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Two mysterious images of a compact Nissan SUV have appeared on Facebook today, brought to light by reader messages. These images are believed to be strictly for internal circulation and study purposes. To be exact, these are not photographs – they are digital 3D mock-ups from a design lab.

Nissan Duster version frontRenault Duster front facia

There is no method to verify the authenticity of the images, but when you put the Nissan mini SUV images side by side with similar angles of the Renault Duster, they throw up interesting results.

Nissan Duster version rearRenault Duster rear

When we spoke to Mr. Sanjay. G, the marketing head of Nissan India at the launch of the Nissan Evalia last year, without revealing the actual plan, said that the Nissan mini SUV won’t be a rebadged Renault Duster. Last week Nissan held a press conference in Chennai where they confirmed the launch of this unnamed mini SUV for 2013.

Chevrolet Orlando rear angle

The Chevrolet Orlando will not be happy seeing this!

We got to spend a few minutes interacting with Mr.Takayuki Ishida, Managing Director and CEO of Nissan India at this meeting. He said Nissan does not want to miss the opportunity of the fast-increasing SUV market.

When asked if a rebadged Duster is the car identified for India and if the festive season is a good time to launch, Ishida san said: “Between Renault and Nissan, we have lots of common resources, that maybe a choice. Diwali is one of the good seasons, we should be in time for that.”

Renault Duster vs Nissan Duster

Nissan India model plans for FY2013The front fascia of the Nissan Duster is completely different from the Renault version. There are very limited similarities – the windshield shape, position of the tow hook, external radio antenna, and the shape and dimensions of the fog light can be matched. The hood, grille, headlamps, bumper and the front fenders are redesigned.

Moving to the rear fascia, the inspiration for the redo has come from the Chevrolet Orlando (inset). The shape of the windshield glass, the tow hook mounting, and the style of the exhaust tip match perfectly. Everything else down to the rear wiper has been revisited.

Redesigning the Renault Duster is the only route to provide immediate opportunities for Nissan India as the European Juke maybe too expensive to manufacture in India and designing a new car from scratch will take four years.

Rebadging the Duster is inexpensive as the product is localized heavily, and manufacturing it won’t be a problem as there is enough capacity at Oragadam and the assembly lines are ready for an SUV of the Duster’s shape and dimensions. Another reason why its a wise business decision is that it would add scale to the B-Platform.

If current brand positioning continues unchanged, expect the Nissan Duster to launch with not more than a 50k rupee reduction, relative to Renault Duster variants.

[Source - Facebook.com]

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  • iqbal

    if it will launch with the same senario and additionaly with lesser amount than renault . I can assure that this will be the best investment by Nissan.

  • http://www.guargum.org guar gum

    The nissan version looks so better with the typical front grille and the tail lights. Renault Duster is just okay.
    Thanks for the photos.

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  • arul

    the pictures show that the interiors are different than in duster. Is nissan planning to retain the same dashboard or change it?

    • http://indianautosblog.com Shrawan Raja

      Hi Arul, we can’t read too much into the interior of this car as the model shown here in LHD, which is not made in India. I think its only for the purpose of illustration or continuity/appearance, we believe there could be changes to the color and perhaps the patterns in the fabric, but nothing more. However nothing is official yet, we’ll have to wait a bit longer to verify from spy pics.

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  • Subbiahpalani

    I dunno sure as hell looks a whole lot like the Nissan Pathfinder face life to me

    • Subbiahpalani

      face-lift*

  • kapil

    The Nissan duster is sure good looking and looks much better than the Renault>

    • Swapnil R

      The front grille looks really good for this body style but IMHO the rear looks uglier than Renault’s version!
      Hope they put on some macho looking alloys too! (The wishlist keeps increasing)

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