The compact SUV segment in India is booming, and Renault is ready to grab a piece of the pie with the all-new Duster. While its global debut happened under the Dacia brand, here’s a sneak peek at what Indian customers can expect when it arrives next year.
The Renault Duster first arrived in India in 2010, instantly garnering attention with its bold SUV stance, affordable price tag, and go-anywhere attitude. It carved a space for itself as a no-nonsense, practical SUV, perfect for navigating city streets and venturing off the beaten path. The Duster quickly became a beloved choice for adventure seekers and families alike, solidifying its position as a segment leader. It can be considered the first proper compact SUV of India – especially considering it offered AWD. Also read: Upcoming Duster: Everything you need to know
While the global debut happened under the Dacia brand, the Duster will proudly wear the Renault badge in India. The new iteration boasts a bolder front fascia, adorned with the iconic diamond logo, marking its return to familiar territory. However, the core strengths remain – a commanding stance, practical dimensions, and a reputation for tackling any terrain.
Inside, the Duster gets a significant upgrade in terms of technology and comfort. Higher trims will feature a sophisticated 7-inch digital instrument cluster and a large 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system, offering a modern and connected driving experience. The driver-centric layout promises a focused and engaging feel, while lower variants are expected to offer a more traditional setup. Also see: Renault Duster 7-seat variant likely
Renault understands the diverse needs of Indian customers, and the new Duster is likely to offer a range of engine options. A fuel-efficient 1.0-liter TCe gasoline engine will cater to those seeking everyday practicality. For those who crave a bit more power, a 1.2-liter TCe mild-hybrid option with all-wheel drive might be available. And for the environmentally conscious, the top-of-the-line E-Tech hybrid promises a potent combination of a 1.6-liter engine and an electric motor.
Unlike its European counterpart, the Indian Duster will be proudly manufactured at the Renault Nissan plant in Chennai. This ensures better adaptation to local road conditions, driving preferences, and emission norms. Additionally, local production translates to potentially smoother supply chains and potentially competitive pricing.
The new Duster is expected to arrive in India sometime in the second half of 2025, available in both 5-seater and 7-seater configurations. The 5-seater will go head-to-head with established players like the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos, offering a compelling blend of ruggedness, technology, and value. The 7-seater, on the other hand, will take on the likes of the Hyundai Alcazar, Tata Safari, and MG Hector Plus, promising ample space and practicality for large families.
With its refreshed design, modern features, and diverse engine options, the new Renault Duster is poised to continue the legacy of its predecessor. Its familiar strengths combined with a modern touch make it a promising contender in the ever-evolving Indian SUV segment. So, get ready to welcome the Duster back, ready to tackle any adventure that comes its way.
The Duster had its time under the spotlight in India, and its popularity slowly waned post 2015, when more and more compact SUVs and sub-compact SUVs made their appearance in the Indian market. The Renault Duster had become quite long in the tooth, and after some ineffective refreshes, Renault discontinued it in India. The new Duster looks quite a lot more modern, and would belong on the roads of 2024 easily. It can put up a strong challenge to the incumbents. What is the hitch? Well, the launch is expected in 2025 – the competition is likely to be even more fierce then in the compact SUV segment.
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