• Renault's new Kiger has debuted in South Africa.
• Priced from R199 900, the Kiger is powered by the same engine as the popular Kwid.
• The Kiger range is available with three trim levels.
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The new Renault Kiger has officially been launched in South Africa, offering prospective customers an expanded choice in the Kwid family. The Kiger is the third model in the family, joining the aforementioned Kwid and sever-seat Triber.
Unveiled in the closing stages of 2020, the Kiger boasts a 2 500mm long wheelbase and 16-inch black diamond-cut alloy wheels. Ground clearance is a good 205mm, with the SUV-ness supported by the black wheel arches. Renault claims a boot space of 405 litres.
Six exterior colours - Cool White, Planet Grey, Moonlight Grey, Mahogany Brown, Caspian Blue, and Radiant Red - are on offer with the LED daytime running lights, front grille with a 3D graphic finish, and aluminium finish skid plate. The roof rail bars have a 50kg load capacity.
Room for five occupants
The Kiger boasts impressive readings to suggest that it can comfortably seat five passengers. According to Renault, there are 710mm of space between the front and rear seats, gifting second-row passengers 222mm and 1 413mm of leg- and elbow room, respectively. And while boot space should be adequate, it can be increased to 879L with the rear bench folded down.
The cabin is further bolstered by storage compartments totalling 29L. These include four 1.0-litre water bottle holders, 7.5L in the central armrest, and 10.5L in the glove compartment. The upper and lower glove box capacity totals 14.9L.
The higher centre console features an 8.0-inch floating touchscreen with wireless smartphone replication for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The multimedia system also allows users to select five permanent shortcuts for faster access to apps and features. Renault says that the system offers voice recognition through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and Bluetooth connectivity that can pair up to five devices, a USB socket for faster charging, and a built-in MP4 video player.
Range and pricing
• Kiger Life 1.0L: R199 900
• Kiger Zen 1.0L: R214 900
• Kiger Zen 1.0L AMT: R224 900
• Kiger Zen 1.0L Turbo: R249 900
• Kiger Intens 1.0L Turbo: R269 900
• Kiger Intens 1.0L Turbo CVT: R289 900
The turbocharged Kiger models are covered by a three-year or 45 000km service plan, while the non-turbo models come standard with a two-year or 30 000km service plan. A five-year or 150 000km mechanical warranty and a six-year anticorrosion warranty are also included.
One engine in two states of tune power the Kiger range. In its naturally aspirated guise, the 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine produces 52kW and 96Nm, while power increases to 74kW and 160Nm in turbocharged trim. Renault claims a fuel return of 5.0-litres/100km for the turbocharged unit. Three gearboxes channel power to the front wheels, the first being a five-speed manual 'box that is available with both engine choices. Renault's AMT (automated manual transmission) is available on the naturally aspirated engine, while an X-Tronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) is used in conjunction with the turbocharged unit.