The new gen Duster will be launched in India next year
Dacia has released few images of the new generation Duster recently and quite honestly while many appreciated the new generation SUV while others were not so happy about it.
The new generation Duster according to the officials was built from scratch, and they have tried to resolve the previous issues that the SUV had in this new generation vehicle. What you will find in the images is the five seater SUV although there are talks that Dacia is also interested in launching a seven seater variant of the SUV as well soon.
The reports state that Dacia has plans to introduce the new Duster at the upcoming 2017 Frankfurt Motor show while you can expect its presence at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo. There is also a possibility of Renault launching the next generation Duster at the Auto Expo itself for the Indian market, but nothing is official yet.
So now that we have provided you with some information about the 2018 Renault/Dacia Duster we are pretty sure that all of you have also grown some interest about this iconic SUV which has started the revolution of affordable SUV in India.
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What do we know so far about the next generation Duster SUV
There is no doubt in the fact that the Duster has kept Renaults cash register ringing since its launch. It has been a pocket-friendly SUV which had almost every quality in it to stay on top of its game. But, If we consider the competition now it’s already been quite some that Renault introduced the Duster in India and they should start thinking of adding the updated one now. Renault although launched a facelift variant of the SUV last year with few new nips and tucks still it is now facing lots of competition from its rivals like Maruti and Hyundai.
The good news is that the next generation Duster was recently caught testing and although it’s from Dacia the same vehicle is rebadged and sold in the Indian market by Renault. The almost production ready prototype was recently spotted testing, and the good news is that most of the body panels that has been used will be carried over the production ready variant as well.
Although the prototype was covered in heavy camouflage, it is quite evident that the new generation Duster won’t be a revolutionary model instead it carries over some of the design cues from the popular Duster SUV. Now, the prototype which was caught testing was Dacia Duster, but we can assure you the rebadged Renault Duster won’t get much of a change though.
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For the first time ever Dacia, has introduced an all new automated manual transmission called ‘Easy-R which has been paired to their new TCe 90 engine available under the hood of the Duster SUV. Apart from that feature the TCe 90 engine also gets start stop function as well. This newly introduced five speed gearbox will actually help make driving easier on road by eliminating the use of clutch.
Dacia also has plans to use the same AMT gearbox in some of their other product s as well obviously depending on their market. The new TCe 90 engine which will be made available with the Easy-R automated manual transmission is capable of producing about 90 Hp of peak power and 140 NM of torque. According to Dacia the new drivetrain which will power the Duster is responsive even at lower revs; moreover the new Easy R AMT gearbox will add more practicality to the engine.
Coming to the new AMT gearbox, as already mentioned above the new 5 speed gearbox plans to satisfy those customers who opt for a more flexible style of driving, keeping in mind the urban traffic and its conditions. This gearbox just like any other AMT transmission available in Indian market and actually eliminates the use of clutch because it has been fitted with electromechanical actuators which perform the role of declutching. The 5 speed Easy-R gearbox also comes with two driving modes namely the drive and the Manual (Impulse shift) mode.
Seldom do you witness a "David versus Goliath" scenario in real life. A similar sort of scene played out when journalists were invited to Morocco to drive the new Porsche Macan. Now, a Porsche Macan is the latest in the lineup of Porsche’s off-road SUVs. It sits at the lower end of Porsche’s SUV line up and is based on the Audi Q5.
Porsche has injected their own DNA so that the Macan is claimed to be much more capable off-road and extremely fun to drive on tarmac. While driving through the Moroccan desert with a group of journalists on board, who would’ve thought it would get stuck in the sand. And so it happened.
The approximately INR 60 plus lakh Porsche SUV was going no further with its wheels rooted in the Moroccan desert. Now, the Porsche Macan has an on-board electronic brain which knows what to do in such a situation. The all-wheel drive system can shuffle power around all four corners to those wheels that have the most traction. Sadly however, on this occasion, the Porsche Macan had completely bogged down.
So, to the rescue of the stricken Porsche came a rather reasonably priced Dacia Duster. In India, we know it as the Renault Duster. That said, the Indian version does not get all-wheel drive capabilities. Still, the cheap Dacia was all it took to free an expensive "Audi" from the clutches of the Moroccan desert floor.
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The humble Mini did it last year and now following on its footsteps and hoping to create history is the Renault Duster. The world’s toughest motorsport race, also considered to be the last true adventure, the Dakar, will see in action the Renault Duster. The extensively modified Duster will use a 3.5-litre, V6 petrol engine which would produce 305PS and 435Nm of torque. The Duster would come with AWD and the drivetrain is completely modified. The suspension constitutes of a four-link front suspension and a double-trapeze rear suspension which has been made by developed by Baratec.
