The all-new 2018 Renault Duster has finally out in the open. It has been two months since Dacia, a sub brand of Renault, unveiled its version of Duster at the last Frankfurt Motor Show back in September. The latest iteration of Renault Duster seems to be emphasising on the off-roading traits of the car which rejuvenated the compact SUV segment in India.
The older Duster recieved incremental updates in the form of redesigned grille and new variants but this new design from Dacia seems to be more than just an update.
As per convention, Dacia sells the Duster in France, Spain and United Kingdom, whereas the Renault markets the same vehicle, albeit with some changes, in international markets. The new 2018 Renault Duster seems to be keeping up with this tradition. The latest Renault Duster will come with some cosmetic changes in comparison to the Dacia Duster.
Most prominent of the difference is the refurbished grille on the Duster. The grille on Renault Duster flows slightly downwards to meet the front bumper, whereas the one with Dacia branding keeps to the width of the headlamps. The three-section grille with chrome inserts remains more or less the same with a change of the brand logo, depending on the market. A similar difference in logo is seen on the back. The exterior of the Renault Duster remains the same as the Dacia Duster.
Inside the car, the four-spoke steering wheel seen on the Dacia Duster has been replaced with a three-spoke one with Renault Duster. Also, the circular air conditioning vents on the former's dashboard have been given up in the favour of rectangular ones in the latter Duster, without any other changes to the dashboard.
The 2018 Renault Duster will reportedly come with a choice of two petrol engines and a diesel engine. The petrol engine option will have the SCe 115 (4x2 and 4x4 versions) together with either a manual gearbox or CVT automatic transmission (4x2 only). Another petrol engine option is the 2.0 16V 145 with automatic transmission and four wheel drive.
There will be two states of tune available for the diesel engine - dCi 85/90 (4x2 versions) and the dCi 110 (4x2 and 4x4 versions). Two-wheel drive versions of Renault Duster powered by the dCi 110 motor can be equipped with EDC automatic dual-clutch transmission.
The Renault Duster will also come with some cosmetic changes in 2018 along with it for a more rugged look. The wider grille and the sculpted hood in front adds to the SUV vide of the latest Duster. The wheels are five-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels which are housed under flared wheel arches. The black trim around the front wheel arches adds to the sporty quotient of the car.
While reports suggest that the 2018 Renault Duster will land in India sometime in the latter half of 2018, Renault is not revealing anything regarding the launch of the compact SUV. Duster has been a popular SUV in Indian markets and could eat into the sales of Renault Captur, which was recently launched in the country.