Renault India has officially unveiled the concept version of its upcoming sub-4 metre SUV - Kiger. The new model will mark Renault's entry into the coveted, and highly competitive subcompact SUV space, which has strong players like the Kia Sonet, Hyundai Venue, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, and Tata Nexon to name a few. In fact, the company is confident that the upcoming Renault Kiger is going to be the product that will help it achieve the one million sales milestone in India, at the earliest.
In the Renault Kiger's unveiling video released by the company, Fabrice Cambolive, SVP, Chairman of AMI, Pacific Region, Groupe Renault, said, "More than 650,000 Indian customers already enjoy driving a Renault. With Renault Kiger, we want to offer a sub-4 metre SUV different from what you see on the road today. It will help us reach, as soon as possible, 1 million customers in India."
At the same time, Venkatram Mamillapalle, Country CEO & MD, Renault India Operations said, "After Kwid and Triber, the Renault Kiger is the third global car from Groupe Renault to be launched in India first, followed by other markets. In line with our strategy for India, Renault Kiger will exemplify disruptive innovation. It will be launched in the B-segment, which accounts for more than 50 per cent of the total industry sales, thereby enabling us to grow our presence across the country."
The new, Renault Kiger SUV, will be built on the same CMF-A+ platform that currently underpins the company Triber MPV, and its partner brand Nissan's upcoming Magnite subcompact SUV. Visually speaking, the Kiger concept certainly looks bold, stylish and futuristic, with its split lighting design, green exterior accents, sporty 19-inch alloy wheels, LED taillights, and unique roof rails. The company says that nearly 80 per cent of the production-spec model will be identical to the concept car.
Powertrain wise, there is no official update from the company, however, we expect the new Renault Kiger to come with the new 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine that the company showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo. It's the same unit that will also power the Nissan Magnite, and along with a manual gearbox, Renault is also likely to offer a CVT automatic unit.