Renault India has released a teaser video. The clip shows glimpses of what we believe will be the upcoming sub-compact SUV from Renault. A test mule was spotted earlier with a front grille design similar to what we have seen on recent Renault SUVs. The model was expected to be revealed at the 2020 Auto Expo, but it was not to be. The teaser video released by Renault now shows the glimpse of the headlamp design, muscular shoulder line and a sporty roof spoiler. However, the vehicle seems to be a concept study. The model would be a sibling to the Nissan Magnite SUV which would be launched in India very soon. Like the Nissan Magnite, Renault is also likely to showcase a concept vehicle, which would be followed by the final production version.
The government trademarks website confirms that Renault recently wordmarked the term “Kiger”. It suggests that the model could be called the Renault Kiger. The model will be a sub-compact SUV which will rival the likes of the Kia Sonet, Hyundai Venue, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Toyota Urban Cruiser, Ford EcoSport, Mahindra XUV 300, Tata Nexon and its upcoming sibling — the Nissan Magnite. This makes it the most competitive segment in India with the number of competitors involved.
Renault India has not revealed any details about the vehicle, or the date when the model will be revealed, or even when the concept will be unveiled. However, the model is likely to be built on the same platform as the Nissan Magnite. Additionally, the engine line-up will also be similar to the Magnite. There will be a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine, borrowed from the Renault Triber. Additionally, there will be a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder turbo petrol, good for 99hp as well. This engine would be offered with a manual transmission and the option of a CVT automatic. The model is expected to go on sale in sometime early 2021.
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