Renault recently launched its all-new Kiger to enter the sub-4m compact SUV segment in the Indian market. The launch comes only a few months after the launch of the Nissan Magnite, which became the most affordable car in the segment at the time of its launch. Both Renault Kiger and Nissan Magnite are high in demand in the market. However, the latest dispatch figures show Nissan ahead of Renault in this segment.
In the month of April 2021, Nissan dispatched as many as 2,904 units of the Magnite. Renault in the same period dispatched 2,800 units of the Kiger. Both the vehicles are new in the market and have massive demand. So much so that there is a waiting period of months depending on the city and variant for both the vehicles.
The Nissan Magnite and the Renault Kiger are priced and positioned similarly in the market. The Magnite has priced between Rs 5.59 lakh, ex-showroom and Rs 10 lakh. Renault has priced the Kiger between Rs 5.45 lakh and Rs 9,72 lakh, ex-showroom. The Kiger is currently the most affordable car in the segment.
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Renault Nissan and Mitsubishi have formed an alliance at a global level. They are under an umbrella brand of The Alliance. In India, Renault and Nissan have a joint venture. They announced the joint venture way back in 2005 in India. Both the companies share a manufacturing facility in Oragadam near Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The plant is currently operating at full steam and both Nissan and Renault are operating in three shifts.
Both Nissan Magnite and Renault Kiger share the same platform. Also, they are powered by the same engine options and get the same transmission options as well. However, Renault offers an additional transmission option – Automated Manual Transmission or AMT with the Kiger, which Nissan does not offer.
Both the cars are powered by the same engine options. There are two petrol engine options available with both cars. There is a naturally-aspirated three-cylinder engine option that generates a maximum power of 72 PS and a peak torque of 96 Nm. The more powerful engine option is the 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that generates a maximum power of 100 PS and peak torque of 160 Nm. This engine option is also available with CVT and it generates a maximum of 152 Nm with that transmission option.
Both the cars are also similarly equipped when it comes to the features too. The Magnite gets an 8.0-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, a 6-speaker system from JBL, 360 degree camera, and more. There are additional packs that add features like air purifier, wireless charger, puddle lamps and more.
The Renault also comes with similar features too. There are a few differences like the Kiger does not offer 360 degree camera. It also offers 4-speaker system with 4-tweeters from Arkamys, full LED headlamps and foglamps.