2019 Renault Duster launched in India at Rs 8 lakh

Renault India has launched the facelifted Duster at Rs 8 lakh. The top-spec Duster is priced at Rs 12.5 lakh, ex-showroom, pan-India. While the base price is the same, the top-end model prices have gone down significantly. This means the Duster is now even more value for money. Let’s see what has changed in the new Duster.

2019 Renault Duster specifics

Apart from the new grille, the 2019 Renault Duster also gets revised headlights with projector bulbs, beefier bumpers, a new skid plate both at the front as well as rear, trendy 16-inch alloys, new roof rails as well as a redesigned rear. Inside the cabin, there is the new steering wheel, updated upholstery, slightly revised MID as well as the now Apple CarPlay/Android Auto enabled infotainment system. The glovebox is cooled now while the music system has been tuned by Arkamys.

Part of the standard fare includes the dual airbags, ABS with EBD, speed limit warning, seat belt reminder for front seat occupants and rear parking sensors. Top trims also get a reverse camera, ESP and Hill Start Assist.

Are the engines BS-VI compliant now?

Sadly no. Renault continues with the tried and tested 85PS/110PS 1.5-litre diesel as well as the 104PS, 1.5-litre petrol engines in BS-IV guise. The choice of transmission for the latter is a 5-speed manual or a CVT. In the case of the diesel, you can opt for a 5-speed as well as 6-speed manual and a 6-speed AMT. With the higher-powered diesel, Renault also offers AWD.

A thing to be noted here is that this isn’t the all-new Duster available globally. This is in fact the handiwork of Renault India designers to keep this ageing SUV fresh. Things being the way they are, this is Renault India’s cash cow at the moment along with the Kwid. So refreshing this product with minimal input costs makes more sense than investing in an all-new vehicle. Moreover, this Duster will undergo another change before its lifecycle end. That will be the BS-VI update.

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