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The Renault Kiger compact-SUV has been spotted testing on streets of Chennai ahead of its launch in India. The French automaker is expected to launch the upcoming compact-SUV sometime during early 2021.
The spy images from Rushlane reveals a heavily camouflaged mule testing alongside the Triber compact-MPV in the brand's line-up. Although not many details have been revealed from images, we can notice the roof rails, split headlamps, and the brand's signature grille design; among others. The test mule is also using steel wheels, which could only be there for testing purpose.
The company has not revealed many details about the upcoming Kiger compact-SUV. However, we do know that the compact-SUV is internally referred to as HBC, and the ‘Kiger' moniker not be the final name of the SUV.
The Kiger SUV will be based on the CMF-A+ platform that currently underpins the Triber compact-MPV from the brand's line-up. We can also see from the spy images the Kiger will feature a tall-riding for SUV stance. As a result, the compact-SUV is expected to offer a good amount of cabin space, that can comfortably seat five.
It is also expected to feature a rugged design with large wheel arches, bold crease lines and a floating-roof design. It is also expected to feature large chunky wheels, with diamond-cut dual-tone alloy wheels.
On the inside, Renault is expected to pack the Kiger with a host of features that offers enhanced connectivity and convenience. These include a multifunction steering wheel with mounted controls, climate control system, a fully-digital instrument cluster, and a large screen for the infotainment system that supports Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and the brand's connected technology as well. It is also expected to come equipped with a factory-fitted sunroof.
The Kiger compact-SUV is expected to be powered by two 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol engines. The lower-spec naturally aspirated engine will be borrowed from the Renault Triber MPV. The engine on the Triber produces 71bhp and 96Nm of torque and comes mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, with an optional AMT.
However, the highlight of the Kiger is expected by the inclusion of a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine. Codenamed ‘HR10' the 1.0-litre engine is expected to produce around 95bhp. The turbo-petrol motor could come mated to either a five-speed manual gearbox, or a CVT automatic transmission. This set up is also expected to make it to the Triber at a later date.
Once launched, the Renault Kiger will rival the Hyundai Venue, the Tata Nexon, the Ford EcoSport and the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza in the Indian market. However, its biggest competition will be the upcoming compact-SUV from Nissan called the Magnite. Both the Kiger and the Magnite will share most of its components between them. The Nissan Magnite is expected to be launched in India around the same time as the Kiger SUV.
Thoughts About The Renault Kiger Spotted Testing Ahead Of Its India Launch
The Renault Kiger is expected to come packed with the latest features, technology and multiple powertrain options. The compact-SUV segment is hotting up with more models getting added and the existing ones getting updated with enhanced features. Like most manufacturers, Renault has also resumed its operations and testing phase after the nation-wide lockdown has been eased at select cities across the country.