Nissan Duster to grace the Indian roads sooner than expected?

Posted on: Mar 20, 2013 - 7:19pm IST

Nissan Duster render front and backIf it was not for the Renault Duster, the French automaker would have been sidelined in the Indian automotive scene.

The Duster sparked the compact crossover SUV craze and is reigning the market with no real competitor. The delay of the much awaited Ford EcoSport only comes as a delight for the rebadged Dacia SUV.

However, its main foe would be emerging from within its family. With its own version of the Duster, Nissan has set its eyes on the pie and apparently it won’t be too long before it grabs a chunky piece.

Earlier there were reports that Renault is not happy in surrendering their golden goose to its alliance partner, at least not so soon. However, reports that the Nissan Duster could be plying the roads soon.

After being treated by Renault-Nissan’s rebadging exercise which involved a mere change of badges, one would expect the Nissan’s version of Duster to be the same car with new logos. Not in this case, says Nissan as their version of the compact SUV would be significantly different from the Renault Duster.

The front and rear fascias are expected to be completely new and the differences could be further extended to the interiors as well. The yet to be named Nissan SUV is likely to use components from the automaker’s own parts bin.

If the current positioning of badge engineered siblings from the Renault-Nissan Alliance is anything to go by, the Nissan SUV would sit below the Duster. We could sense an order book waiting to be flooded!

If Nissan could manage to bring out the SUV by mid-2013, it could mean a serious issue for Ford India who is yet to launch the EcoSport.


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7 thoughts on “Nissan Duster to grace the Indian roads sooner than expected?

  1. KIRTI K says:


  2. royk says:

    Since this is going to be a badge engineering product, do not expect any changes to AC vents, power buttons of mirrors..
    what can be expected is a finer state of tuning with engine – and cosmetic changes..

  3. tjacob says:

    Hi Shoeb R Kalania, why do you want an SUV to look like a delivery van from the rear?

  4. chirag says:

    please don’t make such mistakes in interior which duster had made. Please do work for steering audio control, change the place of electronic mirror settings. And one most important thing which should not be left, please put the rear a.c vents on top like ertiga these will increase the leg space n comfort. Try to make it featuristic in same price bracket.

    1. Sandeep says:

      I don’t think placing the AC grill on the top is a good idea. It works well if it’s a 3 row seating arrangement because even if cool air escapes to the back of the cabin, 3rd row passengers can utilize it. Since Duster has 2 row seating, it’s good to keep the air vents at the same location to improve the overall efficiency.

  5. Jishnu S V says:

    If Nissan alters the Clutch they will certainly beat the Duster. The Clutch in the Duster is very hard and is not user friendly in City driving condition. If Nissan makes a change to this then they have a ticket to success and Ecosport has a good capable competitor.

  6. timmy says:

    with countless reviews of the duster the people in nissan will surely know what all to be addressed with their version; nissan’s duster can become the all new ‘improved version’…


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As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!