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Renault Kiger to be priced cheaper than Nissan Magnite

Renault has unveiled the much-awaited Kiger in India today. The global car will be launched in the coming weeks but Renault remained tight-lipped about the launch date. Nonetheless, Renault will price the car very smartly in the segment. Renault has confirmed that it will be the most affordable car in the segment.

According to Hormazd Sorabjee, the all-new Kiger will be priced lower than Rs 5.49 lakh, which is the base price of the Magnite. Nissan launched the Magnite last year at a price of Rs 4.99 lakh but raised the price of the base model to Rs 5.49 lakh. It remains the most affordable car in the segment.

The Kiger is based on a modified version of the CMF-A+ platform that also underpins the 7-seater Triber. This is a global unveiling of the production version and as promised, Renault has ensured that the production version of the car looks at least 80 per cent resemblance with the prototype.

The Renault Kiger gets sleek LED headlamps that down below, there are squarish, ice cube-shaped fog lamps. The Kiger will share a lot with the newly launched Nissan Magnite and it is a crucial model for the manufacturer in the Indian market. The Kiger gets flared wheel arches to add a wide look. Even though the Nissan Magnite is based on the same platform, the Kiger just looks very different and more aggressive. The Kiger also gets a body cladding all around.

The Kiger will get powered by two petrol engine options. There will be 1.0-litre naturally-aspirated petrol and 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol. Both the engine options will offer a 5-speed manual transmission. Renault also offers a CVT automatic transmission. There are no plans of launching a diesel engine option with the Kiger in the future.

Based on CMF-A+ platform

It is the same platform that underpins the Renault Triber and even the Nissan Magnite. In fact, both Nissan Magnite and the Renault Kiger will be manufactured alongside at the Renault-Nissan joint production facility in Oragadam, near Chennai. Nissan will offer the same 1.0-litre naturally-aspirated and 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that are also available with the Nissan Magnite. The 1.0-litre turbocharged unit generates a maximum of 99 PS and 160 Nm while the naturally-aspirated version churns out a maximum power of 72 PS and 96 Nm. The engine options will be available with an AMT, manual transmission and CVT automatic transmission.

The Kiger looks quite similar to the Kwid and Triber when it comes to the design of the front-end and around, it gets thick cladding and even roof rails. At the front, it gets sleek DRLs just above the turning indicators. The main headlamp units are located down below in the bumper in square LED shape. It is the only headlamp cluster and there is no separate foglamp housing.

Currently, there is a massive price difference between the base variants of the Nissan Magnite and Kia Sonet, which is the second-most affordable car in the segment. It is priced at Rs 6.79 lakh while the Nissan is priced at Rs 5.49 lakh. Nissan launched the car at an introductory price of Rs 4.99 lakh. Renault is likely to follow the same strategy and will likely launch the car at an introductory price.