Renault Begins Testing of Next-Gen Duster

  • Likely to launch sometime in 2025
  • Both 5 and 7 seater variants to be offered
  • Design based on Dacia Bigster Concept

March 16, 2023     Team CarLelo
Renault Begins Testing of Next-Gen Duster

The first-generation Duster was arguably the pioneer of the Indian compact SUV segment, changing the fortunes for Renault in India. The high driving position, good ground clearance combined with car-like comfort and handling made it an instant success in the country. 

While Renault did not launch the second-gen Duster in India, it is expected to bring the third-generation model sometime around the year 2025. And now, latest spy shots have surfaced online that give us the first-ever look into the next-gen SUV. 

Next-Gen Renault Duster: Exterior Design

Though clad in heavy camouflage, you can make out that the Next-Gen Duster test mule has a design that is inspired by the Dacia Bigster Concept. The front features a flat and boxy bonnet with a thin grille and LED headlights sitting underneath. The side profile of the SUV provides flared and squared off wheel arches, roof rails, pull-type door handles for the front while the rear door-handles are integrated into the C-pillar. Moving to the rear end, the boot lid features a raked windscreen, roof spoiler, and what looks like boomerang-shaped LED tail lights. 

Next-Gen Renault Duster: Powertrain and Platform Details

The upcoming Renault Duster will be based on Renault-Nissan’s CMF-B modular platform, which has been heavily localized to help lower production costs. This means that Nissan will also launch their own-branded SUV based on the new Duster, similar to what the Terrano used to be. The new platform is also likely to allow Renault to offer a 7-seat variant alongside the standard 5-seat model. 

Powertrain details for the upcoming SUV are currently speculative at best. However, Renault is expected to offer a ICE-powertrain for the SUV in India. The automaker may also introduce a strong-hybrid option later.

Next-Gen Renault Duster: Rivals in India

Upon its launch, the New Renault Duster will rival the likes of the MG Hector, Kia Seltos, Hyundai Creta, VW Taigun, Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, and the Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder in the country.

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