Renault Kiger which was recently unveiled for the Indian market last week has been caught on a video at a dealership ahead of the launch. It means that the Kiger has started arriving at the local dealerships and the dealerships have started taking unofficial bookings of the new compact-SUV. The Kiger in the video is the top-end RXZ variant which is equipped with all the features and equipment that Renault has to offer. The video has been uploaded by car king on its YouTube channel. We assume that test drives and official bookings of the Kiger should start soon.
We can see the tri-octa LED headlamps as Renault likes to call it, there are LED Daytime Running Lamps with turn indicators which integrates with the grille that gets horizontal slats. From the side, we can see the diamond-cut alloy wheels, black plastic cladding, roof rails and flared wheel arches.
The roof rails can even carry a load of 50 kgs. At the rear, there is a chunky skid plate along with C-shaped LED tail lamps, vertical reflectors, rear spoiler, high-mounted stop lamp and rear wiper with washer.
For the interior, Renault has used Black and Grey theme for a more sporty appeal. The cabin does look modern and unique which helps Kiger to stand out. It is equipped with features like push-button to start/stop, electrically adjustable outside rearview mirrors, keyless entry, speed alert, rear parking sensors, steering mounted controls, reversing parking camera, dual airbags, ABS with EBD, cruise control, rear AC vents and much more.
There is also a fully digital 7-inch reconfigurable instrument cluster and an 8-inch floating touchscreen infotainment system unit that comes with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and is connected to a speaker system sourced from Arkamys. You can also get an air purifier and a wireless charger as an additional accessory pack.
You can also get upto 4 airbags with the Kiger. With a ground clearance of 205 mm, glove-box storage of 10.5-litre, total cabin storage volume of 29.1-litres and a boot space of 405-litres, Kiger does make a very practical compact-SUV.
The Kiger is based on the CMF-A platform which also underpins the Nissan Magnite which was launched last year. The Magnite helped Nissan beat the sales of MG Motor, Volkswagen and Ford. You can read more about it by clicking here. The Kiger will be produced alongside the Magnite at the Renault-Nissan joint manufacturing facility at Oragadam, Chennai. Renault says that the Kiger has been designed specifically for emerging markets around the world and India will be the first market for this compact SUV.
Powering the Kiger are the same set of petrol engine that we have seen on the Nissan Magnite. So, there is the 1.0-litre, three-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine that produces 72 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 92 Nm. It is offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 5-speed Easy-R AMT. Then there is the 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine which produces 100 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 160 Nm. It is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 5-speed X-Tronic CVT automatic gearbox. Renault Kiger is expected to be priced around Rs. 5 lakhs ex-showroom and go all the way upto Rs. 10 lakhs ex-showroom. Renault Kiger will compete against the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Toyota Urban Cruiser, Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet, Ford EcoSport, Nissan Magnite, Tata Nexon and the Mahindra XUV300.