India-bound three-row Renault Duster spied on test

At the beginning of the year, Renault announced its renewed commitment to the Indian market with plans to reintroduce a premium SUV lineup. This ambitious move hinges on the launch of the next-generation Duster, which will be available in both two- and three-row configurations.

Three-Row Model Spied on Test

The three-row variant has recently been spotted in testing, disguised under the Dacia badge. Despite heavy camouflage, several key design elements are visible that will feature in the Indian version set to debut in 2025. The spy shots reveal the vehicle’s silhouette, pillar-mounted door handles, headlamp design, wheels, and taillamps. These design cues are shared with the next-generation two-row Duster, suggesting a cohesive family look for Renault’s new SUV lineup.

The three-row model is anticipated to share its cabin and feature list with the two-row version, though with distinct color schemes. Additionally, to accommodate the third row, the three-row Duster will have an increased overall length of 100-150mm compared to its two-row counterpart.

Engine Options

Internationally, the new Duster is expected to offer three engine options: a 1.6-litre petrol-hybrid, a 1.2-litre petrol-hybrid, and a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine compatible with LPG for select markets. For the Indian market, the focus will likely be on the 1.6-litre and 1.2-litre petrol-hybrid engines.

Competition and Pricing

Dubbed the Bigster in popular discussions, this three-row SUV will compete with models like the Hyundai Alcazar, MG Hector Plus, Kia Carens, Tata Safari, and upcoming three-row SUVs from Maruti and Toyota. Expected to be priced between Rs. 14-18 lakh (ex-showroom), the Bigster aims to offer a compelling option in the growing market for spacious, family-oriented SUVs in India.

Renault’s strategic reentry into the premium SUV segment with the next-generation Duster, especially its three-row variant, reflects the company’s effort to capture a significant share of the Indian automotive market. As the launch approaches, anticipation builds around this new addition to Renault’s lineup, promising to deliver enhanced features, modern design, and competitive pricing.