Next-gen Renault Duster to launch in India in 2019 – Report

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Reported to come in 5- and 7-seat variants. 

According to a report on the Economic Times, the next-generation Renault Duster will have its Indian market launch in 2019. The publication states that the second generation Duster, codenamed H79, will be introduced in the country in the January-June 2019 period.

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The 2017 Duster will move from a 1.5 dCi engine to a 1.6 unit. Seen here is our artist’s rendering.

While it is no secret that Renault/Dacia is working on a successor for the Duster globally, contrasting speculations arise over its platform. According to one Romanian publication, the 2017 Renault Duster will be based on the modern CMF platform (CMF-B), whereas several British magazines state that the new Duster will be underpinned by a modified version of the current generation Duster’s B0/Logan platform.

Similar to the Renault Kaptur/Captur, the new Duster could be made available in country-specific configurations, wherein emerging markets (India, South America etc.) adapt an upgraded version of the B0 platform and developed markets (European markets) will use a CMF-related platform. The exterior design however, will be similar in both variants much like the Renault Kaptur (emerging market) and Renault Captur (developed market).

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Until the new Duster, Renault India will rely on the current facelifted model by introducing new variants (Adventure edition) and special editions.

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Another speculation states that Renault will initially launch the new Duster in a 5-seat variant next year, whereas in 2018, a three-row 7-seat variant will be added to the portfolio. Both models would see a transition from the 1.5-liter dCi diesel engine to a 1.6-liter diesel engine with comparable improvements to emissions and efficiency, and a 1.2-liter turbocharged petrol engine.

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[Source – Economic Times]

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