In August 2017, Dacia - Renault’s low cost brand, revealed the second generation of its Duster SUV. Now, Renault has revealed its own version of the Dacia Duster with some cosmetic tweaks.
The Renault version of the next-gen Duster gets styling changes inline with the company’s latest design philosophy. Up front, the only change is the all-new Captur-like grille, which grants a more soft-roader personality to the Renault Duster, versus the rugged look of the Dacia version.
The alloy wheels have a new design, while the rear gains a chrome applique above the license plate. On the inside, the new Renault Duster gets a rectangular design for the air vents, versus Dacia’s circular ones. Also different is the steering wheel, which is a three spoke unit versus the Dacia’s four spoked wheel.
Other than that, the second-generation Renault Duster remains exactly identical to its Dacia counterpart, which means that it is underpinned by the same platform as the outgoing model. In profile, the second-generation model’s belt line has been raised, and the windscreen has been moved forward by 100mm to provide better cabin space compared to the current Duster, and is more steeply raked. The new model retains the squared wheel arches but gets new 17-inch alloy tyres, while also featuring a new vent with the side indicator housing on the front quarter panel.
Renault has just launched the Captur SUV in India, and is currently focusing on promoting that model. Therefore, do not expect the all-new Duster to launch here anytime soon.