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French carmaker Renault launched the Duster SUV in India way back in 2012. However, despite the fact the second-gen SUV was launched in 2017, Renault still hasn't bought the current Duster sold in Europe to India. This though is set to change claims NDTV Auto, which states that the third-generation Renault Duster will be developed in India.
According to the publication, new regulations in Europe which see the continent's new cars move towards electrification, will ensure that the Duster, which is currently developed by Dacia in Romania make its way into India. The publication also claims that development will not begin until the second half of 2020 with the final production car set to hit the streets in 2023.
The report states that Renault has not bought the second-generation Duster to India as the changes made to the car were focused on Europe-centric regulations. This is despite the fact that the second-generation Renault Duster is based on a slightly modified version of the B0 platform that underpinned the first-gen SUV.
So what will happen in the meantime for the Duster in India. NDTV Auto claims that the current India-spec car (first-gen) is in line for another massive facelift. Renault India will update the styling of the car and could bring it more in line with the one sold abroad. Other changes will include an equipment upgrade with the new facelifted Duster set to sport more features and an updated interior to compliment the changes on the outside.
However, where the Renault Duster is set to gain the most is in terms of occupant safety. The facelifted Duster for India will feature a whole host of safety upgrades with the SUV set to sport more equipment to keep those inside safer and to help the vehicle comply with stricter upcoming safety norms.
Other changes will also come to the Duster courtesy changing norms regarding emissions. With BS-VI emission rules coming into play on the first of April, 2020, Renault India will update the Duster's 1.5-litre powerplants to meet the stricter and cleaner norms. Renault is expected to bring the updated engines to the Duster around February or March of 2020.