November 22, 2019

Renault Duster Facelift Review & Test Drive


Renault Duster Overview

It was in 2012 that the Renault Duster was first launched in India. It was a path-breaking SUV. It started off the compact and the sub-compact SUV segment in India paving the way for the likes of other popular models like the Ford EcoSport and the Hyundai Creta. But the model generation of the SUV remained the same. We were the first ones to tell you that India won’t get the 2nd generation Renault Duster, but will be the lead market for the 3rd Gen car.

And so the current Duster gets its second big facelift to keep the sales going till the 3rd generation Duster comes by 2021. But is this facelift enough? Especially given newer rivals like the Tata Harrier, MG Hector and the soon-to-be-launched Kia Seltos have moved the benchmark in the compact SUV space much higher?

Renault Duster Style

The Renault Duster 2019 exterior has been provided with a lot of advancements. The front fascia gets a newly sculpted bonnet, projector headlights with LED DRL’s, dual tone body coloured front bumper, new fog lamp housing with wider air dams, skid plate and tri-winged front chrome grille. Talking of the rear, the rear skid plate, rear LED tail lamps, Matte black tailgate embellisher and plastic cladding present between the taillamps give the SUV a rugged look. In addition, the SUV gets kayak roof rails, electrically foldable and adjustable ORVM and 16-inch Everest diamond-cut alloys for an exuberant appeal.

Renault Duster Space

The interior gets subtle updates too! The dashboard gets new rectangular vents instead of the earlier circular vents. The body-coloured inserts on the dashboard add to the glam factor along with new upholstery on the seats with blue contrast stitching. Also, the steering unit is new along with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

But, we feel the placement of the screen is an issue! It is placed down below on the centre console and one needs to take his/her eyes off to use it when driving, which isn’t exactly ideal. Plus, the cabin still misses out on an arm-rest for the co-passenger up front. The materials used inside the cabin go up by a notch but still do not feel as premium as the other SUVs in the segment. Oh yes! The fonts on the instrument console have also been changed.Check for Renault Duster price in New Delhi at Tryaldrive.

Renault Duster Gearbox

The Renault Duster comes with a 1.6 litre petrol engine and a 1.5 litre diesel engine. The diesel engine comes in two states of tune in which it generates 84 hp of power at 3,750 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 1,900 rpm while in the other state of tune, it produces 109 hp of power at 3,900 rpm and 248 Nm of torque at 2,250 rpm. The petrol engine makes 103 hp of power at 5,350 rpm and 145 Nm of torque at 3,750 rpm. Both engines have been tuned for the best balance between performance and fuel efficiency.

The Renault Duster comes with a six speed manual transmission for the diesel engine that has 109 hp of power while the petrol engine and the lower state of tune diesel engine is offered with a 5 speed gearbox. The SUV is also available in an AMT gearbox only for select diesel engine options.The Renault Duster has an ARAI claimed fuel efficiency of 13.2 kmpl for the petrol variants and 19 kmpl for diesel variant which is acceptable for its segment.

Renault Duster Riding

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.To know more details on Renault Duster visit Wwrdheritage

Renault Duster Safety

The braking responsibilities are handled by disc and drum brakes. The Renault Duster 2019 safety features include dual airbags (driver and passenger), ABS, EBD and Brake Assist. Additionally, there are reverse parking sensors, engine immobiliser, rapid deceleration warning, remote keyless entry & central locking as standard across all the variants. Also, there is a reverse parking camera with guidelines. The AMT and AWD trim bring along ESP and Hill start assist functionality.

Renault Duster Cost in New Delhi

Renault Duster On Road Price is 9,11,765/- and Ex-showroom Price is 7,99,000/- in New Delhi. 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 Final Thought

The Renault Duster is an SUV offered by the French carmaker and comes in three diesel variants. The diesel engine is a 1.5 litre motor that is paired to a 5-speed manual transmission, a 6 speed manual gearbox and an AMT gearbox. In terms of safety, it comes with Anti lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), driver and passenger side and front impact beams, speed sensing automatic door locks, hazard warning switch and higher variants also have dual front airbags. Key features include all power windows, power steering, a touchscreen infotainment system with USB, AUX and Bluetooth connectivity.

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