Renault Duster: More Comfort with Automatic Transmission

A few days ago we showed you the first pictures of the new generation of the Renault Duster. In this case, we have seen several specimens of the second generation of the Romanian crossover that is intent on playing the classic test drive development to refine the mechanics before the official presentation which should take place at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show to be held in September. However, according to rumors, the newborn could be unveiled several months in advance of what has been written so far.

The new generation of the Renault Duster is to be unveiled at a special event in Paris on June 22. It is expected to make its debut in the Indian market in 2018 and like the current generation, it will be manufactured in the factory in Chennai. The new Duster should be larger than the current model. It should also have a 4-cylinder gasoline or diesel platform.

In this context, the Romanian manufacturer owned by the Renault Group would present the new version of its best seller. This time it will unveil the second generation of the five-seat crossover that at present is identified by code H79. The new born should be built on the modern CMF-B platform, already used by Renault, in order to ensure an appropriate sharing of existing platforms and consequent cost savings.

Nevertheless, recent rumors also say that the new Renault Duster could be launched for the first time on the market in two versions with the classic 5-seater in 2018 and a new version with 7 seats in 2019 that will be longer than the standard car by around twenty centimeters. In both cases, the new Duster will retain the style of the previous generation but will inherit the latest design language of the Romanian brand.

It was a success that will be difficult to replicate. Renault Duster is one of the low-cost but efficient SUV launched by Renault in 2010. As regards the new Renault Duster 2018, for now, a handful of spy photos and so many rumors circulate. Renault, for its part, reserves all the surprises. The stolen shots tell little, as we see a Duster deeply redesigned in the front, while the proportions remain with the same look. Yet many have was rumored for a new Renault Duster that is bigger and spacious, which is even capable of seating seven passengers.

Rumors of a Dacia Duster with seven seats are not confirmed nor denied. It would be called Grand Duster in that case. Everything revolves around the choice of the platform and at the same time, market strategies. The Duster, in fact, broke the mold with its price of ultra-low attachment for an SUV (currently set at Rs. 8.49 lakh for the 1.5 petrol version), but the majority of customers, at least in India has opted for the more expensive versions.

Some speculate that the new Duster can be born on an evolved version of the platform and in this case, would be easier for Renault to maintain the competitive advantage of its SUV with the price. By contrast, the hypothesis of an upward evolution of the model is supported by the recent entry of the double-clutch gearbox EDC. The automatic transmission is a key option in the mind of an SUV customer.