French car maker Renault is currently busy planning an aggressive strategy for the car market of India in order to grab more market shares. Renault India is planning to launch a number of new models and also upgrade its existing lineup in order beat growing market competition and keep pace with the leading car makers. Currently, Renault is basking in the great attention garnered by its Kwid entry level hatchback which has impressed the Indian small car buyers with its stylish and sporty SUV-like design and great features. However, the French auto maker’s real game changer in India has been the Renault Duster SUV. The Duster actually made Renault a household name in India and earned great appreciation and popularity for its maker. The compact SUV segment also caught fire with the launch of the Duster which made all the car majors operating in India run to launch their own representative in this segment. Now, the compact SUV segment is one of the fastest growing segments in the Indian car market and this means cutthroat competition. The advent of new rivals has definitely dampened the high popularity of the Duster, which calls for the launch of the all new Renault Duster.
Renault has been giving timely updates to the capable urban SUV Duster, which has ensured that the SUV still remains a popular choice. It has received a good mid-life refresh and also special edition models with exciting customizations kits to keep customer interest intact. Nevertheless, the SUV will need a new generation avatar soon and Renault is working on the same. The all new Renault Duster is likely to launch sometime in 2019 and might be based on much appreciated CMF series platform. The next-gen model is also speculated to come with a 7-seater configuration alongside the 5-seater version.
The next generation Renault Duster will come with a new design language and is expected to get design from the next-gen Kaptur, and hence be much more premium. The all new Renault Duster is also expected to come with fully overhauled interiors, loaded with great premium features and up-class materials, which could change the entire market appeal of the Duster, as its ongoing model is criticized for not offering premium quality interiors.
Under the hood, the all new Renault Duster is likely to pack in a new 1.6 liter diesel motor replacing the existing 1.5 liter diesel mill which is offered in two states if tune – 84 Bhp and 108 Bhp. The new engine will not only be slightly larger, but also more refined and will offer better fuel efficiency along with lower emissions. A new 1.2 liter turbocharged petrol mill is going to power the petrol version of the vehicle. Transmission duties will be carried out by the same 6 speed manual and an AMT gearbox choice.
The next-gen Duster being more premium is likely to be little more expensive than the current model. Post its Indian launch, the all new Renault Duster will rival against the Hyundai Creta, Mahindra Scorpio and the likes.