A preview of a new production SUV soon to be launched in India.
Expanding the rapidly growing crossover segment, Renault has revealed a concept car to preview the upcoming Kiger, joining three other small SUV offered by the marque in India; the Duster, Triber and Kwid. Specifically aimed towards the Indian market, the Kiger will supposedly measure under 4 metres in length, platform sharing with the upcoming Nissan Magnite and featuring the engine options from the two marques’ current offerings.
This would mean that the Kiger in its base variant will be available with a 1.0L naturally aspirated three-cylinder engine which produces 53kW (71hp) of power and 96Nm of torque.
Renault has also been working on a more powerful engine for Indian market Renaults, namely a 1.0L turbocharged triple already found in some Nissan models, producing 74kW (99hp) and 160Nm.
Both variants are likely to be mated to the choice of a five-speed manual or CVT.
As per usual, we don’t expect the production Kiger to look anything like the concept seen here, as the concept features bonnet-spanning LED headlights, a floating roof, airplane-esque wing mirrors and rugged six-spoke wheels; as well as a pearlescent colour palette and futuristic design.
The production variant will gain visual cues from the concept car, however most of the things listed above will unlikely make it to the end customer. That said, Renault did announce that the concept wasn’t too far from stretched from the reality, as Design Executive Laurens van den Acker stated “the creative association of French and Indian designers was the best way to meet the needs and expectations of a clientele increasingly fond of style, dynamism and novelty. As with Triber, we are once again demonstrating our ability to innovate, by offering a new model with a dual personality, both urban and outdoor. Kiger Show-car is very close to the future production model.”
We’d like to see an SUV like this concept hit international markets, perhaps with a more powerful engine and kitted with a low-range gearbox and locking differential for enthusiasts.
So if you’re reading this Renault – you heard us.