2019 Renault Duster comes with updated exterior and interior while no mechanical changes have been made
Renault India has today introduced the facelifted version of the Duster in the domestic market with a starting price of Rs. 7.99 lakh for the entry-level RxE petrol variant and it goes all the way up to Rs. 12.50 lakh for the range-topping RxS all-wheel-drive model (both prices ex-showroom, New Delhi).
The Duster has been the mainstay in Renault gaining attention among Indian buyers since its inception and the facelift is part of stretching the first generation model’s legs further. The second mid-life update follows the one back in 2016 and the SUV is treated with several cosmetic and interior changes besides the inclusion of a new blue shade.
Offered in a total of nine variants, the 2019 Renault Duster can be had in a choice of one petrol and one diesel engine option. As for the exterior, the facelifted Duster features a thoroughly revised front grille with excessive use of chrome, projector headlights with integrated Daytime Running Lights, newly designed alloy wheels, updated front and rear bumpers, good-looking skid plates, etc.
It also gets newly designed bonnet and raised bonnet line to comply with the stringent pedestrian crash tests devised under BNVSAP. On the inside, the updated Duster comes with a more modernised infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, faux aluminium trim, brand new steering wheel, rectangular air cons, upmarket chrome touches and so on.
As standard, it offers dual front airbags, anti-lock brakes, brake assist, EBD alongside hill start assist and ESC in AWD trims. No mechanical changes are made as the Duster continues to use the 1.5-litre petrol and diesel powertrains. The former kicks out 106 hp and 142 Nm and is mated to either a five-speed manual or a six-speed CVT.
The diesel, on the other hand, is a 1.5-litre turbo unit good enough to deliver 85 hp and 200 Nm in the low-end trims and is paired with a five-speed manual only. The same engine is tuned to produce 110 hp and 245 Nm in high-spec variants with the option of either a six-speed manual or an AMT.
The RxZ grade now receives diesel AMT specification and is priced at Rs. 12.50 lakh (ex-showroom) and the AWD is moved to mid-spec RxS making it around Rs. 60k cheaper than the previous model.