The much awaited 2019 edition of Renault Duster SUV has been recently launched by the French carmaker with a starting price of INR 7.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). With this update, the new Duster now comes with nine engine options and also features some exciting design changes.
Nine variants, including three petrol and six diesel, are now available for the refreshed Renault Duster.
On the mechanical front, the petrol variant of the refreshed Duster has a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder engine unit that generates power of 106hp and 142 Nm of torque. The engine also comes mated to eithe 5-speed MT or a 6-speed CVT automatic gearbox. On the other side, a 1.5 litre-turbocharged engine unit is present in the diesel trim that produces power of 85hp and 200Nm of torque and comes linked to 5-speed manual transmission option only.
The new Duster also comes with the diesel-AMT combination, but only for its the top-spec RxZ variant. This also means that the price of new Duster AMT is INR 60,000 more than its predecessor model.
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Additionally, the more powerful Duster 110hp continues to be available with all-wheel drive (AWD) but now on the mid-level RxS instead of the top-spec RxZ variant, which has seen prices drop by about Rs 60,000. If we talk about the more powerful Duster 110hp variant, than it would be available with all-wheel drive (AWD) option.
Talking about the exterior design, the additions include a new front grille with chrome garnish, projector a new sculpted bonnet, headlamps with LED DRLs, and a higher bonnet line a redesigned front bumper, headlamps with LED DRL, roof rails, front and rear skid plates, alloys and plastic cladding on the tailgate.
Inside the car hood, an upgraded infotainment system with Android Auto compatibility and Apple CarPlay support, a new steering wheel, a faux-aluminium trim, chrome and gloss-black bits, rectangular AC vents on the centre console and a dash insert with same exterior colour are present in the updated duster.
As far as safety goes, the standard safety features include dual airbags, brake assist, and ABS with EBD. Lastly, the automatic and AMD variants also come with hill-start and ESC functionality.
A new blue exterior paint shade is also available with the new Duster. The 2019 Duster will directly compete against the likes of the Nissan Kicks, Hyundai Creta, and the Maruti Suzuki S-cross. Renault is also planning to launch its seven-seater-Triber later this year.