The 2019 Renault Duster is expected to come with aesthetic alterations inside out but the powertrain options are still maintained.
The first units of the new Renault Duster have started to be delivered to showrooms across India prior to its launch on July 8. The facelifted Duster has been spied testing quite a few times with the production model recently spotted in north India.
Based on the existing model, the upgraded Duster will experience alterations in terms of design and structure to its front with a view to being compliant with the forthcoming pedestrian protection norms. Specifically, the SUV will get a higher-raised bonnet line which makes the space between the engines and the lid wide enough.
A brand-new grille, slightly tweaked headlamps, a thicker and heavier bumper will also be added to the front of the Duster. The grille will be much wider and more aesthetically attractive with many chrome decorations, which will make it resemble that on the international-spec Renault SUVs. The headlamps are expected to remind us of those on the outgoing model but now they will come with new projector headlamps and LED DRLs. Other alterations will include new alloy rims and roof rails.
The 2019 Renault Duster will come with multiple exterior changes.
As regards the interior, a newly-designed driving wheel which is full of faux brushed aluminium elements and is similar to that on new Renault cars will be equipped on the new Duster. This steering wheel will be borrowed by the facelifted Renault Triber. The Renault Duster dashboard will also come with numerous changes which include chrome, faux aluminium and piano black bits along with colour coding to give a fresh feel to the interior.
A new infotainment system is going to be equipped in the new Duster. The screen size will remain unchanged but it is expected to get a new interface with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity along with some other connectivity features. Thee storage in front of the passenger will now also come with a proper lid.
The facelifted Duster will also get heavy alterations in terms of the interior.
The facelifted Duster will only come with aesthetic alterations and maintain the old powertrain options which include a 1.5-litre gasoline and 1.5-litre K9K oil burner, which are expected to be coupled with the same 5-speed MT and 6-speed MT/AMT unit, respectively. Nevertheless, when the upcoming BS-VI emission standards take into effect, the French will discontinue the production of the diesel motor to ensure that the new vehicle conforms to the new emission norms.
The facelifted Duster will be launched in India on July 8, 2019 with an aggressive expected starting price of INR 8 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) to effectively compete in the Indian fiercely competitive segment. Once launched, it will compete against the Nissan Kicks and the Hyundai Creta, etc.