The compact SUV segment is becoming increasingly crowded with up to 7 cars available in India from a variety of manufacturers. The latest to enter the fray is Renault. The French car manufacturer has unveiled the Renault Kiger compact segment that will compete in the hotly contested market. The Renault Kiger’s launch is planned for March 2021.
What is the Renault Kiger?
The Renault Kiger is a compact SUV based on the same platform as the Triber 7-seater MUV. The Kiger is being targeted as a value oriented compact SUV that does not skimp on the features. This new compact SUV is part of Renault’s plan to continue expanding its product line in India.
The exteriors of the Renault Kiger follow the French manufacturer’s unique SUV design that was employed on the facelifted Kwid. The front fascia features the signature split headlight design and sculpted front bumper. The flared arches and bulges give the Kiger a strong muscular appearance and a commanding road presence.
The rear split spoiler and faux skid plates further add to the sporty SUV characteristics of the Kiger. With 205 mm of ground clearance and 16-inch alloy wheels, the Renault Kiger has all the ingredients to be a capable compact SUV for India.
Renault Kiger Exterior Features
- Tri-LED headlamp cluster
- 205 mm of ground clearance
- 16-inch alloy wheels
- Split rear spoiler
Renault Kiger Engine & Transmission
The Renault Kiger will be equipped with two engine options and a choice between a manual or an automatic transmission.
Renault Kiger Engine & Transmission Options
1.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol
1.0-litre turbocharged petrol
5-speed AMT automatic
5-speed CVT automatic
72 PS of power
96 Nm of torque
100 PS of power
160 Nm of torque
The 1.0-litre turbo petrol paired with the CVT automatic transmission appears to be the most desirable powertrain on the Renault Kiger. Those looking to get more mileage out of the Kiger might want to look towards the naturally aspirated petrol variant.
Renault Kiger Features
Like the Kwid, Renault plans on making the Kiger a value-for-money proposition while undercutting the competition by a large margin. While the exterior makes a bold statement, the Renault Kiger’s interiors can bring the heat to the competition.
Renault Kiger Interior Features
- 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- 7-inch multi-information display
- 8 speaker Arkamys sound system
- Large 405 litre boot space that can be expanded to 879 litres by folding the rear seats
- Automatic climate control, ambient lighting and optional PM2.5 air filter
- Driving modes: Normal, Eco, and Sports
The Renault Kiger is a tech-loaded compact SUV that has been equipped with features that will help differentiate it from the competition. The notable features on the Kiger are the driving modes and the expansive 405 litre boot space.
Renault Kiger Safety Features
The safety features on the Renault Kiger is also well-packaged for its expected price point. Dual airbags and ABS with EBD will most likely be standard across the range. On higher variants, Renault is equipping the Kiger with up to 4 front airbags.
Renault Kiger Price and Competition
Renault is venturing into a very competitive compact SUV segment. The Renault Kiger will be going against the recently launched Nissan Magnite as well as the Toyota Urban Cruiser, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Kia Sonet, Hyundai Venue, Mahindra XUV300, Tata Nexon, and Ford EcoSport.
The French manufacturer is aiming to price the Kiger aggressively to make a mark in India. The Renault Kiger can be expected to be priced very close to the Nissan Magnite, which is priced starting from ₹4.99 lakhs (ex-showroom).
What is the boot space on the Renault Kiger?
The Renault Kiger has a segment-leading boot space of 405 litres. The boot space can be further expanded to 879 litres with the rear seats folded.
Is there a diesel variant of the Renault Kiger?
At launch, the Renault Kiger will not be available with a diesel variant. Renault currently does not have a small displacement diesel engine for its compact cars.
When will the Renault Kiger officially launch?
The Renault Kiger will be officially will be launched in March 2021.
Which is better: Renault Kiger or Renault Duster?
The Renault Duster is a larger SUV than the Renault Kiger. Additionally, the Duster is also equipped with more powerful engines than the Kiger. If you are looking for an SUV for the city, the Renault Kiger is the more ideal compact SUV while the Renault Duster is more suited for those looking for a more powerful SUV experience.
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