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2019 Renault Duster Facelift To Launch On July 8


It will continue to rival the Hyundai Creta and Nissan Kicks, among others

 

  • Will feature cosmetic changes like a new front grille and headlamps.
  • Expected to get an updated infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
  • Expected to retain 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines.
  • Likely to be priced at a slight premium over the pre-facelift version.

The wait for the Duster facelift is almost over as Renault India has revealed that the SUV, in its latest avatar, will be launched in India on 8 July 2019. Renault revealed this with its latest teaser for the Duster facelift, across social media platforms.

From the teasers and numerous leaked images, we already know that the Duster facelift will get new projector headlamps, LED DRLs and a redesigned front grille with chrome surrounds. Aside from that, the Duster facelift will also get new roof rails. Like previous teasers, the Duster sports a new blue shade. Other cosmetic changes include a reprofiled bonnet, reworked front bumpers, black padding on the tailgate as well as new alloy wheels.

Coming to the interior, the Duster facelift is expected to get new seat fabrics as well as an updated infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, like the 2019 Renault Kwid. The Duster is also expected to get safety features like dual front airbags, ABS, parking sensors and speed warning as standard on all variants.

Under the hood, the Duster facelift is expected to retain its 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. However, we will have to wait until its launch to find out if these engines will be BS6 compliant. The 1.5-litre petrol delivers 106PS of power and 142Nm of torque, whereas the 1.5-litre diesel is good for 110PS and 248Nm. The petrol variant is expected to continue with a 5-speed manual or CVT, while the 6-speed manual or an AMT option for the diesel is expected to be carried over too. The fate of the 85PS diesel variant will be clear once the Duster facelift is launched as Renault plans to discontinue diesel engines after BS6 norms kick in.

Currently, the pre-facelift version of the Duster is priced in the range of Rs 8 lakh to Rs 13.1 lakh (ex-showroom India). With the Duster facelift getting safety upgrades and possible engine alterations for BS6 norms, it is expected to be priced at a slight premium over the previous iteration.

Meanwhile, the next-generation Duster was launched in international markets last year and it sports significant design updates inside out. Renault India, however, could continue selling the facelifted version of the Duster, at least for a significant period after the BS6 norms kick in. Once launched, the Duster facelift will continue its rivalry with the Hyundai Creta and Nissan Kicks, among others.

Image Source 1- Team Duster India

Image Source 2- Throttle Blips

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