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Nissan Terrano & Renault Duster: A Comparison

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Nissan is set to commence bookings for the Terrano from September 1st. Details about the Duster inspired compact SUV resulting from the Renault-Nissan alliance are limited as of now. More will be revealed about the car before launch that will take place sometime during the first week of October.

Also Read: Nissan Terrano A - Z Expert Review

However, thanks to a few images that were released and the basic details that were provided during the launch of Terrano we have fairly enough to go on and compare the two SUVs, that are basically the same vehicle, except for a few visual changes. If you are considering buying either of the two this brief comparison could help you make your decision.

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A brief comparison between Renault Duster&Nissan Terrano compact SUVs.

Renault Duster Front

The Duster as you would already know, is also sold by Dacia in Europe. The one sold by Renault in India is exactly the same, except for the badge and the triple horizontal chrome bars in front of the mesh grille. The headlights are aligned to the shape and size of the grille and rounded corners while the lower air intake is surrounded by a dark plastic bumper surround.

Nissan Terrano Front

Nissan has dressed the Terrano with the "double layer heritage grille" with honeycomb mesh. This is the common grille design shared by other Nissan off roaders such as the X-Trail, Pathfinder and Patrol. The lower bumper is body coloured, which also incorporates a differently styled fog lamp housing.

Renault Duster Side

Things to be noticed are the b-pillar and the roof rail. Notice how the b-pillar is body coloured and the roof rails are silver with black supports.

Nissan Terrano Side

The Terrano has a converse design. The b-pillar is blacked out, while the roof rails bear the same colour as the body, entirely.

Renault Duster Wheels

The 16 inch alloys offered in higher end variants have a unique 5 spoke design.

Nissan Terrano Wheels

The 16 inch alooys on the Terrano are machine polished and features a sharp, split 5 spoke design. The lower end variants (the one on the right) also come with stylish wheels covers, that cover the pressed metal wheels. In the Duster the lower variants have exposed pressed metal wheels.

Renault Duster Rear

The Renault Duster features brakes lights that are simple rounded single piece units.

Nissan Terrano Rear

The brake light cluster on the Terrano, meanwhile has a split design, with one half of it on the rear door.

Renault Duster Interior

To be noted are the dual center air vents, above the center console, something which is characteristic of the Duster. The steering wheel has a basic three spoke design.

Nissan Duster Interior

The dual air vents on the Terrano change from round to a single rectangular unit with twin air outlets. Also, they are chrome lined. The steering wheel has been redesigned, with added silver coloured plastic inserts. The top end trim of the Terrano will also have rear air vent column, a feature that was recently removed from the Duster.

Engine details

Engine and transmission options will remain the same.

For More details on Terrano variants & pricing details you can read our review


When it comes to performance & ride quality the Duster and Terrano are identical.

When it comes to design and styling the Terrano takes the upper hand due to its more aggressive exterior.

True, the Terrano comes with a few added features when compared to the Duster, but most of the time you can do without it. Hence, if money is a constraint and design does not matter to you much the Duster offers more value for money.

Story first published: Thursday, August 29, 2013, 15:43 [IST]
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