The next generation Renault Duster based on the modular CMF-B platform will reportedly launch in India in the 2024-25 period
Renault-Nissan Alliance is reportedly close to finalising around Rs. 4,000 crore investments in India to bring in the new CMF-B platform and resultantly more new products will arrive including the next generation Duster. The midsize SUV has been on the rumour mill for long and is said to launch in the 2024-25 period.
Nissan India unveiled a trio of SUVs recently as the global-spec X-Trail, Qashqai and Juke were showcased in an event in New Delhi. The X-Trail full-size SUV will be the first one to be introduced sometime next year and its road testing has commenced locally. The report further notes that new models will make their way to India via CBU (Completely Build Up) route in the due course for Renault.
As for the second generation Duster, the CMF-B architecture will be heavily localised and it will also spawn more models including a seven-seater SUV based on the Bigster concept. Since the modular CMF-B has an EV derivative, an electric midsize SUV cannot be ruled out of the equation either. More interestingly, the platform will give rise to badge-engineered Nissan products.
Thus midsize five-seater SUVs and seven-seater SUVs are highly likely. The French auto major will bring in the Arkana (based on the Captur) next year while the Megan e-Tech is another possibility as they will be introduced via CBU route. Currently, the cost-efficient CMF-A platform underpins Renault’s Kiger, Kwid and Triber along with Nissan’s Magnite.
The long-serving M0 architecture can only be found in the Nissan Kicks and it may not be available for a long time. The CMF-B will help in expanding both brands’ domestic portfolios and it is already in business in developed markets like Europe. But it will have to be retooled for India and other emerging markets while meeting future tech and safety norms.
The Renault-Nissan Alliance could use India as an export hub for the upcoming CMF-B vehicles. With India being one of the highly prioritised markets for Renault, we can expect to see plenty of action over the next three years with new models coming in to meet the demands of the customers.