All To Know About The Indian-Bound 2019 Renault Duster

by Mohammed Burman | 30/10/2018
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The 2019 Renault Duster has been put on sale in some countries in the Middle East such as Egypt and Lebanon. It is expected that the new SUV will be introduced to the Indian auto market next year.

Previously being a top-selling SUV with over 1 million vehicles sold globally, the Duster became extremely popular with the Indian customers, thanks to its aggressive appearance, powerful 1.5-litre and powerful diesel motor, comfortable cabin and travelling experience. Now, with the fierce competition in the teeming Indian SUV segment, the Duster requires comprehensive updates to satisfy the Indian auto buyers’ increasingly high demands.

What can be expected from the 2019 new-gen Duster? Read on to discover all you need to know about the Indian-bound 2019 Renault Duster. Overall, the new Duster is going to feature quite a few cosmetic tweaks to the exterior, interior and the engine.

1. 2019 Renault Duster Launch Date in India

The new Duster SUV was officially debuted at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in earlier this year and is intended to be launched in India by late 2019. Renault is planning to give its previously best-selling product a host of updates to reinforce its leading position.

2019 Renault Duster angular look

The facelifted Renault Duster is projected to be launched in the second half of 2019

2. 2019 Renault Duster Exterior

The 2019 Duster design will borrow the basic idea from the outgoing model with a masculine and upmarket look.

The front will be smooth and more modern. A larger diamond grille is now positioned between the bigger headlamps to make the car look wider. The sporty appearance of the vehicle will be enhanced, thanks to the new LED DRLs and scuff plates on the bumper. It will also come with a more muscular and shiny bonnet.

2019 Renault Duster front

The front of the 2019 Renault Duster will come with a more muscular and more polished bonnet

In the side profile, the beltline has been raised a bit higher; the windscreen is pushed forward by 100mm compared to the former model, which makes the cabin look more amber. The shinier wing mirrors, outstanding aluminium roof rails, the wider 17-inch alloy wheels, raised ground clearance (to 200mm) and the body cladding which stretches to the front fender add to the appeal of the vehicle.

2018 Renault Duster side profile

The side profile of the 2018 Renault Duster will get wider 17-inch alloy wheels, a higher ground clearance, etc.

Coming to the rear, the new Duster will get a redesigned X-shaped tail lamps which take the inspiration from the Jeep Renegade.

2019 Renault Duster rear

The 2019 Renault Duster rear will be packed with newly-designed X-shaped tail lamps

Unlike the new global model, the Indian-spec 2019 Duster will still be underpinned by the B0 platform, a strong platform which is the most suitable for the country.

2. 2019 Renault Duster Interior

When you come to the cabin, you can realize that it has been thoroughly redesigned with a wide range of comfort, connectivity and safety features which are more modern and functional.

Firstly, new features appear on the dashboard including

  • New tilt adjustable driving wheel with four spokes

  • Bluetooth

  • Audio

  • Autocruise

  • Brand-new 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system (which supports Apple Car Play, Android Auto and MirrorLink connectivity)

  • Reverse camera

  • Round AC vents

  • Automatic temperature control (on the top-spec variant)

It comes as a good news for Indian auto buyers that the cabin of the 2019 Duster will be a little bit more spacious and the car will keep the same roomy boot as the existing model. Unlike the European-spec model which comes with an all-black cabin, the Indian-bound model will come with some silver accents.

The 2019 Renault Duster is projected to be introduced to the Indian auto market by the latter half of 2019. Therefore, it is required to conform to the forthcoming safety and emission regulations which will be put into effect in the coming time. Therefore, the 2019 Duster is anticipated to be equipped with standard dual airbags and anti-lock braking system with electronic brakeforce limitation across all variants. The higher-spec variants could be equipped with

  • Six airbags

  • Hill-assist

  • Traction control system

  • Hill mode descent control

  • ISOFIX child seat mounts

2019 Renault Duster interior

The 2019 Renault Duster interior will be equipped with a wide range of advanced features

4. 2019 Renault Duster Performance

The 1.5-litre petrol and diesel motors of the outgoing Duster model appear to be outdated; so it is necessary that Renault make some upgrades to the engine. Now it is believed that the petrol and diesel engines which are available on the global-spec model will also be used on the Indian-bound model as well.

The 2019 Indian Duster is expected to be powered by a new 1.2-litre turbo petrol motor, which can produce 124 phb of max power. This version will have a competitive price and can effectively compete with other petrol-powered rivals. Another engine option for the vehicle is the 1.6-litre diesel motor which can deliver a max power of 130. With these engines, the fuel efficiency is anticipated to be enhanced. Both of these engines are mated to a six-speed manual and an AMT unit.

The mileage of the petrol and the diesel versions are 13 km/litre and 19 km/litre, respectively. These figures can vary, depending on various factors including the road conditions and the vehicle’s kerb weight, etc.

2019 Renault Duster travelling on sand

The 2019 Renault Duster is now powered by more powerful and efficient petrol and diesel engines

Refer to the table below for a summary of the 2019 Renault Duster's mechanical specifications

2019 Renault Duster  Petrol engine  Diesel engine 
 Engine type  1.2-litre petrol  1.6-litre diesel 
 Max power  124 bhp  130 bhp 
 Gearbox  6-speed manual   6-speed automatic 

5. 2019 Renault Duster Colours

The 2019 Renault Duster is likely to be available with six different colour options: Silver, White, Black, Grey, Green and Brown. The exact colours will be confirmed later, so update the latest news on Renault cars.

6. 2019 Renault Duster Variants

The 2019 Renault Duster will be available in nine variants, like the existing model:

  • Petrol RXE Duster

  • Petrol RXL Duster

  • Petrol RxS CVT Petrol Duster

  • Diesel RXE Duster

  • Diesel RXS Duster

  • Diesel RXZ Duster

  • Diesel RXZ Duster

  • Diesel RXZ AMT Duster

  • Diesel RXZ AWD Duster

7. 2019 Renault Duster Price in India

The 2019 Renault Duster will have an extremely competitive price, which is necessary since the company expects its product to become the top seller again. With this notion in mind, the company will likely price the new vehicle at Rs 8.5 lakh - 13 lakh (ex-showroom) and Rs 9.5 lakh - Rs 15.5 lakh (on-road). Being reasonably priced, the new Duster will still be more expensive than the existing model. This is due to a refreshed design, a more spacious and modern cabin as well as a much more efficient engine.

2019 Renault Duster travelling on road with sand

The 2019 Renault Duster comes with a refreshed exterior, the advanced interior and the more powerful engine

Currently, when many newcomers have entered the SUV segment of the Indian auto market such as the Hyundai Creta, the Ford Ecosport, Maruti S-Cross, Mahindra Scorpio, etc. with many premium features, the current Duster has been made outdated. Previously, there was a decrease in price for the Duster; however, Renault has realized the necessity to upgrade its flagship vehicle and to diversify the Duster line-up as means to regain its popularity with the Indian auto buyers. Renault is planning to bring two versions of the Duster to India, the five-seat and the seven-seat one which might be called the Grand Duster (though not confirmed yet).

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