Renault has debuted its much-awaited compact SUV, the Kiger in India, before anywhere else. This shows the India-first approach of the brand. Kiger belongs to the extremely competitive compact SUV segment in India, which is also the most popular and fastest-growing segment. Renault takes advantage of the CMFA+ platform on which even the Triber is based to maximize the interior space in the Kiger. This gives it an edge over the rivals. This platform lends itself very well to design a car that can incorporate modern features along with using the dimensions of the cars to its advantage. The Kiger is inspired by the show-car showcased at the end of 2020 and has finally arrived in flesh. Let us take a look at what it has to offer.
2021 Renault Kiger – Exterior and Dimensions
The front end of the Kiger looks like a bigger version of the Kwid, with two honeycomb-shaped chrome effects running across the front grille and LED DRLs placed on the bonnet. The LED headlamp cluster is placed down below o the bumper, which is encased in the chrome unit. Along with this, the sporty front bumper with skid plates gives it a tall and muscular stance. The sides are accentuated by the 16-inch black diamond-cut finished alloys, wheel arch cladding with roofrails and dual-tone roof. When we move to the rear, we are greeted by the LED tail lamp unit with glossy black inserts, which make the look very modern indeed. The high ground clearance makes it look very sturdy and almost eager to go off-road.
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2021 Renault Kiger – Interior and Features
The interiors revolve around the 8-inch Digital Infotainment Touchscreen with wireless smartphone replication for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with Voice Recognition, USB and Bluetooth connectivity for seamless pairing of smartphones to use the driving and multimedia apps. Through the MULTI-SENSE setup, the drive can choose from various driving modes according to the conditions, like Normal, Eco and Sports mode. All this information is available to the driver via a 7-inch TFT Digital Instrument Cluster. Then there is the Auditorium 3D Sound system with 8 speakers, Ambient Lighting, Hands-free smart access card, Automatic Climate Control, Air Filter and much more.
On the safety front, the Kiger comes equipped with dual-front airbags as well as two side airbags, Radar Sensors and Reverse Parking Camera, front seats get seat belt reminder alert, ABS with EBD, Three-point seatbelts for front and rear passengers (rear centre passenger gets a two-point seatbelt).
2021 Renault Kiger – Engines and Rivals
The Renault Kiger comes with two petrol engine options including a 1.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol making 72PS and 96Nm and a more powerful 1.0-litre turbo petrol making 100PS and 160Nm. The transmission options on offer are a 5-speed manual, 5-speed Clutchless automatic or a CVT. The CVT will be available at a later stage after the official launch of the Kiger. With so many engines and transmission combinations, there is a suitable option for everyone. Since the Kiger belongs to the most competitive segment in the country, the rivals include Hyundai Venue, Mahindra XUV300, Tata Nexon, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Kia Sonet. This will be an incredible challenge for Renault to overcome but it believes in disruptive innovation. That is exactly how it looks like.