NEW DELHI: Renault will unveil its new, second-generation Duster SUV at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo.
But the car lovers in India will have to wait until the end of this year put their hands on the SUV as the company has decided to launch it by that time only.
This is mainly done to prevent the new Duster from eating into sales of Renault Captur.
Though the company has great hopes on Captur, it may rethink on Duster launch much earlier, if the Captur’s sales don’t pick up in the market.
The new Duster features a totally new design but maintains a resemblance to the outgoing model. In terms of changes, it gets new LED DRLs, projector headlamps, new LED tail lamps, refreshed grille, a new bumper design, 17-inch rims and flared wheel arches. These changes make the new Duster classier while retaining all the machoness that is associated with the brand.
The new SUV is expected to be a low-cost SUV in most international markets. In the Indian market, the new Duster will sit below the Captur in terms of price and positioning and will be sold with Renault branding. The interiors of the new Duster also get a full revamp, with a more sophisticated design, better materials used and new features added.
Mechanically, the 2018 Duster is expected to be more or less unchanged. The 1.5 litre petrol and diesel engine options will be offered, with both manual and automatic gearbox options. A front wheel drive layout will be standard, along with an all-wheel drive layout as an optional extra.