Renault India has finally launched the Duster facelift at an introductory price of Rs 7.99 lakh (ex-showroom). The new avatar of Duster is equipped with 25 brand new features and technology enhancements, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto infotainment with voice recognition and EcoGuide along with safety features such as Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and Hill-Start Assist. It also gets two body colour options i.e. Caspian Blue and Mahogany Brown.
According to the company, the Duster facelift is equipped with a new tri-winged full chrome grille, dual tone body colour front bumper (with skid plate) and signature projector headlamps with LED DRLs. Also, there are 16-inch Everest diamond cut alloy wheels and Kayak roof rails. Other features include body coloured ORVM, matte black tailgate embellisher and waterfall LED tail lamps.
The updated Renault Duster comes with a Midnight Black interiors. The cabin is more spacious with premium blue glazed seats. The SUV gets an all-new multi-function steering wheel and it comes with ice blue graphic instrument cluster with multi-information display. Interestingly, the central console has dual tone finish.
The SUV further comes with a 17.64 cm touchscreen MediaNAV Evolution and it is compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, voice recognition and EcoGuide. The car also houses Arkamys sound system with four speakers and two front tweeters. Automatic climate control, cruise control with speed limiter and cooled glovebox are other features, Renault Duster facelift gets.
The Duster facelift is available with two engine options i.e. 1.5-litre H4K 4-cylinder in-line petrol and 1.5-litre dci 4-cylinder in-line diesel. Mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and an X-tronic CVT, the petrol engine churns out 106 PS and 142 Nm of peak torque.
On the other hand, customers will two choices with the diesel engine i.e. 110 PS and 245 Nm of torque and 85 PS and 200 Nm of torque. While the 110 PS variant comes mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox and an optional AMT, the 85 PS variant only has a 5-speed manual transmission. The SUV further gets an AWD (all-wheel drive) feature.
As far as safety features are concerned, Duster facelift complies with BNCAP front, side and pedestrian crash norms and those stipulated by the Indian government. The standard variant of Duster facelift sports features like antilock-braking system (ABS) with electronic brake distribution (EBD), driver and passenger airbags, rear parking sensors, seat belt reminder and speed alert. However, the higher variants also get reverse parking camera, electronic stability program (ESP) and hill-start assist (HSA).
The updated Duster has a 205 mm ground clearance, while the AWD variant is 5 mm better at 210 mm. Also, the SUV has a 475-litre boot. On the other hand, the Duster AWD has a slightly smaller boot at 410 litres.
Renault Duster facelift: Variant-wise price (ex-showroom) details:
RxE Petrol - Rs 7.99 lakh
RxS Petrol - Rs 9.19 lakh
RxS Option Petrol CVT - Rs 9.99 lakh
RxE 85 PS Diesel - Rs 9.29 lakh
RxS 85 PS Diesel - Rs 9.99 lakh
RxS 110 PS Diesel - Rs 11.19 lakh
RxZ 110 PS Diesel - Rs 12.09 lakh
RxZ 110 PS Diesel AMT - Rs 12.49 lakh
RxS Option 110 PS Diesel AWD - Rs 12.49 lakh
The Renault Duster facelift will be up against Hyundai Creta and Nissan Terrano in the Indian market.