That the Nissan version of Renault Duster will make it to Indian market has always been pretty much certain. As is a known fact, Renault and Nissan are in a global alliance that allows them to share products and manufacturing facilities. In India, the two can be seen sharing vehicle platforms, engines and the manufacturing facility at Oragadam, Chennai. Renault India’s Pulse hatchback and Scala sedan are basically rebadged versions of the Nissan Micra and Sunny respectively. While these cars have enabled Renault to have a presence in highly competitive segments of Indian car market, it is the Duster Compact SUV which has done a world of good to Renault India.
Speculations of Duster based Nissan compact SUV have been afloat since a lot of time now and now, it has finally been confirmed that the Nissan Duster is in pipeline. The launch of Nissan Duster could happen around Diwali next year.
The Nissan badged Duster will sport a softer front end courtesy a new bumper, front grille, revised fenders and re-designed headlights. “We’ve got quite a differentiated car and the differences are far more significant than on the V-platform products (Micra/Pulse and Sunny/Scala). The hood and the fenders have differences and the bumpers are different too. But it’s more than just a bumpers and grille change for sure,” Colin Dodge, executive VP, Nissan, said.
The car, which has been codenamed NH79, will be priced more than the Renault Duster. This is quite surprising as both the Renault Pulse and Sunny are considerably pricier than their Nissan counterparts.