The Renault Duster's facelifted model was spied testing in a disguised avatar in Chennai near their plant. Some of the changes are visible, thanks to the pictures sent by our reader Mandeep Singh.
The most evident revision is the new pattern of the alloy wheels. The silhouette of this car is the same as the current model and the Duster still sports the same large wheel arches giving it a muscular look. But, the normal bulb-type tail lamps have been replaced by LED ones and we can expect some changes to the bumper as well. The revised car is expected to get scuff plates in the rear and the front. With new roof rails, we can also expect a revised design for the headlamps, grille and air intakes.
Renault will update the interior of the new Duster as well, which will include a new fabric and new equipment list to keep it on par with the competition. We can also expect a new 'adventure' edition Duster with 'off-road' as the theme, similar to what was displayed at the Auto Expo.
The current line-up of engine options that includes a 1.5-litre diesel mill and a 1.6-litre petrol unit will continue to power the revised Duster. The diesel is available in two configurations, one that produces 84bhp of power and 200Nm of torque, and the other that churns out 110bhp of power and 240Nm of torque. The petrol power plant produces 102bhp of power and 145Nm of torque. However, Renault will add another petrol variant, which will employ a new 1.2-litre TCe petrol engine that produces 123.3bhp of power and 204Nm of torque. The new Duster will be available in 4X2 and 4X2 configurations, and the five- and six-speed manual transmission options will continue to be offered.
The facelifted Duster was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show and we can expect Renault to launch this car for the Indian market this fiscal. The price of the facelifted avatar of the Duster might be slightly more than the present version and it will rival the Hyundai Creta and the Nissan Terrano in India.