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Renault recently unveiled its sub-compact SUV which will be entering the segment against prominent players like Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet, Maruti Suzuki Brezza, Tata Nexon and its own cousin, Nissan Magnite. The car is being produced at the company's Chennai plant.

The Renault Kiger pricing is expected to be unveiled early next month. The company has also confirmed that the car dispatch to over 500 dealerships have begun, according to a report by HT Auto. Renault also plans to sell the new Kiger internationally in a second phase.

In terms of aesthetics, the front fascia of the SUV gets split LED headlamps with the DRLs on top. The tail-light gets a c-shaped LED to accentuate the width of the car. The car will get 16-inch alloys or steel wheels depending on the variant. The wheels sit under flared wheel-arches which gives the car an SUV stance.

In terms of features on the interior, Renault Kiger gets an 8-inch touch screen compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, with Bluetooth and WIFI connection. The Renault Kiger gets ‘Multi-sense’ settings that will allow the driver to choose different driving modes, a sound setup by Arkamys audio system and a rearview camera with guidance lines for parking. Adding to the modernness of the cabin is a 7-inch digital instrument console for all the vital information to be displayed to the driver.

In terms of powertrain options, the new Kiger will get an offering similar to the Nissan Magnite. The buyer will have an option to either purchase a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine or a 1.0-litre three-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine. The turbocharged variant will be able to produce 98bhp of power and 160Nm of peak torque, whereas the naturally aspirated engine will put out a just 71bhp of power along with 96Nm of peak torque. Apart from 5-speed manual transmission, the company will also offer both AMT and CVT variants for buyers looking for automatic transmission. The inclusion of AMT is expected to lower the price of automatic variants.

The car is expected to hit Indian roads within the first half of the year. The pricing is expected to be similar, if not more aggressive compared to the Nissan Magnite. The Magnite starts at price slightly above 5.50 lakh and Renault may set a similar entry price for the Kiger.

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