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Renault Kiger unveiled for India

Renault has unveiled the much awaited Kiger compact SUV in the Indian market. The new Kiger is set to rival a herd of compact SUV’s in the market apart from its own cousin the Nissan Magnite.

Built on the now popular CMFA platform, the new Renault Kiger measures in at 3,991mm in length, 1750mm in width, and 1,600mm in height. It uses a wheelbase of 2,500mm and has a kerb weight of 1,012kg. Ground clearance stands at 205mm and the car uses 195/60 R16 tyres. Boot carrying capacity stands at 405 litres and fuel tank capacity is rated at 40 litres.

The Renault Kiger packs in a stylish design that stands out from the crowd says Renault India. The nose has a large twin slat chrome grille that merges into the angular daytime running lights. The bumper is muscular in design and has the main headlight located within it, the lower part has a faux skid plate and black cladding to finish the look. The high set bonnet has prominent lines that add to the flavour.

There’s thick body cladding and squared out wheel arches on the side profile, while it also a blacked out portion on the c-pillar and large functional roof rails as well. The rear however is where the Kiger sports its best angle, it has plenty of creases on the tailgate and the c-shaped taillights look great. A nicely designed roof spoiler and thick lower body cladding along with a skid plate complete the rear look.

The Kiger’s interior comes finished in black and grey theme and has a smartly designed dashboard. The biggest highlight is the 8.0 inch infotainment system that stands tall at the centre console and comes loaded with lots of features like Bluetooth connectivity, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay along with an Arkamys sound system with 4 speakers and tweeters.

Lower in the dash it gets square like central A/C vents and rotary climate control with displays embedded into them, also interesting is the centre console that comes finished in piano black with a high mounted gearknob along with a console box to store stuff that can be shut when required.

The KIGER shares the same modular platform as the Triber, meaning that it offers key advantages unparalleled in the market:

  1. Roomier passenger compartment

  2. Optimisation of engine compartment size

  3. Best in Segment Cabin Storage space.

  4. Best in segment Cargo Space

  5. Best in segment Rear elbow width – 3 passengers accommodated comfortably

  6. Best in Segment turning Radius

  7. Best in Segment dashboard visibility from rear seat

  8. Comfort and driving pleasure

  9. Best in segment fuel efficiency

  10. Higher Ground Clearance

A central armrest is also part of the package. The Kiger also gets double gloveboxes and large door pockets for additional storage. Talking about features, the Kiger packs keyless ignition, keyless start/stop, automatic climate control, Air purifier and though not confirmed a wireless charger as well.

Powering the Kiger is the same 1.0 litre turbo engine and 3 cylinder petrol from the Magnite cousin. The 1.0 litre turbo petrol puts out 72hp and 96Nm of torque and comes mated to a 5-speed manual & CVT automatic. The 3 cylinder petrol 1.0 litre motor on the other hand makes 100hp and 160Nm of torque and comes mated to a 5-speed manual or AMT gearbox.

Talking about safety, Renault Kiger comes with three point seatbelts on front two seats and rear two side seats, middle passengers get two point belts. Two airbags are on offer for driver and front passenger and seat belt reminder alert for enhanced safety.

Renault will also offer customers the choice of six exterior paint schemes – Ice Cool White, Planet Grey, Moonlight Grey, Mahogany Brown, Caspian Blue and Radiant Red with Mystery Black Roof. Unique to the Kiger will be a Radiant red colour scheme in the top trim that can be had in all trims of the Kiger. Also on offer will be five accessory packs for additional customisation options.

The Renault Kiger is expected to arrive in March this year, with bookings have already begun this month itself. The Renault Kiger when it arrives will take on the Nissan Magnite, Toyota Urban Cruiser, Hyundai Venue, Mahindra XUV 3OO, Kia Sonet, Ford Ecosport, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and the Tata Nexon among many more.

Renault also says it will undercut the Nissan Magnite in terms of pricing with a rather attractive pricing upon launch, how much of it will be true, we will know upon launch only.

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