Next generation Renault SUV debuts in 2018, will be equipped with new 2.0 SCe engine and will have seven seat version
The second generation of the Renault Duster is on its way. Launched in Brazil in 2011, one year after its debut in Romania with the Dacia brand, the SUV debuts here its new version in the second half of 2018. That is: about a year after its presentation in Europe, which should occur in the End of this year.
The avant-première is expected more precisely for September, at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Germany. The main novelty of the model will be the seven-seat version – early news in this section in the May 2015 issue.
The Duster should change a lot, compared to the current model, but it will not neglect its rugged, low-sophistication SUV concept to ensure cost-effectiveness.
For this reason, despite being considered a next generation copy, the Duster will have the same platform as the predecessor, with some structural improvements only. In the case of the seven seat version, the base will be the same as the Oroch pickup, which is 15.5 cm longer in the wheelbase.
Among the equipment, one can expect the same content standard of the currently offered model, with air conditioning, electro-hydraulic steering and alloy wheels, in the inlet packages. The full versions will have ESP, multimedia center and LED position lights. But there will be changes in the mechanical part.
The good news here is the offer of the new 2.0 SCe engine, which retires the current 2.0, and joins the 1.6 SCe that reached the Renault line at the end of 2016. This line of engines brings several features to increase efficiency, such as Friction reducing treatment and battery power management system.
Hence the acronym SCe, which comes from Smart Control Efficiency. The SCe 2.0 engine will debut before the Duster, however. It is already being tested in Brazil and will come in Captur in the second half of this year. Regarding the transmission, in addition to the five-speed manual transmission, there may be the option of the CVT (continuously variable) automatic gearbox – the new Captur has not yet shipped in the market, and one of the main criticisms is precisely the lagged automatic four-speed gearbox .
The design is still a secret. The projection you see in this edition was based on bets made by the European press. It is expected that designers will seek inspiration for this model originally Dacia in the line of Renault brand SUVs in models such as Koleos and Kadjar, for example.