Renault Kiger hits production lines, sub-compact SUV set to challenge rivals
Renault Kiger is the next big-ticket offering in the extremely lucrative sub-compact SUV segment and the French car maker on Tuesday announced that mass production of the vehicle has commenced at its facility in Chennai.
Hitting production lines for the market is a key milestone for Kiger as Renault gears up to launch the vehicle in the early parts of March. The company has confirmed that dispatches to over 500 dealerships across the country have also commenced.
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Kiger had had a global unveiling at an event in New Delhi on January 28. It was confirmed during the unveiling that the SUV will get two engine options - 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine delivering 100 PS and 160 Nm, and 1.0 L petrol engine with an output of 72 PS and 96 Nm.
The transmission option will include a five-speed manual and a five-speed EASY-R AMT on the 1.0 L petrol engine, and five-speed manual and 5-speed X-TRONIC CVT on the 1.0-litre turbocharged unit.
The production version has similarities in terms of looks to the concept form of the car that was previously showcased. Kiger gets horizontally-stacked headlamps mounted over the front bumper and sleek LED DRLs which lend it a high bonnet effect. There is a bit of Kwid here as well, noticed most when looking at the signature front main grille.
The side profile of the car makes use of stylish alloys and there's black plastic cladding on the doors and wheel arches.
The roof comes in a dual-tone effect which is likely to be limited only to the higher-specs variants. Over the rear, the inverted C-shaped LED tail lamps look sharp and modern.
Renault currently has Kwid, Triber and Duster in its India product portfolio and expects Kiger to bolster sales volumes. "“After Duster, Kwid and Triber, we are now preparing for the launch of Renault Kiger, a modern SUV that is a perfect fit for the Indian market," Fabrice Cambolive, SVP, Renault Brand, Sales and Operations, had previously highlighted. "It combines the best Renault has to offer: our expertise in innovative cars with the creativity and in-depth knowledge of customer needs.