Second-gen Renault Duster Is Expected To Be Delayed

  • Mar 20, 2019

The second-gen Duster is not launching anytime soon or at least not in this year. The company CEO, Venkatram Mamillapalle has hinted that Renault is planning to introduce two all-new models in the period between 2019 and 2020. In conversation with PTI, he said, "We have new product launches in 2019 and 2020. Two new products will be launched, one in July (2019) and the other, the year after that.”

While the first model that CEO hinted at is the sub-4m MPV codenamed as the RBC that will be launched this year in July, the second model is likely to be the second-gen Duster. The next-gen Duster will be based on the same platform (B0 platform) as before. This is the same platform that forms the basis for the Nissan Kicks and the Renault Captur.

The new Duster has been spotted on roads which gives clues that the haunches and bold front fascia have been carried over from the previous model, but the automaker claims that every panel on the second-gen Duster is brand new. From the inside, it will be a lot different than the first-gen model.

Expected to be priced in the range of Rs 7.99 lakh and Rs 13.09 lakh (Ex-showroom Delhi), the second-gen will compete against the likes of the new Hyundai Creta (expected to be launched next year), the Nissan Kicks and the Kia SP2i.

Renault is bringing the facelift of current-gen Duster, which received its mid-life update back in 2016. The changes it will embrace include projector headlamps with LED DRLs, redesigned front profile, new alloy wheels, updated infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support and a few more inside the cabin. The engine options are expected to be the same as they are with the outgoing model.

However, the automaker will be tuning the engines to comply with BSVI emission norms early next year. The tuned-engine, especially the 1.5-litre diesel will also be fitted inside the second-gen Duster. We expect Renault to launch the next-gen Duster in the second half of 2020.


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