Renault Duster facelift to get AMT; price to rise by Rs 100,000 max

By: | Updated: October 6, 2015 12:57 PM

The iconic Renault Duster has entered a hallowed world - spyshots are being circulating indicating what is in store for the popular SUV.

Renault DusterRenault Duster has entered a hallowed world – spyshots are being circulating indicating what is in store for the popular SUV.

The iconic Renault Duster has entered a hallowed world – spyshots are being circulating indicating what is in store for the popular SUV. These show the interiors of the upcoming Renault Duster and have been released online by AutocarIndia. The shots show an AMT gear lever, which confirms that the automatic transmission will be incorporated in the next installment of the compact SUV that is scheduled to be launched this financial year. The automatic variants will be sold alongside the manual transmission variant and the price difference is not expected to cross the 1 lakh mark.

The French carmaker managed to dominate the compact SUV segment with the Renault Duster, but with the entry of new contenders in the market, it is is upgrading its offering to stand its ground. Duster will feature Renault’s Easy-R AMT technology that was first showcased on its Romanian cousin, the Dacia Duster, at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. The car will compete with other SUVs and compact SUVs like Mahindra Scorpio and Hyundai Creta, which also offer automatic transmission variants.

The fuel efficiency of Renault Duster is not expected to decrease substantially with the incorporation of AMT, which will be offered on the 110PS models. There is no confirmation pertaining to the AWD variant being considered to receive this technology.

The expected AMT will be based on the current 6-speed transmission seen in Renault Duster.

The new car will feature prominent design updates on the exteriors. The car will tread on a redesigned set of alloy wheels and will feature an updated grill, new headlight cluster and revamped bumper. Inside, the car will flaunt minor updates, along with a brand new instrument cluster and a new steering wheel.

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