Renault KIGER – the sporty sub compact SUV makes its debut in India

Groupe Renault globally premiered the Renault KIGER in India. KIGER is a brand-new compact SUV designed and developed for India, before making its international debut. After the Duster, Kwid and Triber, KIGER adds strength to Renault’s portfolio in the Indian market.

Powered by a new turbocharged 1.0L petrol engine, KIGER is a sporty drive complemented by multi sense drive modes. Equipped for travel in the urban jungle, it is designed for the outdoors and has a distinctive SUV look with a long wheelbase that enables great space and volume on board.

The KIGER design depicts a strong sporty personality with muscular elements, and a smart cabin that combines technology, functionality and roominess. With its distinct, athletic design bursting with energy, KIGER combines urban modernity with agility. The muscular bodywork exudes sturdiness and dynamism, urging you to escape the urban jungle and experience a new kind of driving.

The sculpted bonnet enhances the car’s personality at the front. The wings boost the design with pronounced shoulder lines, while the black sills and wheel arches provide further protection. The high ground clearance (205 mm) and functional roof bars heighten the vehicle’s silhouette and complete its bold SUV look.

At higher trim levels, the KIGER’S 40.64 cm alloy wheels have a black diamond-cut finish. The protective wheel arch cladding makes the bodywork look bolder and sturdier. The 2,500 mm long wheelbase offers increased stability on any type of road while optimising internal space. It also has a boot volume of 405 ltrs. that is unrivalled in the segment.

The top of the KIGER boasts a dynamic silhouette with sleek and taut lines, in contrast with the more muscular and solid lower part. The slender windscreen extends into a floating roof that runs down to a steep-sloping rear window, giving it a coupé-style SUV look. The aerodynamic spoiler with cut-outs featured on the roof drop is topped by a shark fin antenna.

Renault designers have equipped the KIGER with several features to give it a sporty look. The front grille’s 3D graphic finish with honeycomb-shaped chromed effects is a perfect example, while the aluminium finish skid plate further enhances the rear bumper. The boot door’s sloping and sporty rear window, finished off with the integrated spoiler, once again highlights KIGER’S aerodynamic silhouette.

The upper strip formed by the front grille and the LED daytime running lights positioned at both ends give the car an elevated stance. The highly recognisable lower part divides the bumper into two areas, each large corner featuring three LED headlights separately encased in a chrome octagonal unit with PURE VISION and a chrome reflector. This split-design contrasts with the bodywork and gives a strong identity with modernity and sophistication.

All-new LED taillights with glossy black inserts are featured at each end of the bodywork and extend out over the wings, providing a distinct unique personality.

The KIGER comes in six body colours: Ice Cool White, Planet Grey, Moonlight Grey, Mahogany Brown, Caspian Blue, Radiant Red with Mystery Black Roof. All trim-levels include a two-tone option. Radiant Red which is an exclusive colour will only be available as a top variant under two-tone colour scheme.

KIGER interiors combine technology, functionality and roominess. At just under four metres, the vehicle falls into the compact SUV category, yet it offers segment leading roominess, cabin storage and cargo space. The interior has been designed to perfectly combine the sturdiness of an SUV with a focus on sophistication and technology.  With a high centre console, 20.32 cm floating display link and wireless smart phone replication, KIGER interiors have been specially designed to encourage sharing and convenience. The chiselled curves give the impression of a floating cockpit, accentuated by piano-style control dials, suspended air conditioning controls and a pedestal that is easily accessible from the centre console. The console features a 20.32 cm floating touch screen, giving the passenger compartment a modern look, and so does a 17.78 cm Multi-Skin Reconfigurable TFT colour cluster.

The KIGER provides record levels of roominess with space onboard. At the front, it offers a 710-mm Couple Distance between seats – the best in its segment. At the rear, it provides best in segment second row legroom (222 mm) and elbow room (1431 mm). The seat height provides a commanding driving position accentuating driving comfort.

There are a host of clever storage compartments for a total onboard capacity of 29L including four 1L water bottle holders and 2 cup holders. The central armrest hides a 7.5 litre storage space while the glove compartment has an unprecedented volume of 10.5 litres. Smart solutions like these allow multi-level access organised with the needs of passengers in mind.

At higher trim levels, KIGER offers MULTI-SENSE settings to select different driving modes. Engine mapping, gear changes (for automatic transmissions), the responsive steering column and the digital speedometer are reset when changing driving modes, for an optimum driving experience.

• Multi-Skin 17.78 cm Reconfigurable TFT cluster changes its colour and widget configuration according to the mode selected, displaying useful information relevant to selected driving mode:

• Normal mode: Provides an optimum driving parameter of the engine apt for city driving conditions. It also provides handy information like real-time & average fuel consumption in blue tones.

• Eco mode: Provides a drive which is inclined towards economic driving practices. Changing the overall appearance of the TFT into green, the indicators, like an animated leaf provides real time feedback to maximize economic driving.

• Sports Mode: Provides a driving environment which is fun and sporty, with crisper engine response and faster shifting. The overall TFT screen appearance turns red with quick information of acceleration gauge, torque and power ratios.

The KIGER is equipped with the Auditorium 3D Sound system by Arkamys, with a technology that diffuses 3D sound tailor-made to suit the materials and shape of the passenger compartment. There are eight onboard speakers (four boomers, four tweeters). The system also automatically adjusts sound volume according to the speed of the vehicle at higher trim levels. The system can be activated and adjusted on demand to ensure the best sound quality whatever the route.

With the modern hands-free card for everyday convenience, doors can be opened and closed automatically, and the engine started without a key. The sensors in the card allow drivers to lock and unlock the doors without having to take the card out of their pocket or press a button. They can also start the vehicle without having to insert the card. The hands-free system also includes a door auto-lock function when drivers walk away from the vehicle.

The KIGER uses technology to ensure safety with radar sensors and a reverse camera with guiding lines. The driver can enjoy greater visibility and precision when reversing or manoeuvring for parking. The turning radius is 5.02 metres.

A feature available at higher trim levels is the white ambient lighting in the passenger compartment. It lights up the storage compartment at the front of the centre console and the back of the front door grip handles. Cockpit features back-lit steering wheel controls. These have a whole host of settings such as access to the onboard computer menu, speaker volume, phone and radio features and voice recognition. A first in segment PM2.5 Clean Air Filter fitted in to the ventilation system ensures good air quality inside the vehicle.

The three-cylinder turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol engine, with a power output of 100 Ps and a torque of 160 Nm offers the latest technological innovations featured on the Clio and the Captur in Europe. At 20 km/l, it has the best fuel economy of its category. The engine is paired with a five-speed manual gearbox. An X-TRONIC automatic continuously variable transmission will be available shortly after the KIGER’S commercial launch.

The ENERGY 1.0-litre 72 Ps and 96 Nm naturally aspirated engine is also available in the KIGER range, with either a five-speed manual or the EASY-R five-speed robotised gearbox AMT, which provides the comfort of clutch-less driving at affordable pricing. It features a manual mode that allows the driver to drive either in fully automatic or sequential mode. It ensures efficient engine starting, safe car-overtaking manoeuvres and the best possible driving pleasure, with an outstanding power-to-weight ratio and best in segment torque-to-weight ratio in the compact SUV segment.

On board, the two front seats and the two rear side seats are fitted with three-point seat belts, while the rear middle passenger seat features a two-point seatbelt. The two front airbags for the driver and front-seat passenger along with the two side airbags round out the safety suite. Both front seats get seat belt reminder alert for enhanced safety.

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