2019 Renault Duster will feature a slew of exterior and interior updates while the powertrain options will likely remain the same
Renault made a mark in the Indian market with the Duster nameplate and it has been around for seven years. The existing design has certainly aged but in response to the growing competition, Renault won’t be introducing a brand new second generation that has been on sale internationally since 2017. Instead, another facelift is being prepared and its launch is scheduled for 8th July. It is clear that the facelift will be the biggest update yet for the compact SUV.
The spy image reveals the existence of new projector headlamps and the front grille done up in chrome for added premium touch. The bonnet has been redesigned to comply with the pedestrian crash test standards. Additionally, there is a set of newly designed alloy wheels, plastic cladding at the bootlid, revised front and rear bumpers, faux skid plates up front and rear.
The 2019 Renault Duster will gain quite a few interior updates including an updated touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, rectangular air vents, a splash of chrome on the dashboard, new steering wheel, etc.
The teaser image indicates the presence of a new blue colour scheme as well. The facelift will more likely have no mechanical changes as the long-serving 1.5-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines will stay put. Transmission options will continue to be a standard five-speed manual on petrol and six-speed manual on diesel.
A CVT will be offered as an option in the petrol variants. The diesel engine will likely be shelved ahead of BSVI emission regulations coming into effect in April 2020. Expect minor price hike when the facelift goes on sale from 8th of this month ahead of the arrival of the Triber.
The Triber is bound for the second half of 2019 and the brand’s volume hopes hinge with the MPV. The crossover-ish seven-seater will be aggressively positioned in the market and will undercut Maruti Suzuki Ertiga.