A facelift version of Renault India’s first compact SUV, Duster, is in the making, media reports reveal. The first generation Renault Duster was recently spied testing, suggesting a facelift in the making. It is reported that Renault will introduce BSVI-compliant engines on the 2020 Renault Duster. In addition, the model will also receive updates in tandem with the pedestrian protection safety regulations that will be implemented from 1 April 2020. With a facelifted Duster underway, the second-generation model seems to be deferred for now.
Talking of the styling updates, the 2020 Renault Duster will get a higher-set bonnet that will allow some space between the hood and the engine components. This would, in turn, prevent injuries caused by the pedestrian on hitting the sheet metal. In addition to this, the 2020 Renault Duster will also feature a bunch of other styling tweaks such as a redesigned front bumper and a restyled grille. The headlight design will be retained, though it will now come with LED daytime running lights.
It is reported that the 2020 Renault Duster facelift could also get an electric sunroof on the fully-loaded top-spec variant. There could be new roof rails atop, newly designed alloy wheels and Renault could also introduce new colour options. On the inside, the 2020 Renault Duster facelift is likely to receive a modern infotainment system. There could be an improvement in the material quality used inside, giving it the much needed plush look.
As for engine options, the 110 bhp K9K 1.5-litre diesel engine and H4K 1.5-litre petrol unit will be retained, whereas the 85 bhp diesel engine will be dropped. However, the above units will be updated to comply with the upcoming BSVI emission norms. Transmission choices on the Duster facelift will include a six-speed manual gearbox and six-speed automated manual transmission. The petrol engine, on the other hand, will continue to be offered with the 5-speed manual unit along with an optional CVT. In line with the new safety regulations, the Renault Duster will receive safety features such as rear parking sensors, a passenger seatbelt reminder and a high-speed warning by July.