New 2018 Renault Duster revealed

Wednesday, 15 Nov, 2017

The latest iteration of Renault Duster seems to be emphasising on the off-roading traits of the auto which rejuvenated the compact SUV segment in India.

Renault sells the Duster under its line-up in markets like Brazil, Russia and Ukraine and some regions like Africa and the Middle-east, while the "Dacia" Duster is sold in nations like France, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Yes, we know that this is not the first time we're telling you about the new-gen duster, but if you would remember, the vehicle that was showcased at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

As you would expect, we're dealing with a classic case of badge engineering here, as the Renault Duster that has debuted at the Dubai Motor Show looks just like the Dacia version. Talking about the interior, well, the cabin of the 2018 Duster gets a 3-spoke steering wheel instead of the 4-spoke unit on the Dacia version. 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. A similar difference in logo is seen on the back. The latest Duster is based on the 2018 Dacia Duster that was unveiled in late August early this year. Also, the circular aircon vents give way to rectangular units.

New 2018 Renault Duster revealed

The diesel range includes the dCi 85/90 only available on 4x2 models, and the dCi 110 (4x2 and 4x4 versions).

Depending on the engine selected, buyers can choose between front-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive, and various self-shifting gearbox options are available in addition to traditional manual transmission. The 110 bhp version will be available with an optional EDC automatic dual-clutch transmission. However, this is the 2018 Renault Duster and it carries slight changes over its Romanian counterpart. The grille is now wider and the headlights have been pushed to the either corner to make the SUV look wider. The wheels are five-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels which are housed under flared wheel arches.

The India launch of the new Renault Duster could still be some time away. 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.