The Renault Kiger has received positive feedback from experts and car enthusiasts across the country since its launch earlier this year. The visual dynamism of the Kiger, the punch of its turbo-petrol engine, the space all around, and the smart technological features it comes with are among the features that appealed to car enthusiasts. It’s no surprise, then, that the Renault Kiger has soared to the top of the sales charts and completely transformed the compact SUV segment. The Kiger’s story, which follows in the footsteps of other Renault heroes such as the Duster, Kwid, and Triber, does not, however, end in India.
Expanding The Horizon
The Kiger was always going to be a world-beater and a fast-paced display of India’s world-class design and manufacturing capabilities. Developed jointly by Renault’s design teams in India and France and produced at the manufacturer’s facility in Oragadam, Chennai. Renault sent out not only the Kigers but also a message about India’s potential as an automobile export hub, when it started exporting to South Africa in early August.
The Kiger’s exports to South Africa and (earlier) Nepal, according to Venkatram Mamillapalle, Country CEO and Managing Director, Renault India, not only demonstrated the company’s “strong commitment to the Make in India mission,” but also “demonstrated the competence of India’s design, engineering, and world-class manufacturing capabilities.” According to Mamillapalle, South Africa is only the first step.
The Renault Kiger rides on the same CMFA+ platform as the Renault Triber. It comes with a naturally aspirated 1.0-litre engine that produces 72PS or a 1.0-litre turbocharged engine that produces 100PS. Both manual and automatic versions of the SUV are available (AMT or CVT). The Kiger’s cabin storage and cargo space, rear elbow width, turning radius, fuel efficiency, and higher ground clearance are all best-in-class features.
Renault’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Oragadam can produce 4.8 lakh vehicles per year. Every 1.5 minutes, a new car leaves the plant, and the company has its own water harvesting and recycling facility on the premises. Renault India has more than 500 sales and service locations across the country, including 200+ Workshop On Wheels locations with industry-leading sales and service quality.
Renault India, of course, isn’t just focused on traditional sales methods; it’s also pushed the boundaries in terms of digital initiatives. A good example is the Renault Kiger Virtual Studio. Customers can configure, accessorise, and book online using the state-of-the-art virtual studio, which allows 360-degree views of the car.