The exterior of the second generation Renault Duster witnesses cosmetic changes in the form of a new front grille, LED DRLs, new tail lamp cluster and redesigned bumpers but the overall design stays identical to the current Duster.
The all-new Duster has been revealed by the French carmaker Renault. Out of the total number of Dacia cars sold in the first six months of 2017, 310,141 were passenger vehicles, while the remainder were commercial vehicles.
The crease lines of the bonnet have also been altered and the new Duster is fitted with a satin-chrome-finish skid plate which is scratch-resistant.
The new Duster model will be launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show on September 12, Renault said in a statement. It will feature a new look outside, a redesigned cabin and extra equipment. The windscreen has been brought forward 100mm compared with the current Duster and is more steeply raked, which is claimed to make the cabin longer. But you can cover said panels in a new Atacama Orange paint colour. The new aluminium roof bars, meanwhile, "extend the line of the windscreen for a more dynamic profile.".
At the rear, horizontal lines and lights at the extreme corners boost Duster's solid appearance. The new 17-inch alloy wheels and black wing arch trims on sides can not go unnoticed. The model now gets a Dacia's typical lighting theme with four red stacked squares, for a funky look. Adding to the tough guy image is a wider satin-chrome-finish rear skid plate to match the one in the front. The wide myriad of offerings includes a Duster that can function optimally in extreme cold in Russian Federation, a flex-fuel model for Brazil, and RHD from Renault India.
In the first seven months of 2017, Dacia registered 15,847 vehicles, a rise of 6.8% compared with the same period previous year. Renault India could showcase the all-new Duster at the 2018 Auto Expo next February while the launch is likely towards the end of the year or sometime in 2019.
Over two million units (Renault & Dacia) sold since launch, makes Duster a top-selling group/brand vehicle. Mechanically, the 2018 Duster retains the same underpinnings including the 1.5-litre diesel and several petrol engine options.