Duster might be the most famous Dacia’s vehicle. But, the Romanian company is owned by Renault, so the crossover is appearing in some countries under the badge of the French company. The largest market is in India and fans over there can already see test mules of the 2020 Renault Duster. The mid-cycle refresh introduces cosmetic changes inside and outside. More aggressive appearance and extra features in the cabin will be enough to draw the attention to this crossover.
If we compare the 2020 Renault Duster to the similar vehicles in the lineup, the most similarities we find with Captur. Still, Duster is slightly larger and offers more space inside. Renault’s influence is obvious, since Dacia launched this crossover in 2009, ten years after overtake by the French carmaker. The new concept came at the right moment since the crossover market started to grow. Now, two companies are taking profit from their smart investments made more than a decade ago.
Test mules of the 2020 Renault Duster are already out. The company is testing new features on the crossover and we have first clues about the redesign. Heavy camo can’t hide new headlamps. Also, the nose of the Duster will be fresh thanks to the new position of fog lights. That is not all since these lamps will sit in the new housing.
The company is trying to hide a slightly refreshed grille. However, fans caught chromed details that were not present before. For example, a wide chrome strip under the grille is definitely new and makes the crossover more attractive. Large Renault badge sits at the center of the nose and replaces the Dacia logo.
Designers also paid attention to wheels, whose design will boost overall aggressiveness. Later, Dacia Duster will adopt the same solutions. Like on the front, the rear lights are getting a new square shape. With black accents, these will draw more attention than before. The company didn’t manage to hide too much of its new model, and we are happy to see so many updates on the compact crossover SUV.
More Features Inside the 2020 Renault Duster
Dacia is not a synonym for premium equipment, comfort, or elegance. Although it is a part of the Renault group, the French carmaker uses it as the cheaper variant of their vehicles. That is why we are surprised by the large touchscreen at the center of the test mule. But, this is Renault, not Dacia. The rest of the cabin is pretty much the same as before, without too many options we got used to get from Renault’s models. Definitely, Duster is one of the cheapest vehicles in the lineup, although it offers plenty of options through higher trim levels. Brown cloth upholstery and the steering wheel borrowed from other Renault’s crossovers are highlights of the interior.
2020 Renault Duster vs Captur, Kadjar (Dimensions)
We already said the 2020 Renault Duster has the most similarities with Captur. Well, dimensions say so as well. Duster is 170-inch long and the wheelbase is 105 inches. Captur is 2 inches shorter and a 104-inch wheelbase is also smaller. This positions Duster between Captur and Kadjar, which adds 5 inches. Still, the larger vehicle uses the same distance between wheels (105 in). The largest vehicle in the family is Renault Koleos, which is 184 inches long.
2020 Renault Duster – Under the Hood
A diesel and three petrol engines are the lineup for the 2020 Renault Duster. In other words – we are getting the same powertrains as before. Well, the company has no intention of building new units for this nameplate. As a matter of fact, it uses one of the oldest diesel engines Renault is building. However, a famous 1.5-liter four-cylinder mill is also one of the most reliable and durable drivetrains you can find. Add the fuel economy to this, and there is a reason why it is present for two decades. Of course, engineers retuned it a couple of times and the latest version is capable to return 110 hp and 4,5 l/100 km (53 mpg US).
Dacia Duster is equipped with petrol engines as well. The smallest one is 1.2-liter, mid-range offer is using a 1.3-l displacement, while the largest drivetrain in the lineup is a 1.6. Still, we don’t believe any of these will make it to the Indian market where crossover appears as 2020 Renault Duster.
Duster Pickup Truck
Some fans in India want to see the 2020 Renault Duster Oroch. Renault builds this truck only for South Africa and no other market. In some other countries, we can find Alaskan as the growing star in the pickup market. But, the Duster Oroch is a new project and it uses 1.6 and 2.0 petrol engines in combination with a 5-speed manual transmission. Another option is a six-speed automatic gearbox. The overall length of the pickup truck adds 15 inches compared to the crossover and it uses a double-cab configuration.