Renault-Nissan have confirmed three new models for the Indian market. The lineup includes the new-generation Renault Duster, Nissan’s Tirber-based 7-seater MPV and new entry-level electric car.
The carmaker plans to invest around RS $500 million (Rs 4,000 crore) for its upcoming products. The all-new Renault Duster (third-generation) will hit our roads by 2024-2025. The SUV will be designed on the heavily localized CMF-B modular platform that will also underpin Nissan’s new 7-seater SUV.
Design and styling of the new Renault Duster will be similar to the Dacia Bigster concept that first broke cover in early 2021. We expect it to share body panels and design bits such as LED lighting, pronounced fenders, integrated alumium-style skid plates with the Bigster. The SUV’s production-ready version might get the conventional door handles and miss out on some high-tech features of the concept.
If reports are to be believed, the new-generation Duster will be bigger and more spacious than its predecessor. The latter one measures 4341mm in length. Interior might also share elements with the Dacia Bigster concept. The SUV is likely to come with features such as a digital instrument cluster, a larger, free-standing touchscreen infotainment system, wireless phone charger, new switchgears, etc.
As far as engine is concerned, the new Renault Duster could be offered with a 1.2L turbo petrol engine boosted with a 48V hybrid tech. It’s combined power output will be around 130bhp. The SUV might also be made available with a 1.3L turbo petrol engine. It will come with the AWD (all-wheel drive) system along with the high ground clearance and improved approach & departure angles.
Once launched, the all-new Duster will take directly on the mid-size SUVs including Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Maruti Grand Vitara, Toyota Hyryder, Skoda Kushaq and Volkswagen Taigun. More details on the SUV’s new model are expected to be revealed in near future. Stay tuned to IndiaCarNews.