The next-generation Renault Duster was spotted testing heavily camouflaged in Spain. There have been reports about a seven-seat version of the Duster which was speculated to be called the "Grand Duster".
However, Renault's commercial director Francois Mariotte has confirmed that the compact SUV will not be a seven-seater SUV. He stated that Renault did not want to compromise on the compactness and the 4X4 capabilities of the Duster.
In an interview with AutoExpress, Mariotte said, "The priority when renewing Duster is to keep all the strengths of the actual model, and one part of this is the chassis or the platform."
"When you want to transform a car that is a five seater from a seven seater there is no way - you will lose the compactness and the 4×4 capabilities of the car. I know there is a lot of noise going around about a seven-seater on Duster. But it's not on the plan. You can forget it."
The new-generation Renault Duster will be revealed at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The SUV will make it to the Indian roads by 2018.
While there are no details of the engine specifications of the new Duster, we expect Renault to power the next-generation Duster with the current powertrains on offer in India.
The new Duster spotted testing in Spain sports minor changes to its front fascia with sharper headlights cluster and thick creases along the bonnet. Stay tuned to DriveSpark as we bring you all updates of the new-generation Renault Duster.
If Renault can bring a 7-seater Duster in India along with competitive pricing, they could have a winner. With increased competition from rivals such as Hyundai Creta, Renault has to offer unique with the Duster to stay in the game.