Back in 2012, Indian buyers started to move away from buying hatchbacks or sedans and wanted to own a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV). Little known at that time, Renault India made its presence felt with the launch of the Duster.
The Renault Duster immediately connected with auto enthusiasts and buyers for its build quality and its handling capability. Over time, the Duster started to face competition from sub-compact SUVs and other competitors with robust features and design language.
Renault and Dacia (Renault's European brand) have revealed the third-generation Duster with changes to its looks and style. So how does the 2018 Renault Duster compare to the 2016 Renault Duster? Let us compare the old vs new Duster to understand how they stack up.
Up front, the new Renault Duster has noticeable changes including the new grille with chrome geometrical patterns instead of the large chrome slat and a new hood that is now chiseled with bold lines adding a muscular look to the Duster.
The cluster or the elements of the headlamps have been changes although the overall design remains the same. The front bumper along with the skid plates have been redesigned revealing a cleaner and a straight line finish. The fog lamp housing has been moved down compared to the old Duster.
Along the side, the new Renault Duster shoulder lines have moved up slightly, and more significantly, there is new design element added to the back of the front wheel arch with the AWD and the brand badging on it.Also, the 2018 Duster comes with a sportier set of alloy wheels instead of the glossy ones of the 2016 Duster along with a pair of new dual tone silver and black outside rear view mirrors (ORVMs) and new roof rails as well.
As for the rear profile of the all-new Renault Duster, the SUV has received considerable changes. There are new squarish LED taillights which are cross patterned, new rear wind shield and redesigned tailgate.
If you look closer, the rear window of the new Duster is smaller compared to the old Duster, and there is new bumper with beefy plastic cladding, and chrome tipped exhaust, and just like the front, the rear skid plates have been redesigned as well.
Renault or Dacia have not revealed the interior images of the new Duster, but there were leaked sketches of the 2018 Duster. The cabin of the new Renault Duster features a large touchscreen infotainment system with three control dials.
Also, seen on the leaked images of the interior of the new Duster is a dual-tone colour scheme, body coloured parts and aluminium finished trims reveal a fresh look to the SUV. Additionally, there is a rotary dial ahead of the gearshift knob which could be the All-Wheel Drive mode shifter.
The 2018 Renault Duster is fresh and has evolved from the 2016 Duster. We expected the new Duster to be more of a revolution than evolution. That said, the new Duster is youthful, and the fact that it will continue to carry the DNA of the Duster auto enthusiasts have loved about the SUV and is surely an assurance to many Duster fans across India.