Renault Duster vs Nissan Terrano – All the Visual Differences Explained

| August 21, 2013 | 12 Comments


Regulars  here would know that we have already reported in great detail about the recently unveiled Nissan Terrano. The new Terrano compact crossover is essentially a re-badged Duster and would be soon seen battling with its donor car and the EcoSport.

It may be noted that this isn’t the first time that we are seeing sharing of vehicles between the Indian subsidiaries of Renault and Nissan. The Duster spawning the Terrano is akin to Sunny giving birth to Scala and Micra producing the Pulse.

We aren’t too surprised to see Nissan India deciding to re-badge a Renault vehicle and selling it under its own name, what with the fast heating up compact crossover segment of Indian Car Market? The Duster has already tasted enough success in our country and it is only now, with the advent of EcoSport, that sales of the European crossover have started to suffer. With the Terrano, Nissan wishes to capitalize on the Duster’s plus-points and on the same time, improve on the donor car’s weaknesses.

Nissan India hasn’t yet revealed the engine options and price list of its baby crossover but did give us a chance to have a good look at their upcoming offering.

As we said earlier, the Terrano is essentially a re-badged Duster and here, we have presented a report on the main visual differences between the two cars:

The Front Fascia:


The Terrano’s exterior styling boasts of a totally revised front end, which comprises of a new bumper, slightly revised hood, revised headlights and a new front grille.

As can be seen, the Terrano’s front grille is less wider and has a distinctive Nissan-SUV look to it. The bumpers too have a slight difference between them, with the Terrano getting a body colored treatment around the air dam. The India spec Renault Duster gets dark grey plastic cladding here.

In Profile:


When seen in profile, it can be observed that the Terrano sports a straight crease in the lower half of each side of its body, unlike the Duster which has an inverted-U like crease.


Also, the car gets different looking alloy wheels (kind of love-it-or-hate-it in visual appeal), slightly different roof rails and blacked out B Pillars.

At the rear end:



At the rear end, the Terrano gets a new tailgate, a revised rear bumper and a new set of tail lamps that extend all the way into the tailgate.

On the Inside:



On the inside, the interior panels get different faux wood inserts, a set of rectangular air vents at the centre of dashboard, a revised instrument binnacle and a new ‘Nissan-ised’ steering wheel. The car also seems to have got a different audio system interface.

The Terrano is likely to offer a longer equipment list and will be available in six exterior paint options- Fire Red, Sterling Grey, Blade Silver, Sapphire Black, Pearl White and Bronze Grey exterior body color options.

We feel that the designers at Nissan have done a good job with giving the Terrano its own visual identity and our guess is that the Nissan’s iteration would appeal more to the car buying lot.

What do you say?

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Yatharth is an automotive design student and a keen follower of the happenings in the Indian automotive industry. He has been handed the task of keeping you abreast with the action in the Indian motoring sphere on a daily basis. He skips his breakfasts and ditches his girlfriends for the noble job.

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  1. Vimal kumar says:

    Dacia (Renault)duster is the very popular not only in India but in Brazil also because of its dashing looks ,,no other car can beat it in looks ,, duster give a great competition to existing suvs in the Indian market like Scorpio, tata safari, mahindra xuv500 and bolero even all these cars has more seating capacity ,but duster has its impact on market because of its killer looks ,, now terrano disappointed with its rear looks and its is not much muscular like duster there are only one reason to buy terrano if its rate less then 10 lack … but a duster lover will never buy terrano …… goooo for duster ……

  2. SPITFIRE says:

    I guess with the launch of Terrano .. Nissan has to find other ways to get customers into their showrooms price-cut is a must considering its lower grade interiors compared to the Terrano, eventhough Terrano will be priced higher than Duster the higher price is well worth it because of the interior and exterior refinements.

  3. Sandeep Menon says:

    4WD! C'mon…

  4. Sahil Garg says:

    Renault Duster is Tough and Rules on Indian Buyers Mind for long time. But Looking Specs of Terrano it will Get its New Buyers Easily :) nice Detailed Views Share thanks Yatharth

  5. Anuurag says:

    Hi, The prices of Nissan being a Japanese Manufacturer should be less than Renault-a more reputed and european manufacturer, this is the International norm, which should be followed by Nissan India too. This is their last chance to save them in India…..else better be ready for pack-up again.

  6. Sarath says:

    This Mini Suv looks fantastic, looks like big brother of Duster. Bearing a formidable badge of Nissan i see it has great future on Indian roads. The tail light looks good and the tyre rims look sporty with the combination of black and silver. It is a perfect package. I wish Nissan best of luck on this vehicle.

  7. Terrano would not fly as compared to Duster and with a price difference of 50-75K higher bcoz.

    Duster has
    1) Cute, stylish still trendy front design as compared to flat designs in Terrano.
    2) Powerful looking front bumper, intellectually chosen design and differently colored as compared to body as oppose to all-in-one frame flat model in Terrano. SUV stands mostly by the bumper to get the feel of SUV.
    3) Attractive, practical, curvy side-view will make one to choose Duster as compared to Terrano.
    4) Side foot-trail to step-into the car is a 3 piece body for Duster with 3 colors and 3 different materials vs Terrano is 2 pieces of same color. A most common place that gets damaged will cost a lot of money for Terrano as compared to Duster.
    5) Although Nissan clearly took lead in Rear view – the bumpy style and again powerful looking bumper with different materials and colors may still take advantage by Duster.
    6) Roof rail may face a stability problem on longer run in Terrano because it s a single piece metal attaching to another metal frame vs Duster does the connectivity by a plastic base; which would have better grip in long-run.
    7) Zero extra feature more in Terrano however the finishing has slight advantage to Terrano.

    Now NISSAN should convince why should one buy Terrano vs Duster at more price for the same thing by Oct-2013 which does not give ANY advantage to customers. I had made my pre-booking in Kerala 2 months earlier for Terrano but I may regret upon price!

  8. Ravi says:

    Nissan has to come-up with best price ( more of less Renault Duster )to be in Market considering the SUV market and different option Customer’s have. Pricing is Terrano is what it can rely on

  9. wahaj faridy says:

    well both car are excellent but price are different duster bang xuv and scorpoi duster rocking in indian market but terrano the copied deicend of duster but terrano looks cool more speed hightech interior etc…. i have duster and also booked silver terrano i think terrano would better to buy

  10. preet says:

    can anybody tell me why there is no steering mounted control in both car’s?????

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  12. Anonymous says:

    terrano is the best………….

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