Tue, 19 Nov 2019

Renault India has launched the much awaited 2019 Duster facelift today. It is priced from Rs 8 lakhs, ex-sh for the base petrol variant. Petrol CVT is priced from Rs 10 lakhs while diesel AWD top variant is priced from Rs 12.5 lakhs. All prices are ex-sh, Delhi.

Modifications to the rear also include black plastic cladding while the Duster facelift now sits on new dual tone, multi spoke machine finished 16" alloy wheels. The facelifted model also gets a new Blue paint scheme. Interiors of the sub compact SUV are seen with new dashboard design with revised AC vents on the central console in a rectangular shape unlike earlier circular ones. It also sports the Media NAV touchscreen infotainment console supporting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

2019 Renault Duster price list

RXS Petrol: Rs 9.19 lakhs

RXS Petrol CVT: Rs 9.99 lakhs

RxE 85 PS Diesel: Rs 9.29 lakhs

RXS 85 PS Diesel: Rs 9.99 lakhs

RXS 110 PS 4X2 MT Diesel: Rs 11.19 lakhs

RXZ 110 PS 4X2 MT Diesel: Rs 12.09 lakhs

RXZ 110 PS 4X2 AMT Diesel: Rs 12.49 lakhs

RXZ 110 PS 4X4 MT Diesel: Rs 12.49 lakhs

Seat fabric has been changed along with door trims, which are now seen with contrast stitching accents. There is also a cooled glove box available in the updated Duster. Updates in terms of safety include dual front airbags, ABS, EBD, rear parking sensors and front seat belt reminders. It also gets pre-tensioners and load limiters offered as standard. Other features include cruise control, electronic stability control and speed warning.

The engines will continue in similar formats as today. It does not get BS6 engines, instead same old BS4 engines are seen. The 1.5 liter, 4 cylinder H4K petrol engine delivers 106 PS power and 142 Nm torque mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox or CVT. The 1.5 liter, 4 cylinder dCi diesel engine offers 110 PS power and 245 Nm torque mated to a 6 speed manual and AMT. The same engine is also offered with entry diesel variant, delivering 85 PS and 200 Nm via 5 MT.

Like the current Duster, the new the 2019 Renault Duster facelift will continue to rival the Hyundai Creta, Maruti S-Cross, etc. Renault Duster is one of the least selling SUV in the segment. But there was a time, when it was the best selling SUV. Failure to update the car with new features, interiors, quality, etc, has resulted in the huge decline in sales. From selling 8,000 units a month in 2012, it is now selling less than 800 units a month. Will the new Duster help increase sales, only time will tell.

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