Renault new seating arrangement: All-New Renault Duster for India Boasts 5 and 7 Seat Options - Details Revealed
Only a few days ago, Renault-owned sub-brand Dacia launched the new Duster compact SUV. This all-new Duster, which will be supplied by Renault, has been in development for some years and will be available in the Indian market in the second half of 2025. Further development on this SUV has revealed that this popular SUV will be available with varied seating options in both 5-seat and 7-seat combinations. The previous model Duster was only available in a 5-seat configuration.
At the time, the third-generation Renault Duster has only been revealed in a five-seater configuration. However, sources indicate that a seven-seater arrangement will be available in India. The five-seater variant will be 4.34m long and built on the CMF-B platform. However, the actual dimensions of the seven-seater Duster are currently unknown. Most likely, we'll learn more about the exact features of this Duster with a third row of seats in the following months.
Interior design and security
The Renault Duster has been greatly enhanced on the inside, with an incredibly modern and layered dashboard arrangement. The dashboard's center is dominated by a 10.1-inch touchscreen entertainment system and a 3.5-inch digital instrument cluster. It also has a flat-bottom steering wheel, automatic climate control, and Y-shaped air conditioning vents, as well as unique attachment points that may be utilized with a variety of accessories that the brand will eventually provide.
It also has heated and ventilated seats, a heated steering wheel, and seat coverings made from sustainable materials. Aside from the aforementioned features, the 2025 Duster will be fitted with an Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) suite. It will have important features like autonomous emergency braking, traffic sign recognition, lane change warning help, and more. At the present, it is unknown whether the company would sell ADAS in India.
Front exterior design
Inspired by the previously displayed Bigster concept, the third-generation Duster's front fascia features a substantially more robust yet stylish exterior design. The new SUV has striking Y-shaped LED daytime running lights that blend in with the front grille garnish. It also conceals the main LED headlights, which will be replaced with halogen bulbs for the higher beam. The new Duster receives a strong bumper with a conspicuous dark grey skid plate a little lower down on the front fascia. It will also have halogen fog lamps.
Design of the side profile and the rear end
Moving on to the side profile, the company has added a unique touch to sustainability by using recycled materials for the side claddings. The 2017 Duster also gets new machined 18-inch alloy wheels on higher trims and 17-inch wheels on cheaper models. The rear end, like the front, follows the aggressive design language. It also has Y-shaped LED taillights, a larger and more aggressive tailgate, and a double bubble spoiler. The same dark gray skid plate is used on the rear bumper, adding to the rough impression.
Options for powertrains
In terms of powertrains, the forthcoming Duster in overseas markets next year will be available with a number of engine options. A 1.6-liter hybrid petrol engine with two electric motors, a 1.2-liter three-cylinder petrol engine with a 48V mild hybrid system, and a 1.0-liter petrol engine compatible with LPG/CNG in specific markets are all part of the lineup. Notably, Renault, like many other automakers, has chosen not to provide a diesel engine option for the all-new Duster.
Pricing and Market Competition
Renault is expected to sell this SUV in India for between Rs 16 and Rs 20 lakh. This implies it will compete with the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder, Honda Elevate, and a slew of other compact SUVs. As previously stated, this SUV would not be available in India till 2025.