After the recent entry of Nissan’s Magnite, Renault is now making a statement with its Kiger SUV that has broken cover on the Indian soil. With the debut of the Kiger in the Indian market, the competition in the sub-compact SUV segment is heating up.
The car appears to be closely connected to its previously seen concept version. It carries over the horizontally stacked headlamps and sleek LED DRLs mounted over the front bumper, giving it a high bonnet effect. The funky looking alloys rest on the side under muscular arches, adding to its bold appeal. For an extra touch of aggressiveness, Renault also used black plastic cladding on the doors and wheel arches. The signature front grille styling appears to be borrowed from the entry level Kwid.
The roof has a dual-tone effect that is likely to be restricted only to models of higher specs. The inverted C-shaped LED tail lamps look sharp and trendy at the rear.
In terms of mechanicals, two engine choices will be offered on the Kiger: a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine delivering 100 PS and 160 Nm, and a 1.0 L naturally aspirated petrol engine delivering 72 PS and 96 Nm. A five-speed manual and a five-speed EASY-R AMT on the 1.0 L petrol engine, and a five-speed manual and a 5-speed X-TRONIC CVT on the 1.0 litre turbocharged unit will be offered as transmission options.
“After Duster, Kwid and Triber, we are now preparing for the launch of Renault Kiger, a modern SUV that is a perfect fit for the Indian market. It combines the best Renault has to offer: our expertise in innovative cars with the creativity and in-depth knowledge of customer needs. A strong proof that Renault really is a game-changer,” shared Fabrice Cambolive, SVP, Renault Brand, Sales & Operations.
The French car maker says the Kiger will be produced in India and will be exported to global markets. Prices for the new Renault SUV will be revealed soon. The Renault Kiger will rival the likes of the Kia Sonet, Hyundai Venue, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, and Mahindra XUV300.
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