Facelifts and updates are essential for the success of a motor vehicle in these modern times, when everyone wants to stay up to date with the latest technology. Now, it is a known fact that the Renault Duster is majorly responsible for Renault’s success in most parts of the world. The car which originally began its life as a Dacia Duster is now sold all over the world. Renault sells the car in many countries and Brazil is one of them, Renault launched the Duster in Brazil quite some time ago and now it was time to give it a facelift, and they did.
Renault had updated the Duster in Europe more than a month ago and now it was time for the Brazilian market to get the update. Renault Do Brazil, simply known as Renault Brazil launched the Duster facelift at the beginning of this-month, with a few design changes to modernize the otherwise utilitarian looking compact SUV.
Starting from the inside – the Renault Duster gets an all new center console with a touch screen infotainment system. The touch screen multimedia interface gets access to social media channels and live traffic feeds. The new instrument cluster is backlit in white and the steering wheel has been borrowed from the new Renault Sandero, it also gets steering mounted controls among other features.
Coming to the exteriors of the Duster facelift, the major change when viewed from the front is definitely the new headlamp design. The basic overall design of the headlamp remains the same, but the inside of the headlamp has been divided into two clusters by Mercedes E-class style, integrated LED daytime running lights.
The design of the gloss black grille remains the same with the Renault badge taking prominence here. The front end also gets a new, large faux skid plate which might not really be functional but definitely gives the compact SUV a much deserved rough look. The changes to the exterior of the Duster are made complete with the addition of new roof rails and tail lamps with LED elements, which give it a premium feel.
The Renault Duster in Brazil is powered by 1.6 liter and 2.0 liter Flex fuel engines paired with manual and automatic transmissions. One can also opt for a 4-wheel drive system on the top of the line duster with the 2.0 liter engine, and there are no mechanical changes on the duster facelift.
Renault Do Brazil has priced the Duster from 62,990 Reals to 78,790 Reals (INR 12.29 lakhs to INR 15.38 lakhs).
The proper facelift for the Renault Duster in the Indian market might come later this-year or early next-year, and till then Renault India has decided to keep customers happy by launching a small update on the Duster last-month which included only new fabric material for the seats, a new 3-spoke steering wheel and cruise control.
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