Renault is gearing up to launch it’s next product, the Kiger. Name seem familiar? The naming scheme of this upcoming vehicle is quite similar to that of Kadjar, which is one of the international vehicles sold by Renault. This car is also known as Captur in the Indian market.
In case you are unaware of the partnership between Renault and Nissan, It goes without saying that the Renault Kidger will share a lot with the Magnite,it’s close cousin, with the first similarity being that of a similar platform and the powertrain line-up. Also,the feature list is expected to be carried over quite extensively. One can also expect to see some premium features like wireless Apple Carplay as well as Android Auto, wireless charging, a sunroof and an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
The Kiger will be based on the CMFA+ platform that underpins other cars such as the Triber and the Magnite. It will share its major components, including the engine and transmission options, with the Nissan Magnite. However, it will have a completely different design language, possibly a funkier and modern look. For some safety based context, the made-in-India Magnite scored 4-stars in the ASEAN NCAP crash tests and we can expect a similar result for the Kiger, which is a sign of a Safer India.
The Kiger will be a petrol-only offering, as diesel engines are being phased out as a result of the rather stringent BS-6 Norms. It will get a naturally aspirated three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol and a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine. The 1.0-litre petrol will be rated at 72PS and 96Nm, while the turbo engine will produce 100PS and up to 160Nm. The Transmission options will include a 5-speed manual and a CVT exclusively for the turbo engine.
Prices for the Kiger is expected to be beginning at Rs 5 lakh and go up to Rs 9 lakhs. Some rivals of the car include Tata’s Nexon, Mahindra’s XUV 300 and the Kia Sonet. If the sales of the Magnite are any indication, this car might be another success in the making.