 bhp with 142 Nm of peak torque and this engine will either come with a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 6-step CVT; on the other hand, the diesel variant comes with a four-cylinder, 1.5-litre motor that makes power in two states of tune, where the higher tune comes out to be 108 bhp with 245 Nm and at lower tuning, it makes 85 bhp with 200 Nm of top torque. The 85 bhp diesel unit comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission only and the 108 bhp diesel engine comes paired with a choice of two transmission option a 6-speed manual and an AMT. Moreover, the latter version is also available with an AWD (all-wheel drive) system.
Recently, the French car manufacturer also unveiled seven-seater Triber MPV in India and soon the new MPV will also witness its launch in the Indian market.