Renault India is slowly going on a product offensive. After the Triber unveil last month, the French company is now ready with the updated Duster. Mind you, this isn’t the same Duster as the international markets. That’s an all-new car. This one is more of a facelifted version till the next-gen Duster can make its way here.
We have already seen the full reveal of this Duster through spy shots a few weeks ago. The changes include a refreshed front, projector headlight for the low beam, aluminium skid plates, new bumpers, higher bonnet line for pedestrian safety and more. The rear also gets plastic inserts. This new blue colour that you see here is going to lead the communication palette. Inside, a new steering wheel as well as updated upholstery are part of the changes. What remains though is the ergonomically irritating music controls behind the steering wheel.
Renault will also likely update the engines to BS-VI. The diesel may likely be given the skip at this time. Conversion to BS-VI for small capacity diesels is working out to be too expensive and Renault India might just continue with the petrol. The Duster will have the same 104PS, 1.5-litre petrol mated to a 5-speed manual or CVT. Claimed fuel efficiency may go down due to the BS-VI implementation.
Safety is being given priority with all Duster trims getting ABS with EBD, dual airbags, rear parking sensors, speed alert system, front seatbelt reminder and seatbelts for all occupants. Higher trims will also get a reverse camera. Expect prices to go north.