Renault Kiger Concept Looks Funky In These Detailed Photos
Colour changing paintwork, green indicators, off-roading tyres and plenty more to look at on the Renault concept SUV
The Renault sub-4m SUV was first expected to make its appearance at the 2020 Auto Expo since it had already been spied testing a few times. It was known by the codename HBC and then we got to know that it would likely be called the Kiger. But it is only now that we got our first look at what this new could actually look like. Renault only recently revealed the pre-production Kiger concept model and the carmaker stated that the final car would borrow 80 per cent of the styling cues from the show car. Let’s take a closer look at it to see what we can expect and what is unlikely to make it to production:
Renault’s design team made a special paint for the Kiger concept show car. It’s called Aurora Borealis, which changes between blue and purple hues depending on the angle and the lighting. The blacked-out floating roof design also lends it an air of sportiness.
The Kiger bears a strong resemblance to the Kwid. It has a sporty bumper with a front skid plate taking up the bottom section that bears the Renault lettering. The logo is positioned in the centre of the grille that also extends into the hood. It has green accents in the bumpers and around the logo. The Kiger concept also gets sleek outside rearview mirrors that offer a nice contrast to its overall chunky proportions.
It has a split headlamp design with tri-LED projectors housed in the bumper with an LED stip along the bonnet line. The Kiger show car gets green indicators with a distinct light signature.
The rear end of the Kiger concept is not as sporty as the front end design. Instead, it seems to have a sculpted shape with a tall rear bumper. The bumper integrates into the cladding and the rear skid plate which makes it look quite rugged. Like other Renault models, it bears its name on the tailgate under the logo.
The Kiger gets distinctive C-shaped tail lamps with a dual layer of lighting elements. The show car’s taillamps are split into parts around the sides which makes them look sportier. It also gets a roof integrated spoiler and a shark fin antenna.
An unexpected design element on the Kiger concept is the dual central exhaust system. There is also an extractor vent with a mesh cover built into the skid plate which gets a bright green surround.
Perhaps the most obvious design element of the Kiger show car that won’t make it to production is the wheels. It gets 19-inch gear-shaped alloys wearing grooved tyres typically seen in off-roaders although the Kiger will be mostly aimed at city use. With those wheels, the Kiger concept has a ground clearance of 210mm. The side profile also reveals the muscular curves between the front and rear wheels along with the green accents on the doors, disc brakes, centre locks and the side body mouldings.
The Kiger concept is also kitted with an interesting roof rack that features contrast green accents. While the final product is likely to be offered with functional roof rails, we can't help admire the funkiness of this design element. It also suggests that Renault won’t be offering a sunroof for its sub-4m SUV offering.
Renault is yet to showcase the interior of the Kiger concept or even tease the cabin of the final product but we expect it to be a feature-laden one. It will likely be equipped with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system in the centre of the dashboard and a digital driver’s display in the instrument cluster. Renault has also promised that the Kiger will boast of a spacious interior.
The Renault Kiger is expected to make its debut in India with a launch in early 2021. It will be getting the same petrol engine options as the Nissan Magnite: 1.0-litre and 1,0-litre turbocharged units. It could get the possible addition of an AMT option for the 1.0-litre petrol engine. The Kiger will take on the likes of the Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Mahindra XUV300 and Tata Nexon.
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