- Renault unveils the 2020 Duster 1.3L turbo-petrol with AMT at the Auto Expo.
- It has indicated the withdrawal of the 1.5L DCi diesel engine-driven Duster model.
- The launch of the new variant will happen by April 2020.
At the time of its introduction, the Renault Duster seemed to be a revolutionary vehicle because of its compact crossover design. It set the tone for many auto manufacturers to follow. However, the car has not performed to its expectations, but it does record a decent monthly sale figure. Therefore, Renault had introduced an update to keep the Renault Duster alive and kicking.
While there were speculations about the withdrawal of the Renault Duster 1.5L diesel unit before the April 2020 BS6 deadline, Renault surprised everyone by unveiling a stunning 2020 Renault Duster 1.3L turbo-petrol engine-driven vehicle with AMT. It also plans to upgrade the 1.5L naturally aspirated petrol engine, as well.
The 1.3L petrol engine that Renault has introduced is not a new one in the international market. This direct-injection engine is present in an extensive range of cars. Though available in various tuning, the Indian specification could be 156hp power and a torque of 250Nm. Thus, the 2020 Renault Duster could end up as the most powerful SUV. One can expect the engine to pair with either a 6-speed manual or CVT system. The car displayed at the Auto Expo came equipped with the latter.
The 2020 Renault Duster resembles the recently upgraded BS4-complaint Renault Duster Facelift in almost all respects. Some of the exterior highlights include red accents on the grille, roof rails, and fog light enclosures. Other attractions were the new seat fabric, door pad trims, satin chrome door sills, and the new 17-inch dual-tone alloy wheels.
The 2020 Renault Duster AMT interiors comprise 8-inch touchscreen info system, automatic climate control, remote-controlled cabin pre-cooling function, and Hill Start Assist. Safety aspects include ABS and EBD.
Though unveiled suddenly at the Auto Expo, the Renault Duster turbo-petrol variant could launch in India sometime around April 2020. It is waiting for the BS6 grade fuel to be available throughout the country. On the pricing front, the new variant could cost substantially more than the base petrol version.