The new-gen Renault Duster is expected to go on sale in India in the near future; Design Potentially Influenced by Bigster
Renault India indeed made a strong impact in the domestic market with the Duster nameplate as it opened up the mid-size SUV segment by setting an initial benchmark. The monocoque SUV continued to be sold for years, despite receiving minor updates in India before facing the axe. All is not all doom and gloom though the chances of a new Duster arriving in India are high.
It is no secret that the new generation Duster is under development and it may arrive in the period 2023-24 based on a new platform. Courtesy the upcoming Duster, the CMF-B architecture will likely debut in India leaving the B0 platform, which was available in the now-discontinued model and other cars including the Captur and Lodgy.
More notably, the new Renault is underpinned by the CMF-B LS lower spec variant, which is modular as well as economical friendly developing markets. The new generation monocoque SUV could be equipped with hybrid technology for higher fuel efficiency and to compensate for the non-sales of diesel engines. As far as the design is concerned, it will be influenced by the bigster.
The styling will boast of modern elements while retaining the character of the SUV as prominent wheel arches, squared-off fenders, muscular bodywork etc. may be present. The mid-size SUV segment seems to be trending with hybrid powertrains and 4WD technology being part of the package and whether Renault will follow the same path is yet unknown.
Given the popularity of the nameplate, the new generation Renault Duster is being actively evaluated for launch in India. If the French manufacturer goes ahead with the CMF-B LS platform, its global alliance partner, Nissan, can also go ahead with bringing in products based on it and economies of scale can be achieved.
Thus, the platform can be leveraged to expand their respective vehicle lineups in the near future. Renault currently has the Kieger compact SUV as its best seller in India while Nissan has Magnite as its top seller.