Published on January 31st, 2021 | by Amirul Mukminin0
Renault Kiger Officially Launched In India
According to Renault, the Kiger will make its way to other markets as well
The competition in the compact crossover segment in India is set to get stiffer with the arrival of the new Renault Kiger. Previewed by the Kiger Concept back in November 2020, the Kiger is built on a slightly modified version of Renault’s CMF-A platform called the CMF-A+, which also underpins the Triber and the recently-launched Nissan Magnite.
Design-wide, the production version of the Kiger stays true to the concept, as shown by the sculpted bonnet and three square LED headlights separately encased in a chrome octagonal unit. Its bold SUV look is completed by the high ground clearance of 205 mm and functional roof bars.
Although measuring less than four metres in length, Renault says the Kiger offers segment leading roominess, cabin storage and cargo space. At the front, there is a 710-mm couple distance between seats while at the rear, the second row gets plenty of legroom (222 mm) and elbow room (1,431 mm). The 405-litre boot extends to 879 litres with the second row folded.
As for equipment, buyers get an 8-inch floating touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 7-inch instrument cluster with a configurable display depending on what driving mode is selected, automatic air-conditioning, white ambient lighting, eight-speaker Auditorium 3D Sound system by Arkamys and hands-free smart access card.
Powering the Kiger is a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, with a power output of 100 PS and 160 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a five-speed manual transmission but the X-Tronic CVT will be available shortly after market launch.
There’s also a naturally-aspirated 1.0-litre three-cylinder variant that offers 72 PS and 96 Nm. It can be had with either a five-speed manual or the EASY-R five-speed robotised gearbox AMT.
Safety equipment is pretty basic with four airbags (two front, two side) and seat belt reminder for the front seats.
Kiger is a brand new compact SUV designed in India and initially intended for this market, before being marketed internationally in a second phase. Accessible and equipped with five seats, this sturdy SUV of less than 4 meters in length completes Renault’s offer in India, with Kwid, Duster and Triber.
Kiger has a very strong personality with its resolutely modern and dynamic design and generous interior space. With equipment and features unheard of at this price level in the segment, and its dual choice of engine and transmission, it has all the cards in hand to appeal to Indian customers looking for originality and novelty.
Renault Kiger : Design, interior design and technologies
A sporty and muscular SUV, Kiger is a concentrate of energy with two faces: that of urban modernity and that of agility whatever the road. Its muscular bodywork inspires both robustness and dynamism. A true invitation to escape into the urban jungle and to new driving experiences.
Measuring just under 4 meters in length, Kiger is classified as an urban SUV. Despite this compactness, it has solid assets in terms of interior space. The interior design philosophy harmoniously combines the robust spirit of an SUV with a sophisticated, technological feel. The clever interior design is based on sharing and friendliness.
On the technology side, Renault Kiger features a large 8-inch (20.3 cm) touch screen compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, with Bluetooth and WIFI connection. The driving experience is enhanced by MULTI-SENSE settings that allow the driver to choose different driving modes, an Auditorium 3D Sound by Arkamys audio system, as well as speed cameras and a rearview camera with guidance lines for easy parking.
India, one of the most attractive markets in the world
The second most populous country in the world, India has strong growth potential and remains one of the most attractive markets in the world. As in many other countries, the SUV market has been growing steadily in recent years. Particularly attentive to its customers, their needs and their uses, Renault became aware of this growing demand very early on. The brand has revolutionized certain segments by developing disruptive products such as Kwid and Triber. As one of the only manufacturers to have gained market share last year in a declining market, Renault has established itself as the leader among European brands distributed in India.