28th January will also mark the Renault Kiger's global debut. It will be the third global car from Groupe Renault to be launched in India first, followed by other markets.
In November last year, Renault had showcased the much-anticipated but slightly delayed Kiger compact SUV in its concept form. And today, Renault has confirmed that the production-spec Kiger will make its global debut in India on 28th January.
Built on the same CMFA+ platform as the Triber, the sub-4m Kiger will be Renault's counterpart to the recently-launched Nissan Magnite. More importantly, Renault has confidently stated that the production-spec Kiger will be approximately 80% similar to the concept car seen here. So, expect the Kiger to bear a bold design for a compact SUV.
In terms of powertrain choices, the Kiger is expected to be launched with the same options as the Triber and the Nissan Magnite. Thus, expect the Kiger to get a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol motor (the same as the Magnite) in both naturally-aspirated (NA) and turbocharged versions. While the NA variants are likely to get the choice of either a five-speed manual or an AMT gearbox, the turbocharged variants will get the option of a CVT automatic gearbox instead of the AMT, much like the Magnite. The power and torque figures are also expected to be close to those of the Magnite.