PARIS -- Renault will boost its lineup in India with the Kiger, a small SUV based on the same platform as the seven-seat Triber crossover.
Renault on Wednesday released images of a “show car” version of the Kiger, which will compete against SUVs from market leader Maruti Suzuki, Mahindra, Hyundai/Kia and Toyota in the lucrative segment.
According to Renault, small cars represent 51 percent of the India passenger vehicle market. The Kiger will be less than 4,000 mm long, taking advantage of Indian regulations that give tax benefits to cars under that size limit and with gasoline engines of 1.2 liters or smaller, or diesels of 1.5 liters or smaller.
The Kiger represents a step upmarket for Renault in India, where the brand currently offers the Duster small SUV, the Kwid minicar and the Triber.
It is based on the Renault-Nissan Alliance CMF A-Plus platform. A Nissan version, launching this autumn, with a different grille and other styling cues, will be called the Magnite.