A heavily camouflaged pre-production test mule of the Renault Kiger subcompact SUV was captured on camera, showing a resemblance to the concept version.
New Renault Kiger subcompact SUV to launch in India in 2021
It was earlier this week that Renault India officially unveiled the concept model for its upcoming Kiger subcompact SUV. Dubbed HBC, the subcompact SUV is expected to go on sale in the country early next year. It will mark Renault’s entry into the competitive subcompact SUV segment, dominated by big players like Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Kia Sonet, Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon to name a few. The French automaker has confirmed that Kiger’s final design will remain 80% similar to the concept model. Now, a pre-production test mule has been captured on camera, showing a resemblance to the concept version.
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Judging by its appearance, the test mule in these spy photos appears to be a beefed-up version of the small Kwid car. Although the test vehicle is largely wrapped in camouflage, the design of the floating roof is quite evident as we saw on the concept version. It also gets a new pair of alloy rims, which are entirely different from what we’ve seen in previous spy photos. He is seen wearing a split headlight design with tri-LED headlamps positioned in the bumper. At the rear, the Kiger SUV receives a nicely sculpted trunk with black coating on the rear bumper, a steeper rear windshield, C-shaped LED taillights, a reverse light and a wiper. – rear window.
It will be Renault’s first subcompact SUV in India, and will be built on the same CMF-A + platform that currently underpins the Triber MPV company. It will be manufactured locally at the Renault-Nissan alliance plant in Oragadam, Tamil Nadu.
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The automaker has yet to reveal the mechanical details of the Kiger SUV. However, we expect the SUV to receive the new 1.0-liter turbo petrol engine that was shown at the 2020 auto show. This is the same unit that will also power the Nissan Magnite. It should also be equipped with a 1.0 liter gasoline engine. Expect to see manual and automatic transmission options on the SUV.
The Kiger will seek to establish itself in the highly competitive subcompact SUV space, which boasts of models like the Nissan Magnite, Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon and others.
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