French car manufacturer Renault was working on a sub-4 meter SUV for quite some time. It is known as Kiger and has been spotted testing on our roads several times. A month ago, Renault officially revealed the showcar or concept version of the almost production ready Kiger. Renault has now officially announced the launch date for the upcoming compact SUV. Renault will be globally premiering the eagerly awaited Kiger in India on January 28, 2021. The upcoming Kiger will compete with cars like Maruti Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300, Kia Sonet, Nissan Magnite and Ford EcoSport.
Renault Kiger as mentioned above is a global product which will be launched in India first. It will be the third global car from Groupe Renault to be launched in India first, followed by other markets. The concept or the showcar that was revealed a month ago looks very promising. Renault KIGER has already made a strong impression for its distinctive styling, which is sporty, masculine and modern. It is based on CMFA+ platform which is the same that we have seen in Renault Kwid and Triber. The very same platform has been used in Nissan Magnite as well. It will be produced at Renault-Nissan joint manufacturing facility at Oragadam, Chennai.
Nissan Magnite and upcoming Renault Kiger will have some similarities in terms of design and the list of features that it will offer. Renault Kiger has a front that is similar to what we have seen in the facelifted Kwid and Triber MPV. The LED DRLs are placed on either ends of the grille while headlamps are placed on the bumper. There is also a faux skid plate that adds muscle to the vehicle. The headlamps and expected to be all LED in the top-end trims.
Moving to the side profile, Kiger gets thick cladding around the wheel arches and the lower part of the door. A silver colour functional roof rail is also expected to be seen. Just like Nissan Magnite, a Kiger badge is also expected on the side fender. The top-end trim would get a dual tone alloy wheel. The roof of the Kiger starts to slope as it moves towards the rear. A sporty looking roof mounted spoiler will also be there in the SUV.
At the rear, Kiger will come with a split tail lamp set up with halogen bulbs. Kiger branding on the boot along with Renault logo will also be seen. The rear bumper will have a muscular design with a silver coloured faux skid plate here as well. On the inside, Renault is expected to offer features like a touchscreen infotainment screen, multi function steering wheel, cruise control, digital instrument cluster, rear AC vents and may be even the wireless charging and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay feature.
In terms of engine, Renault Kiger will be available with two petrol engine options. There will be a 1.0 litre, three cylinder naturally aspirated engine that generates 72 Ps and 96 Nm of torque. This will come with a manual gearbox, The second petrol engine will be a 1.0 litre turbocharged unit that generates 100 Ps and 160 Nm of torque. This will be available with a manual and a CVT gearbox option. Just like Nissan Magnite, Renault is also expected to come with a very competitive price tag for the all-new Kiger SUV.