Next gen 2018 Renault Duster India launch facing delays - Report

09/10/2017 - 09:43 | ,   | Dhruv Saxena

The second generation Duster's arrival in the Indian market could be facing delays reports Autocar India. The 2018 Dacia Duster, which will spawn the 2018 Renault Duster, was officially unveiled on August 30, 2017.

2018 Dacia Duster
The 2018 Dacia Duster made its global debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

The primary reason cited for the delay is the launch of the Renault Captur. According to the report, Renault is concerned that bringing the new Duster to India might cannibalise sales of the Captur. As it stands, the Renault Captur will be positioned just above the Renault Duster when it is launched in India this month. The company wants to give the Captur adequate time to establish itself before it launches the second generation Duster.

The 2018 Dacia Duster is built on the same platform as the model it replaces. Incidentally, it is also the platform the Renault Captur for India. The styling follows an evolutionary approach and blends modern design elements into the recognizable exterior of the outgoing Duster.

Renault has remained tight-lipped about the next generation Duster and its launch prospects in India. There were reports suggesting a bigger, 7-seat version of the SUV was in the works, but those rumours were quashed by Dacia's sales director.

2018 Renault Duster front three quarters rendering
Our rendering of the 2018 Renault Duster gives a fair idea of the SUV's front design. However, some reports suggest it may be more than a mere badge swap exercise.

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Dacia will put the new Duster on sale in its home market in early 2018 followed by a mid-2018 launch in the UK. Countries like India, where the Dacia Duster is sold as a Renault, are not expected to the get the new generation at least until 2019.

[source - Autocar India]

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