Renault would be entering 2 Duster’s which would be driven by Jose Mauricio and Emiliano Spataro from Argentina. The Duster which is primarily an urban commuter to take on the challenge of the Dakar will use a limited slip differential, racing brakes and matched to the V6 engine is a 6-speed sequential gearbox.
The Dakar was originally held in Europe and Africa but in 2008 after the terrorist strike on French tourists in Mauritania the cross country rally-raid was shifted to South America. Now in its 5th edition the Dakar will start from for the first time in Lima, Peru and will finish in Santiago Chile after crossing Argentina. The event will start from the 5th of January and finish on the 20th after covering 8000kms.
Amongst the competitors for the Duster would be the former champion Nasser Al-Attiyah from Qatar on a buggy, Giniel De Villiers from South Africa on a Toyota, reigning champion Stephane Peterhansel on a Mini, WRC legend Carlos Sianz on a buggy and Joan Roma also on a Mini.
Now in its 34th edition, the Dakar was first started in 1978. This year for the Dakar there would be participants from 53 countries which is a record and the youngest participant is all of 19 years from the Netherlands while the oldest participant is 71 years old from Argentina.
It is a surprise that only one Maruti Suzuki features in our list of the 10 most efficient diesel sedans in India. Even in the diesel hatchback list only two Maruti Suzuki’s featured. It seems like an improbable situation for India’s largest selling passenger car manufacturer to have only three cars in the 20 cars that we have researched on but that’s the fact. Tata however has been the surprise and have the most efficient diesel sedan and hatch and also the most fuel efficient petrol hatch. There are also three cars which use the same engine (the 1.5dCi is used by the Nissan Sunny, Renault Duster and the Mahindra Verito) which is not a surprise and in the hatchback list 6 cars shared the same engine.
At the ongoing Sao Paulo Motor Shown Renault has unveiled its Duster-based mini SUV concept. Ever since the success of the Duster internationally it has been widely speculated that the manufacturer would be launching subsequent versions of the Duster. Though at the moment the DCross concept which is based on the Duster is targeted only at the Brazilian market, we don’t rule out the manufacturer bringing it into India if it makes it into production.
Speaking at the occasion, Oliver Murget, CEO of Renault Brazil told Autoexpress UK magazine, "In Brazil customers love the rough image of the Duster, so this takes that to the maximum," "It’s been 100 per cent developed by Brazilian designers in our studio here in Sao Paulo." The concept car has been received with lots of interest with its green paint and with the heavy body cladding. The spare wheel is on the roof and it is believed that the DCross version could also be the next facelift that the Duster gets.
The Duster was launched in India earlier this year and the success and has been unprecedented. The success of theDuster has put Renault in the mainstream and now other manufacturers are planning to launch similarly priced mini SUV’s for the Indian market. Nissan is also going to be launching their version of the Duster. Renault and Nissan have earlier launched similar cars under their own brand names like in the case of the Pulse and the Micra and more recently in the case of the Sunny and the Scala.
At the Sao Paulo Motor Show Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai and Volkswagen have all had international debuts.
Many end up with a hatch or a sedan while actually wanting an SUV. For about 10 lakh the only SUV you could get yourself is either the Mahindra Scorpio or the Tata Safari. If none of these rock your boat then the Duster SUV which is Renault India’s first genuine volume product would definitely be of interest to you. The Duster is a SUV which is sure to appeal to Indian sensibilities and Renault is hoping to do at least 3000 units for the Duster in a month. Big expectations from this SUV then. Renault has received an excellent response for the Duster and if the manufacturer can keep up these figures then its India story is truly bright. The Duster, for all practical purposes, is a Logan underneath and shares with it most of the platform parts. Renault has made changes to the Duster compared to its European Dacia counterpart and prices for the petrol variant start from Rs 7.19 lakh to Rs8.19 lakh while the diesel variants are priced from Rs 7.99 lakh to Rs 11.29 lakh ex-showroom New Delhi.
Regardless of their eventual fate in the market, Renault’s choices of cars in India have all been interesting. The Logan, Fluence and the Koleos have all catered to a completely different section of customers to the other and each launched to build brand image for the manufacturer. Whether the choice of vehicles and strategy is right, we are not judging just yet. At the Auto Expo Renault is launching the Duster, another interesting choice for a launch. Like the Logan, the Duster too is a rebadged Dacia based on the Logan platform and is Renault’s attempt to bring an affordable SUV in the market. The Duster is designed to be an off road vehicle that offers the space of a utility vehicle but will cost as much as a mid size sedan. If Renault can price it between Rs 7 to 9lakh then the Duster can well take the fight to the likes of the Tata Safari and the Mahindra Scorpio.