Renault Kiger Revealed As Stylish, Feature-Rich & Practical Compact SUV
Pitched smack in the middle of the sub-4-metre SUV class, the car will take on quite a few heavyweights.
Renault has officially revealed the Kiger, a stylish, feature-rich compact SUV that the French carmaker says has been designed and developed for India.
To be first launched in India, followed by other markets, the SUV has a fluid design, making it one of the nicest looking cars in its segment.
Upfront, there are twin 3-pod headlights above which sit the DRLs flanking the chrome embellished grille that has the large Renault badge proudly sitting in the middle.
A body coloured section splits the radiator grille and the air dam located below, give its distinctive “face”. Along the sides, there are body claddings on the wheel arches, 16-inch alloy wheels, small glass house, thick C-pillar and roof rails.
At the rear, there are C-shaped LED tail lights (with gloss black inserts), a heavily-creased boot lid and a big rear bumper housing the faux skid plate. It is a stylish car aimed at the urban car buyer through and through with its modern looks.
Built on the brand’s CMFA+ platform, the Kiger measures 3991 mm long, 1750 mm wide, 1600 mm high (with roof rails), has a wheelbase of 2500 mm and weighs 1012 kg.
Inside, the Renault Kiger has a clean cabin, with the dash having a 2-piece design and the 8-inch touchscreen sitting proudly in the middle.
Below the screen are the centre air vents, while the ones on either side form a part of the trim piece running along the centre of the dash. Also, there is a 7-inch digital instrument display on offer.
At the back, occupants have an arm rest and air vents, while the boot is big enough to swallow lot of luggage, for it is 405 litres in capacity.
Being a modern car, the Kiger comes with plentiful features such as wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity, Arkamys sound system, hands-free smart access card, reverse camera, parking sensors, auto air-con, back-lit steering wheel controls.
Higher trims also come with “Multi-Sense” settings to select different driving modes (Normal, Eco and Sport), ambient lighting, among other features. Renault claims the second row occupants have 222 mm legroom and that the storage spaces amount to 29 litres.
There are 2 engine options available with the car. Both are 3-cylinder units displacing 999cc, but one is naturally aspirated (NA) and the other is turbocharged. The non-turbo motor puts out power and torque figures of 72 PS and 96 Nm as opposed to the turbo petrol’s 100 PS and 160 Nm.
Both engines can be had with 2 transmission options. The NA petrol can be had either with a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed Easy-R AMT, while the turbo petrol can be paired with a 5-speed manual or an X-Tronic CVT.
Colours offered with the car are as follows – Caspian Blue, Ice Cool White, Mahogany Brown, Moonlight Grey, Planet Grey and Radiant Red. All trim-levels include a two-tone option where the roof comes in Mystery Black shade.
Safety-wise, the Renault Kiger comes with 2 front and 2 side airbags, 3-point seatbelts for 4 passengers (rear seat middle occupant has a 2-point seatbelt) and seatbelt reminder alert for the front seat passengers.
Set to be launched soon, the compact SUV will take on the Hyundai Venue, Maruti Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon and the like.