The 2017 Renault Duster looks very much the same as the Dacia Version. However, the difference, of course, is a new front grille similar to the Koleos as well as seen on Renault trucks. The grille swoops down and is finished with chrome embellishment. The grille is flanked by Renault's signature LED daytime running lights divided into three sections highlight the headlamp cluster.
The front bonnet with sculpted crease lines leaves a rugged appearance to the new Duster. There is also a larger, scratch resistant front skid plate adds to the SUV characteristics of the all-new Duster.
Along the side, the new Duster features higher belt-line and more importantly, the windscreen has been pushed ahead by 100mm and is more steeply raked; all this to ensure that 2017 Duster offers a spacious cabin.
The SUV also features new aluminium roof rails and new 17-inch alloy wheels with more prominent wheel arches. The black wheel arch trims highlight the car's adventurer credentials.
At the rear, the next-generation Renault Duster features a surprisingly new design with the X-shaped taillight cluster similar to what we've seen in the Jeep Renegade.
Inside the cabin of the new-generation Duster, few changes have been made to the SUV compared to Dacia's version. The three-round air vents have been replaced with two traditional looking octagonal shaped vents. The design of the steering wheel is also different and looks a lot more similar to what Nissan designed for the Terrano.
Renault says it has significantly improved the cabin insulation to reduce noise from outside the car. The brake lever has moved to make more space, while the new gear lever sports satin-finished chrome inserts. The seats are new on the all-new Duster with a new frame and denser foam for improved lateral support and durability.
The new upholstery features a comfortable and modern 3D weave and top-stitching to enhance the All-New Duster's SUV feel. Renault has redesigned many of the easy-to-access stowage spaces to make travelling a lot easier, including the new 2.8-litre stowage tray situated under the passenger seat.
The new Duster also comes with a host new features such as automatic climate control, keyless entry, Blind Spot Warning and the vehicle comes with remote engine start which allows owners to fire up their engine and activate the climate control system from a distance. Depending on the time of year, it is consequently possible to cool or warm up the cabin before climbing on board.
The new Duster carries over the off-roading credentials that helped to make the model such a popular success with its 4x4 capabilities. There is a host of driver aids like multi-view camera, Hill Descent Control, 4x4 monitor, and Renault's Driving Eco2 - a system tried and tested throughout the Groupe Renault range -and is now available with an eco-coaching feature to encourage drivers to drive more economically.
Renault has revealed the Duster with a choice of two petrol engines for the South American market with a 2-liter engine, though the output has increased to 144bhp when running on ethanol. This can be specified in both 4x4 and 4x2 configurations.
The base Renault Duster continues to draw power from the 1.6-liter SCe four-cylinder, which can be mated to a CVT gearbox. Meanwhile, European models will continue to get the efficient 1.2 turbo and twin-clutch EDC.
For India, Renault is expected to offer the 1.5-litre units in two states of tune along with a choice of CVT gearbox. The Duster is a favourite among Indian car buyers for its ride and handling characteristics, now, with the revised styling and premium features, the all-new Renault Duster is expected to find new buyers in the country.
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