Renault Duster Facelift First Look Review

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Renault Duster Overview

After the unveiling of the Renault Triber, the French automaker has launched its major sales champion, the Renault Duster in a facelifted avatar. A major facelift of the Renault Duster 2019 has been pending for a while now and the car has been sensibly priced with a starting price of Rs 7.99 lakhs (ex-showroom). The top two variants continue to get AWD and AMT. The RXS Option 110 PS Diesel AWD is the most expensive of the lot with a price-tag of Rs 12.49 lakhs.

Once the best selling SUV, the Duster has lately come under threat from growing competition and a lack of features to defend itself. The butchy SUV looks and relatively compact dimensions had customers queuing up to buy this vehicle. The Duster was a favorite for many years. It came with a powerful 1.5-litre diesel engine, all of which made it a winning concoction. It was very comfortable too. Now, with many new premium SUVs and compact SUVs coming in with new features the Duster has finally stepped its game up. Check for Renault Duster  price in Mumbai at Autozhop

Renault Duster Exterior & Look

When it comes to basic design and looks, there are no changes. However, the company has given several tweaks here and there to give it a distinct look from the earlier model. The square-shaped blacked out headlights now gets more detailing that makes it look futuristic. The grille design has completely revamped with new twin-slat chrome one which is better styled than the previous version. The car also gets chunky scuff plates and heavily brushed silver cladding at the front as well as on the rear that does add to the aggressive SUV credentials.

The most evident change in the side profile is in the form of new black alloys. While the new alloys look plainer, they lend altogether a different appearance when they are in motion. The turn indicators are now an integral part of ORVMs which are electrically foldable. The rear portion is also revised with new S-shaped signature LED making way into the tail lamp cluster. Overall, the changes are subtle but give a youthful touch to the car.

Renault Duster Interior & Comfort

Renault has given a fresh round of updates to the cabin in order to make it a lot more user-friendly. There are new black and chocolaty brown plastics all over along with more silver highlights and chrome detailing that has certainly spruced up the cabin. The center console has also been given a more gloss plastic treatment.

The controls for ORVMs which were under the handbrake have now been moved to a new practical position on the driver’s side. The new fabric seats with dual texture now offer a sense of richness and front pair getting an armrest for additional comfort. The coziness of the front and rear seats remain intact. The plenty of head, shoulder and leg room shows that the seats still offer a great deal of support. The new Renault Duster gets the much needed automatic climate control feature along with new controls for AC.

The functionality of the MediaNav touchscreen infotainment has been enhanced with voice recognition feature for paired iPhones. The same touchscreen now gives visuals for rear parking camera. The enormous boot space of 475 litres is certainly a boon for those who are looking to take this vehicle on long tours. Other features in the car include cruise control, multi-information display, steering mounted controls, 8-way adjustable driver’s seat and multi-driving modes.

Renault Duster Engine & Gearbox

Speaking of the Renault Duster 2019 specs, the SUV boasts of two options, namely 1.5L petrol and a 1.5L TDCi diesel engine. The 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol unit generates a max power of 106bhp and a peak torque of 142Nm. It is available with optional 5-speed MT or a 6-speed CVT. The 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel unit comes in two different states of tune. The lower-state of tune unit extracts a max power of 85bhp and peak torque of 200Nm. This engine comes mated with a 5-speed MT only, whereas the higher state of tune unit generates a max power of 110bhp along with peak torque of 245Nm. This unit gets optional 6-speed MT or an AMT, available exclusively in the top-spec RXZ trim. The SUV comes with an All-Wheel-Drive system in RxS (0) variant. For more information on Renault Duster check Icassp2003

The engines being offered in Duster are tried and tested and known for their excellent fuel economy. The 85PS variant can return a mileage of 19.87kmpl while the fuel efficiency of 110PS version for both manual and AMT variants stands at 19.6 kmpl. The 1.5L petrol engine is able to make ARAI certified 14.19kmpl for a liter of fuel.

Renault Duster Driving Dynamics

Talking of the Renault Duster 2019 performance, one thing is for sure that the off-road capabilities it exhibits are just marvellous. The way it tackles rough terrain absorbs big bumps and pits on the road, distinguishing it from the competitors. The suspension system includes Mcpherson strut and double acting shock absorbers. Overall, the ride quality of the SUV is superb.

Renault Duster Braking & Safety

The new Renault Duster is compliant with BNCAP front, side & pedestrian crash norms and is compliant with safety features stipulated by the Indian authorities. It is equipped with a host of active and passive safety features like Antilock-Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), driver and passenger airbags, rear parking sensors, seat belt reminder & speed alert. All these safety features are standard across all versions of the new Renault Duster. Features such as Reverse Parking Camera, Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and Hill-Start Assist enhance the SUV capability of Duster. The new Duster offers a range of 38 different categories of innovative accessories which enhances its SUV appeal and make the drive more comfortable and convenient for the passengers.

Renault Duster Cost in Mumbai

Renault Duster On Road Price is 9,11,765/- and Ex-showroom Price is 7,99,000/- in Mumbai. Renault Duster comes in 7 colours, namely Cayenne Orange,Amazon Green,Comet Grey,Woodland Brown,Galaxy Black,Moonlight Silver,Pearl White. Renault Duster comes with 2WD with 1598 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 103 bhp@5750 rpm and Peak Torque 148 Nm@3750 rpm DRIVE TRAIN 2WD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Renault Duster comes with Manual Transmission with 2WD .

Renault Duster Conclusion

The Renault Duster 2019 has been given major tweaks with respect to exteriors, interiors, and technology infotainment features. This time Renault is all set to provide many features and capture the interest of more buyers in the SUV category. It comes in 2 new additional colour namely Caspian Blue and Mahogany Brown along with 5 other colours which are prevalent.

Renault Duster is available in five different variants such as STD, RXS, RXL, RXZ and RXS CVT. The pricing of the duster has been kept competitive so as to please the buyers against its counterparts. The base model is priced at Rs. 7.95 lakh while the top spec model is available at Rs. 12.79 lakh. The top selling model diesel RXZ AMT is tagged at Rs. 12.33 lakh ex-showroom, New Delhi.

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