Renault India is planning to bring back the Duster SUV to India sometime between 2024 and 2025. The first-gen Renault Duster, launched in 2013, was removed from the Indian market in 2020. The second-generation Duster, currently sold overseas, was not introduced by the carmaker here. Now, the French carmaker is making headlines for bringing a revamped avatar of the third-generation Duster to India. The upcoming SUV, according to the manufacturer, will be produced locally. Renault-Nissan has outlined its future product roadmap for India and is reportedly planning to roll out three new models. A whopping investment of Rs 4,000 crore (USD 500 million) will reportedly be spent to support this new India product plan.
The all-new Renault Duster will have the CMF-B modular platform, which is the foundation for many of Renault and Nissan's international products. Additionally, the CMF-B features an electric variant known as the CMF-B EV architecture, which will help Renault-Nissan to locally manufacture electric vehicles in the future. As of yet, there are no official updates, but the Renault-Nissan CMF-B platform will take time before its localised. The said platform will get a few tweaks to meet the needs of the Indian market and comply with the current and upcoming safety protocols of the industry. Also, it will support both EV and hybrid powertrains.
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The upcoming Renault Duster will resemble the Dacia Bigster concept, which made its debut in early 2021, in terms of design and style. We expect it to have similar body panels and styling as the Bigster, along with similar integrated aluminium-style skid plates, substantial fenders, and LED lighting. The production-ready SUV model might use standard door handles instead of the concept's high-tech features.
Inside, the next-generation Duster will be larger than its predecessor. It might sport interior design elements like those of the Dacia Bigster concept. The SUV's feature list will include a digital instrument cluster, a free-standing touchscreen infotainment system, a wireless phone charger, updated switchgear, and more.
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The new Duster SUV, after its launch, will directly compete with mid-size SUVs like the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Maruti Grand Vitara, and Toyota Hyryder in India.
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