Renault Duster, one of the most popular SUVs of the Indian market has been a game changer for its manufacturer. The vehicle has seen many variations and facelift since its launch, which only kept adding to its sales numbers. Latest of the series was the Explore Edition, launched last month for Rs 9.99 Lakhs and was much of a cosmetic update. However, the company is now planning to bring the next generation of Duster, and if sources are to be believed, this is not just going to be a facelift, but an all new model. If all goes well, the all new duster might hit the Indian roads by the first quarter of 2019.
The all new Duster is codenamed as H79. As per a Romanian publication, the Duster would be based on the modern CMF platform, whereas some British magazines state that the new Duster will be based on a modified version of the current generation Duster’s /Logan platform. The all new model is expected to come with redesigned headlamps with integrated DRLs. The front end of the SUV is likely to draw some inspiration from the Renault Captur. The bumper of the new model will be different as well with more aggressive and beefy looks. The side profile however is expected to get mild updates with newly designed alloy wheels, different roof rails, tweaked glass area and thick body cladding which will give the SUV more grown up look. The rear end of the SUV is also expected to get some tweaks.
The new Duster could be made available in country-specific configurations just like the Renault Kaptur/Captur. The emerging markets (India, South America etc.) should get an upgraded version of the present Duster’s platform and developed markets (European markets) will get the more advanced new CMF platform. However, the exterior design will be mostly similar for both variants just like the Renault Kaptur and Renault Captur.
On the engine front, the new Duster is likely to be powered by a 1.6-litre dCi diesel engine, and the customers might have a chance to choose the 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine as well. The transmission duties are likely to be handled by a manual 5 speed gearbox across the range, whereas the small SUV might get an AMT transmission as well.
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