In the Indian automobile market the demand for the compact utility vehicles is on the rise. It all started with the launching of the compact SUV the Duster by the Renault India Private Limited in July 2012 which changed the fortunes of the company. Many compact Crossovers have appeared later in the Indian market. The Duster has lost some ground recently because of the competition from the likes of Ford EcoSport, the Premier Rio and the Mahindra XUV 500. The RIPL is refreshing their most popular car shortly to make it more competitive. The Duster Facelift is expected to be launched in January 2015.
The Renault Duster Facelift was showcased during the 2014 Indian auto expo. Presently the Duster comes in 2 petrol and 12 diesel variants including the second anniversary edition launched on 10/7/2014. The Duster Facelift also will have petrol and diesel variants with one or two All Wheel drive variants. The expected prices of the Duster facelift are Rupees 8 to 13 lakh.
The exterior of the new Duster may have some cosmetic updates. The new changes will be a new grille, a revised headlamp cluster and new scuff plates affixed at the front and the rear. At the rear there will be a modified tail lamp cluster and a new exhaust pipe integrated to the diffuser. The roof rails will be modified to increase their load carrying capacity.
The cabin of the new Duster will also have some modifications. The new central instrument cluster, revised fabric upholstery and new type of switches for power windows will be the new attractions. The standard features of the cabin may include a manual AC, an engine immobiliser, child lock and central lock facilities and internally operated ORVMs. Top petrol variants will have 2 airbags, ABS, EBD, Brake Assist, electrically operated body coloured ORVMs and a 2 Din music system with Bluetooth connectivity. The top diesel variants will have rear parking sensors.
The diesel variants of the new Duster will be powered by the old engines. The 1461 cc engine will be re-tuned to 84 ps and 110 ps powers to improve the fuel efficiency to 19.01 to 20.45 kmpl. For petrol variants instead of the old 1.6 litre engine a new 1.2 litre, 124 ps engine may be used giving mileages of 13.24 kmpl.
The dimensions of the new Duster will remain as 4315 mm length, 1822 mm width, 1695 mm height, 2673 mm wheel base and 205 mm ground clearance. The suspension will be McPherson strut at the front and Torsion beam at the rear.
When launched the competition for the Duster Facelift is expected from the SUVs the Ford EcoSport, the Nissan Terrano and the Mahindra XUV 500.
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