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2018 Renault Duster Review, India

The second generation of the popular crossover finally comes as 2018 Renault Duster. This one was definitely one of the most anticipated models of the on many markets. As you know, this SUV is available both under Renault and Dacia badge. In countries like Russia, India, Kazakhstan etc. it comes with the French name.

The original model was launched in 2009. After eight years of production, the new version finally comes. It comes with numerous changes, despite the fact that it keeps the same platform. There is a completely new design, both outside and inside. Dimensions are pretty much the same, although there are some changes.

When it comes to the powertrain, there are some tweaks that bring more power and better efficiency. Considering all these novelties, we should expect even better sales numbers from the upcoming model. The new 2018 Duster already came to most of the markets.

2018 Renault Duster front view

2018 Renault Duster redesign

As we already mentioned, changes on the 2018 Renault Duster are numerous. Still, we can’t call this a complete redesign, since the new model continues to ride on the same platform. Still, that doesn’t mean that there are no improvements in all aspects. First of all, it is important to mention that the new model keeps similar dimensions, but sheet metal is completely new. The new design brings more attractive look, despite the fact that the overall shape hasn’t changed a lot. In terms of mechanics, there are numerous tweaks on chassis, including new suspension and much more. Still, the most notable thing about 2018 Renault Duster is a new styling, which makes this crossover far more attractive.

2018 Renault Duster styling

The highlight of the 2018 Renault Duster is definitely styling. Compared to the previous version, there are so many new things. First of all, there is a completely new front end. A new headlights design as well as a new grille, are the things that you will notice first. Still, there is much more to see. The overall impression is that the new version looks more upscale. Although it keeps similar proportions, the new model somehow looks more athletic. Also, there are numerous new details in all areas of the car.

2018 Renault Duster rear view

On the inside, changes are numerous as well. The first thing that you will notice is a completely new dashboard design. It now features better-quality materials, as well as some new design solutions which seem more practical. For example, the new touchscreen is mounted a little bit higher and seems more transparent to the driver.

2018 Renault Duster engines

When it comes to powertrain, 2018 Renault Duster keeps the same lineup. Some engines came revised, while some remained the same. On most of the markets, base engine in a 1.6-liter gasoline unit which delivers around 108 horses. Still, a smaller and more efficient 1.2-liter turbo inline-four is probably a better choice. It delivers around 123 horses and operates very smooth. Still, a larger and more durable 2.0-liter unit with around 135 horsepower is still the first choice of many drivers in countries like Russia, Kazakhstan etc.

2018 Renault Duster side view

Finally, there are some diesel units in the offer as well. A familiar 1.5-liter dCi engine comes in two output variants, with either 85 or 110 horsepower. Ethanol versions of 1.6- and 2.0-liter units are still available in many markets.

2018 Renault Duster price

Although new, 2018 Renault Duster keeps the same price. The exact sum varies, depending on the markets. For example in India, base models go around 13.500 dollars, while best-equipped versions could go up to 22.000 dollars, roughly. On the other side, in Russia, this popular crossover costs less than 11.000 dollars in its base variant.

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