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Published: December 24, 2012 | 8:30 am
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French automaker Renault showed off the D-Cross concept based on the Duster SUV earlier this year, at the Sau Paulo Motor Show to be specific. If you’ve been keeping an eye out on what we’ve been posting here on ICB, you’ll know that the Duster outsells the Ford EcoSport in Brazil. However, in this day and age of instant gratification, every car or SUV does need constant refreshes to keep it hot and happening, as car buyers’ are constantly flooded with new models every few months. So, to retain the Duster’s edge in Brazil, Renault could be lining up a facelift as early as late 2013/early 2014.
Renault Duster Facelift Render
the facelifted Renault Duster SUV
The facelift is expected to be based on the D-Cross concept that was showcased at Sau Paulo. This indicates that the facelift will be majorly a mid career refresh with a brand new front end design to spice things up. Like most mid career refreshes, the facelifted Duster SUV is expected to retain its petrol engine line up in the Brazilian car market. Coming to the Indian side of the story, the Duster SUV has been a resounding success for Renault India, given that the SUV is the best selling SUV across segments in India.
So, the Duster is turning out to be the single biggest seller for Renault in India and amidst growing competition in the entry level compact SUV space in the country, the French car maker will be keen to safe guard its turf. However, given that the Duster has only been launched in the second half of this year, expect the facelifted model to bow in only in the second half of 2014, after the Brazilian launch. The India-spec Duster SUV, which will get a 4 wheel drive version in March 2013, is expected to retain its petrol and K9K turbo diesel engine line up in the facelifted model as well.
In the coming months, the compact SUV sector in India will see a big splash in the form of the upcoming Ford EcoSport. The EcoSport could be launched by the middle of 2013, and will be only the third compact SUV in the Indian car market, after the likes of the Premier Rio and the Mahindra Quanto. We’re not including the Renault Duster in this list given the fact that the SUV measures more than 4 meters in length while the other SUVs we’ve listed above measure under 4 meters. Come 2014, two more compact SUVs could be launched in India, in the form of the Maruti Suzuki XA-Alpha and the Honda Jazz based crossover.


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