Renault has now commenced production of the all-new Kiger at its facility in Chennai. The company has also commenced dispatching the compact crossover to dealerships across the country. Expect Renault to launch the Kiger next month.
Less than two weeks after its global premiere, Renault has started mass production of the all-new Kiger at its manufacturing facility in Chennai. In fact, in the official press statement, the company also said that dispatches to dealerships across the country have commenced too. Renault is expected to launch the Kiger next month.
The Renault Kiger shares its underpinnings with the Nissan Magnite, which was launched late last year. Based on Renault-Nissan’s CMFA+ platform, the Kiger looks like the Kwid’s larger sibling. In terms of dimensions, the Kiger is on a par with other sub-4 metre crossovers like the Hyundai Venue, and Kia Sonet. It is 3,991mm long, 1,750mm wide, and 1,600mm tall. The front and the rear wheels sit 2,500mm apart. As far as design goes, the Kiger is a typical Renault offering. The front-end has the signature wide grille, with the sleek LED DRLs on both sides. Taking centre stage is the large Renault insignia. In line with the new trend, the Kiger’s headlights, too, are positioned lower on the bumper. The Kiger gets smoked C-shaped tail lamps at the back, a neatly shaped tailgate, and a rugged-looking rear bumper.
Powering the Kiger will be the same engines as the ones offered with the Nissan Magnite. The entry-level models will get a 1.0-litre naturally aspirated motor, with a power output of 71bhp and 96Nm. This engine will be offered with two transmission options – a 5-speed manual and Renault’s Easy-R AMT. Renault will also have a 1.0-litre turbo petrol on offer with an of option between a 5-speed manual and a CVT. The turbo petrol is good for 99bhp and 160Nm.
With the launch scheduled in March, Renault has already begun the production of the Kiger in Chennai. The Kiger is a very important product for Renault, and with that in mind, it is likely to be competitively priced too. A lot of automobile manufacturers seem to be struggling to meet consumer demand and have long wait times for their products. Renault should work towards building an inventory before the launch to ensure a reasonable waiting period.