The next generation Renault Duster, based on the heavily localised CMF-B platform, is expected to arrive in India in 2024-25. Renault India is rumoured to be planning to launch the next generation of their Duster model in 2024 or 2025, with an estimated investment of $500 million. This investment will enable the company to diversify its portfolio and bring the CMF-B platform to the domestic market with a high level of locally sourced components.
In addition to the new Duster, the French manufacturer is expected to launch a seven-seater midsize SUV based on the Bigster concept. The adaptability of the architecture widely used in Europe today may allow for the development of an electric version in the distant future.
In order to achieve economies of scale, Renault’s collaboration with Nissan will be critical in the development of these new models.
The second-generation Renault Duster will go up against the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, MG Astor, Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder, VW Taigun, and Skoda Kushaq when it arrives.
The CMF-B platform will be modified for use in India and other emerging markets, but specific powertrain options for the new Duster are unknown. Renault’s current lineup includes a 1.0-litre three-cylinder NA petrol and a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol engine with manual and AMT transmission options.
The Duster’s production ended nearly a year ago at its manufacturing plant in Tamil Nadu, and it really set the tone for Renault by creating a premium brand image for nearly a decade. Renault will most likely import global models via CBU until the next-generation Duster arrives.
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