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The first generation model of the Duster was a hit among the Indian public, and brought in very good sales numbers for the French automaker, however, it has been 7 years since the vehicle was launched in India. The Duster SUV has not been updated since its launch in 2012. However, the company recently announced that they will launch the refreshed version of the compact SUV in the Indian market on 8 July 2019. The updated model of Duster has already been spied multiple times and now there are spyshots doing round that reveal more details about the upcoming updated version of French automaker’s Duster compact SUV.
The updated model of the Renault Duster will come with a lot of aesthetic changes that will keep the model fresh in the market for the near future. The changes on production model of Duster spotted recently include revised styling on the front end of the vehicle. The grille of the Duster now has chrome work on it and the bonnet of the car has also been restyled. The fog lamp housings of the SUV have also been reworked and also making a presence are LED DRLs that were not offered on previous models of the French automaker's SUV.
The side shots of the SUV also show that the updated model of Duster will now sport new alloy wheels. Moving on to the rear one finds that the new updated Duster sports a slightly tweaked LED tail lamp setup. There is also black cladding on the boot lid of the SUV that extends from the end of the tail lamps to the number plate area.
The interiors of the upcoming model of Duster will also be tweaked and one can expect aesthetic changes and some additional features inside the upcoming version of SUV as well. The AC vents on the dashboard are now more square in design and tweaks have also been made to the door trims of the SUV. The fabric work on the seats of the Duster is also new and one can also expect to see major safety upgrades on the upcoming version of Duster so as to keep it more competitive in the segment. Among the rumours doing rounds on the internet is the fact that the company may make the AWD option available on the lower trims of the SUV so as to market it better among the off-roading and touring customers in India.
As far as the mechanicals of the upcoming version of Duster are concerned, the brand will likely discontinue the lower tuning diesel engine. The 1.5L diesel engine of the SUV is likely to be updated as per the upcoming BS-VI norms, a similar upgrade is also expected on the 1.6L petrol engine. The 1.5L diesel engine of Duster is rated to deliver 1.8 Bhp and 240 Nm and comes with the option of a 6-speed manual and a 6 speed AMT gearbox. Whereas the petrol engine of the SUV is rated to deliver 104 Bhp and 140 Nm and comes with the option of a manual or a CVT automatic gearbox. With the global markets already getting the second generation model of the SUV, there are chances that the French maker will bring the updated model of Duster at an attractive price tag in the market and stuff it with nifty features that will keep the SUV attractive at least until the next gen model of the Duster arrives in India.