Renault vs. Maruti vs. Kia vs. M&M: why the Duster isn't even a shadow of the SUV hulk it once was
03 Mar 2020

The share of SUVs as a percentage of total passenger vehicle sales in India has risen significantly over the last five years, while the Duster's share has fallen. In 2019, Maruti Suzuki's Vitara Brezza (launched in 2016) and Hyundai's Creta (launched in 2015) were the highest-selling compact SUVs in India, says Aryaman Tandon, automotive leader, Praxis Global Alliance.

In India, the Duster got two upgrades, with the most recent being in 2019. The current model is priced in the same price bracket as its earlier versions. At the Auto Expo 2020, Renault announced some more new features besides the BS-VI petrol mill. 

Tandon believes that the second generation Duster was not brought into India because the vehicle was designed to meet certain European regulations and hence manufacturing it domestically would have been very costly. 

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