Known mostly as the Renault HBC so far, the upcoming Nissan Magnite and Kia Sonet adversary will likely launch as the Renault Kiger
Renault India is all set to introduce the much-awaited sub-four-metre SUV in India today. Just a day before, the French automaker dropped a teaser video for the new model. Codenamed the HBC, the upcoming sub-compact-SUVfrom Renault is likely to be christened Kiger.
For the uninitiated, the all-new Renault HBC will be the company’s smallest SUV offering in the Indian space. It will be developed upon the CMF-A+ modular platform that also underpins the Renault Triber and the upcoming Nissan Magnite. Other than sharing the same underpinnings, the Renault Kiger will share the same set of engines – gearbox options with the Magnite.
We get the first glimpse of the new Renault car based on the concept model showcased at the Auto Expo 2020. Also, spy shots and teasers have given us a brief idea of how the production-spec model would look like. The upcoming Renault Kiger will stay in line with the brand’s signature design, thereby sharing a lot of things in common with its bigger siblings. The new compact SUV will feature a wing-like grille with chrome accents, split headlamps setup with LED DRLs upfront along with the prominent C-pillar, raked rear windscreen and C-shaped taillights at the rear. The all-new Renault Kiger will get a high-riding stance with SUV-styled look.
The interior of the Renault Kiger will bear a striking similarity with the Triber, barring for some certain features to keep it fresh. There will be a floating type touchscreen infotainment system onboard, along with a freshly-styled centre console and air vents. The steering wheel, instrument cluster and buttons are similar to those of the Triber. To keep it competitive enough in the highly-contested sub-4m SUVs segment, Renault will equip the Kiger with a lot of comfort and convenience features such as Keyless Entry and Go, engine start/stop push-button, climate control, multifunctional steering, a massive infotainment touchscreen with smartphone connectivity and many others. Just like the Nissan Magnite, the Renault Kiger will come with a 360-degree camera view and a sunroof.
Powering the Renault Kiger will be a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol engine and a turbocharged unit. While the naturally-aspirated engine can produce 72 BHP of max power and 96 Nm of peak torque, the turbocharged engine can develop 99 BHP/ 160 Nm of torque. Transmission choices include a 5-speed MT and a CVT option for the turbocharged version. The launch of the Renault Kiger is likely to take place around the first quarter of 2021. Once launched, the Renault Kiger will directly stack up against the likes of Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet, Maruti Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300 and more.