Renault is set to relaunch the Duster SUV this month. These are the main changes

Renault is set to relaunch the Duster SUV this month.  These are the main changes

Renault India is gearing up to relaunch its popular SUV, Duster, in the Indian market. Extensive testing has been carried out, and recently patent images of its design have emerged, suggesting that the new Duster will draw inspiration from the Bigster Concept, a 4.6-metre-long, 3-row SUV. Despite being more compact than the Bigster, the new Duster is gearing up for its global debut on November 29, with a possible launch point in Portugal, Live Hindustan reported.

Renault originally introduced the first generation Duster in 2013. (Live Hindustan)

Renault originally introduced the first generation Duster in 2013, but due to low demand, production was discontinued in 2020. Reports suggest that the revamped Duster will feature a powerful engine, enhanced mileage, and several connectivity features, putting it in direct competition with the models. Such as Hyundai Creta, Maruti Grand Vitara, Kia Seltos, MG Hector, Kia Carens, Hyundai Alcazar, and Mahindra XUV700.

It is expected to include an 8-inch infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 4X4 display with inclinometer and altimeter, a multi-view camera, a blind spot monitor, leather upholstery, cruise control, a center console, and a 3.5-inch digital instrument cluster. And automatic headlights. Going from a 5-seat full-size SUV to a 7-seat full-size SUV represents a significant change in size and design.

The SUV is expected to feature a 4X4 drivetrain and a hybrid powertrain, including a 1.2-liter turbo gasoline engine with a 48-volt hybrid system, generating 130 horsepower. Additionally, the option of a 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine is being considered, with an expected range of up to 25km/h.

In 2021, the SUV saw a decline in sales, as it struggled to compete with compact SUVs like the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Maruti Brezza and MG Aster. Notably, only 1,500 units were sold between July and December 2021, and sales dropped to zero as of January 2022. This decline led to a halt in production and the company faced challenges in liquidating the remaining inventory. As a result, Duster has been removed from the official website.

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