Could also get a 6-speed dual-clutch EDC automatic transmission.
Following the first set of spyshots of the 2016 Renault Duster testing in India, the test mule has been caught on the road yet again, courtesy of IAB reader Ajay Manian.
The most noticeable exterior change spotted so far is the new taillight cluster, which could be similar to the unit offered in the Brazilian-spec Duster. The front-end is expected to feature updated headlamps, re-designed bumper and an improved grille design.
Inside, the test mule appears to have the dashboard covered up as well, suggesting that the company will also tweak the interior design, which was last updated in the 2015 Renault Duster. As for equipment, it will continue to offer Renault's MediaNAV infotainment display, Bluetooth telephony, and cruise control.
Under the hood, the 2016 Renault Duster is likely to retain the 1.5-liter dCi diesel engine available in two power outputs: 85 PS and 110 PS. Other than a standard manual gearbox, a report claimed that Renault may offer a 6-speed dual-clutch EDC automatic transmission, given the rising interest for diesel automatic SUVs. Like the current model, an AWD system with independent suspension will be offered in the range-topping trim.
The 2016 Renault Duster is expected to enter the Indian market towards the end of this year. Given the demand for Hyundai's Creta, and the arrival of the upcoming Maruti S-Cross, the timing of the facelift's launch could not have been a coincidence.