Based on Renault’s CMFA+ platform, the Kiger is a global product, which will first make its debut in India. The production-spec model is likely to be showcased around in early 2021, with the market launch to follow soon after.
Renault has just released images of its upcoming new product – the Kiger. The compact SUV is a global product that will first make its debut in India early next year. While these images are of the concept, the production-spec model will be showcased in early 2021.
Speaking about the Kiger Concept, Venkatram Mamillapalle, Country CEO & Managing Director, Renault India Operations, said, 'Renault Kiger is our all-new B-SUV, which will stand out as an attractive, smart, and exciting offering from Groupe Renault. We are delighted to announce that the global launch of Renault Kiger will be in India, after which it will be launched in other markets across the world. It will be launched in the B-segment, which accounts for more than 50% of the total industry sales, thereby enabling us to grow our presence across the country.'
The Kiger has been jointly developed by the design teams in France and India. Sporting a two-level LED headlight setup and the signature chrome grille with the large Renault insignia, the Kiger gets bold styling elements at the front. The side profile is dominated by large 19-inch wheels, flared wheel arches and a unique roof rack. Around the back, the Kiger gets C-shaped taillights, a central exhaust system and a roof-mounted spoiler. This concept flaunts a ground clearance of 210mm. The concept also features a unique paint scheme that changes hue from blue to purple, depending on the angle. The company claims that the production version will be nearly 80% similar to this concept. It will be interesting to see how many of these funky design elements make it to the production-spec model.
The Kiger will be based on Renault’s CMFA+ platform, which is also the base for the Triber. As far as engine options go, the Kiger will get the same engine and transmission options as the Nissan Magnite – a 1.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol mill, which will come paired with a manual transmission and an AMT option (same as the Triber), and a 1.0-litre turbo petrol, which will come paired with a manual and a CVT.
Although pictures and details of the interior haven’t been revealed yet, it's safe to assume that it will get all the features that are the norm in the segment and then some. Expect the Kiger to be priced in the Rs 5.5 – 10 lakh range when it gets launched in Q1 2021. It will compete against the likes of the Kia Sonet, Hyundai Venue, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Honda WR-V, and the Mahindra XUV300.