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Renault Kiger sub-4 meter compact SUV officially unveiled in India

Renault India has just unveiled their first sub-4 meter compact SUV – the Kiger. Designed specifically for India and other emerging markets across the globe, the Kiger is based on the CMF-A platform that it shares with the likes of the Triber MPV and the Kwid hatchback. Notably, the Kiger shares its platform and mechanicals with the recently launched Nissan Magnite compact SUV. The Renault Kiger will be built alongside the Nissan Magnite at the automaker’s Renault-Nissan joint production facility at Oragadam, off Chennai. The price announcement of the Renault Kiger will happen in the coming weeks.

The Renault Kiger is offered with two engine options: a 1 liter-3 cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine good for 72 PS-96 Nm and a 1 liter-3 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that makes 99 PS-160 Nm. While the lower powered engine gets 5 speed manual and automated manual transmission options, the higher powered petrol engine gets 5 speed manual and CVT automatic gearbox options.

All variants of the Kiger are front wheel driven, and the car is meant to rival the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Toyota Urban Cruiser, Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet, Ford EcoSport, Nissan Magnite, Tata Nexon and the Mahindra XUV300.

Coming to the design highlights of the Kiger, the compact SUV looks like a grown up Kwid from the front and there’s the unmistakable Renault-touch in terms of grille and front bumper design. Beefed up wheel wells, cladding and roof rails are three other design features that gives the Kiger a SUV-ish stance while the rear of the vehicle gets very distinctive styling that makes it stand apart from other Renault cars including the Triber and Kwid. At first glance, the Kiger looks more like a crossover than a compact SUV.

Here are technical specifications of the recently unveiled Renault Kiger,

Length 3,991 mm

 

Width 1,750 mm (without mirrors)
Height 1,600 mm (with Roof Bars)

 

Wheelbase 2,500 mm

 

Kerb Weight 1,012 kg

 

Engine Type 3-cylinder 1.0 L turbocharged petrol engine

 

ENERGY 3-cylinder 1.0 L petrol engine
Displacement (cc) 999 cc

 

999 cc
Power 100 Ps

 

72 Ps
Torque 160 Nm @ 3,200 rpm

 

96 Nm @ 3500 RPM
Gearbox 5 Speed Manual Transmission

5 Speed X-TRONIC CVT

 

5 Speed Manual Transmission

5 Speed EASY-R AMT

Configuration 3 cylinders

 

Tyre size 195/60 R16
Front suspension McPherson strut with lower triangle & coil spring, anti-roll bar & traverse arm

 

Rear suspension Torsion beam axle

 

Boot volume 405 L

 

Ground Clearance 205 mm

 

Fuel tank volume 40 L

 

Venkatram Mamillapalle, Country CEO & Managing Director, Renault India Operations, shared,

Renault has continued to move forward in India and has navigated the challenging macro-economic environment, bettering the industry trends. We have managed this by our robust business strategy which includes our exciting product range, laser-sharp focus on quality and customer centricity and our aggressive network ramp up across the country. Today, we take another major step in India with the global reveal of Renault KIGER, our all-new B-SUV which will stand out as an excitingly sporty, super smart and attractively stunning offering. Following Duster, which made SUVs accessible to a large set of people, not just in India but across the world, Renault KIGER will once again make SUV aspirations accessible to a whole new set of customers and we look forward to building on our increasing customer base with this new game-changer.