That inverted newspaper bag hides something that Renault India doesn’t want us to know yet; that the upcoming Duster face-lift will most certainly feature an automatic transmission. As for the form of disguise, you guys be the judge.
Remove up the bag, and you’ll probably be looking at the lever of Renault’s EDC, or Efficient Dual Clutch transmission. A 6-speed job, the box even has a low-ratio mode, so it won’t be an absolute bitch when the Duster climbs some small hills, or tackles slush and sand. Ironically, reports also say that EDC will initially be only offered on 2WD Dusters, and also offer no paddle shifters.
The EDC will be purportedly mated exclusively to the 1.5-litre dCi diesel engine, the one that puts out 108 bhp (110 PS). The transmission, already in service worldwide in the Clio and Captur models, shouldn’t disturb the Duster’s fuel efficiency figures by much, which now stand at 19.64 km/l according to ARAI. As for the petrol, and less powerful 85 PS diesel variant, no new transmissions await.
Externally, the face-lift will bring in a new front fascia, with new detailing inside the headlamps and a revised front bumper, while the rear end will be highlighted with newly detailed, LED tail lamps (see gallery below). The interiors, especially the dashboard, are expected to be significantly updated as well, because things have started to look a little dull ever since the Creta and S-Cross arrived on the scene. Apart from refurbished upholstery and trim, it could also feature the Media NAV Evolution infotainment system, an update on the existing system.
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