Renault Duster Facelift – Autoportal gives details

There has been a burst in the segment of compact SUVs in India ever since the Renault Duster was launched in India in 2012. The Duster was a very important vehicle for Renault as it came out after a stream of flops. The EcoSport from Ford did upstage the Duster with its groovy looks and fine performance. It was then that Renault decided to come out with a face-lifted Duster.

The face-lifted Duster gets tweaks on the exterior, interior as well as the engines. It now looks more refreshing and comes with additional features.

On the exterior, the Renault Duster Facelift gets new lights which make it look fresher. The Duster facelift features a dual-tone chrome grille, large air-dams, headlamps that come revised with double-optic units and day time running LEDs, under body cladding, chromed exhaust pipe in rear diffuser and new tail lamps. The roof rails with Duster logo and robust 16-inches alloys in dark metal shade add more to its muscular appearance and butch stance. The dimensions remain unchanged – 4315 mm in length, 1822 mm in width, 1695 mm in height, 2673 mm wheelbase, and 205 mm ground clearance.

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Renault Duster facelift goes a step ahead and offers a bullbar, satin chrome strips and door sill guard protectors. The rear view mirror controls are now located on the doors unlike the previous Duster that had controls sitting under the handbrake lever. The new Duster has more cabin space which includes the 475 litres of boot space.

The updated Duster gets steering mounted controls. Other updates include a new centre console with an updated infotainment system, rear park assist, cruise control and speed limiter, electronic stability control and standard dual front airbags.

The previous Duster version had only three engine options available along with fuel options of petrol as well as diesel. The new model will now be available in seven diesel variants and two petrol variants which mean a total of 9 categories in this car. The new engine will be a 1.2 litre TCe petrol engine that is able to churn out 124 bhp of maximum power and 204 Nm of peak torque, apart from the existing 1.5 litre diesel and 1.6 litre petrol engines respectively. The suspension system of Renault Duster which imparts precise handling and comfort ride even on bumpy roads is kept the same. The turning radius of 5.2 m aids in turning the vehicle easily at tight corners.

The current Renault Duster is priced between Rs 8 lakhs and Rs 12 lakhs and the face lifted version may cost just an additional Rs 20000 or a little more. The facelifted Duster will compete against the likes of Ford Ecosport, Nissan Teana and Mahindra XUV500.

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