Reported to launch towards the end of this year.
The India-spec Renault Duster facelift has started testing on Chennai roads, ahead of a launch which is reported to take place towards the end of this year.
On the outside, its evident that designers have given the Duster LED or LED-effect taillights, though the overall shape of the clusters remain identical to the current model. New alloy wheels are also noticed on this prototype, and while spyshots of the front are unavailable, Renault is expected to tweak the design of the headlights, bumper and grille as well.
What is also interesting is that the dashboard of this prototype is camouflaged, indicating that interior changes will be more than just a new seat upholstery, or entertainment system. However, mechanically, the Duster facelift is expected to retain its 1.5-liter dCi diesel engine, though one report pointed out that Renault is keen to get its 6-speed dual-clutch EDC automatic transmission on this variant. The current Duster is also available with a 1.6-liter petrol engine, which should continue on the facelift as well.
The Duster, before it was joined by its sister-offering the Terrano, enjoyed a monopoly of sorts in its segment (5-seat compact SUV), however thats not the case anymore. Newer entrants come in the form of the Hyundai Creta, which has bagged over 18,000 orders already, and the Maruti S-Cross which is scheduled to launch on August 5, 2015.