• Renault Duster testingMotorOctane.com
  • Renault Duster testingMotorOctane.com
  • Renault Duster testingMotorOctane.com

While the road test for the face-lifted Renault Duster is going on in India, the French manufacturer has already started working on the next generation Duster, which is expected to be globally unveiled in 2017.

The spy pictures from MotorOctane show a heavily camouflaged Duster that is slightly longer than the current model. The image hints at about 15cm increase in length. The quarter glass after the B-pillar is extended towards the rear and it indicates the third row of the seats. Hence, the next generation Duster is expected in seven-seater layout.

Analysing the logo section of the front grill, the vehicle seems to be the Dacia Duster. Dacia is the subsidiary of Renault and Duster SUV is sold under this brand in many countries. Additionally, the front end has a large skid plate and sculpted bonnet. The new gen Duster will feature ORVM with integrated turn indicators and newly designed alloy wheels.

The new generation Duster is expected to get a new-generation of petrol and diesel engines. The current 1.5-litre K9K engine developing 84bhp and 108bhp will be tweaked for higher performance and fuel efficiency.

Meanwhile, the Dacia has unveiled the Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) version of the Duster, which the manufacturer calls Easy-R. It is fitted with computer-controlled electromechanical actuators that perform a surrogate role for the driver, declutching, changing gear and then re-engaging the clutch.

The 5-speed transmission also works with the stop and start system that will aid in increased fuel efficiency. The next gen Duster will feature new upholstery trims, diamond-effect black wheels, sat-nav multimedia system and a reversing camera.