Facelifted Renault Duster spotted ahead of Auto Expo unveil – Spied

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Autocar India reader, Prajit PS, has caught the facelifted Renault Duster testing in Chennai, ahead of its expected debut at the Auto Expo 2016 in the first week of February. Market launch could happen in March or April 2016.

Facelifted Renault Duster side spotted ahead of Auto Expo unveil
The new Renault Duster is expected to debut at the Auto Expo 2016 in the first week of February, followed by a market launch in March or April 2016.

As seen in many spyshots, the new Renault Duster will look somewhat similar to that of the Brazil-spec model. It gets updated taillight clusters and new alloy wheel designs, while the front-end receives a single slat grille flanked by headlamps with a new cluster design. Besides, every body panel on the car could be different.

Renault India’s Managing Director & CEO Sumit Sawhney told IAB last year that the Renault Duster facelift will have “a lot of innovations.”

Changes will also be seen inside the compact SUV, featuring a new single piece center console panel that houses the round HVAC vents, central cubby hole, and MEDIANAV touchscreen display, while the HVAC controls are now separated from the main console. New fabric upholstery and updated buttons, display graphics are also expected.

Facelifted Renault Duster rear spotted ahead of Auto Expo unveil
The new Renault Duster will look somewhat similar to that of the Brazil-spec model currently sold.

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The Renault Duster facelift will continue to offer the familiar 1.5-liter K9K dCi diesel engine available in two power tunes: 85 PS and 110 PS. While the former is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, the latter gets a 6-speed manual unit as well as a new Easy-R AMT option. Autocar India reports that Renault couldn’t integrate the previously rumored 6-speed DCT gearbox due to the high cost difference with the AMT (upwards of INR 2 Lakhs).

Renault Duster (Facelift) Brazilian-spec – Image Gallery

[Source: Autocar India]

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