Thursday, 28 October 2021
The much-awaited Renault Kiger sub-4 meter SUV has finally been launched in SA.
The new Renault Kiger is priced between R199,900 - R289,900. It is positioned against the likes of the Tata Nexon, Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet and others in the segment. This is Renault’s first sub-4 meter SUV in India. It will be produced at the Renault-Nissan alliance’s manufacturing plant in Oragadam near Chennai. In fact, Nissan’s sub-4 meter SUV – the Magnite is also produced at the same unit. In this article, we bring you a comparison between the Renault Kiger and the Nissan Magnite.
The new Kiger and the Magnite are designed and developed on the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s CMF-A modular platform, which was first introduced in the Triber MPV. It is the same platform that underpins the Kwid; however, the Renault-Nissan alliance has tweaked the platform to make it stronger.
Not just platform, Renault Kiger also shares the engine and gearbox options with the Magnite. The SUVs are available with two engine options – a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol and a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol. While the former is good for 72bhp and 96Nm of torque, the turbocharged engine churns out 99bhp and 160Nm of torque. A 5-speed manual gearbox driving the power to the front wheels come as standard, while a CVT automatic is offered as optional with a turbo engine. The torque drops to 152Nm when paired to a CVT unit.
The only difference is that the Renault Kiger 1.0L version also gets an AMT (Automated Manual Transmission), which is not available with the Nissan Magnite.
DIFFERENT DESIGN AND INTERIOR
The Renault Kiger and the Nissan Magnite are based on the same platform; however, these two SUVs look completely different from each other. The Kiger looks like a bigger Kwid with aggressive design elements. It comes with a more crossover-ish design, while the Magnite has a more rugged boxy design.
The Renault Kiger comes equipped with a signature winged grille with two horizontal slats and split headlamp set-up with LED DRLs on top and a main headlight placed lower down the bumper. Other styling elements include squared-off wheel arches, dual-tone bumper, black plastic cladding and split tail-lamps. It comes with sloping rear glass, roof-integrated spoiler and uniquely styled C-pillar.
The Nissan Magnite was earlier planned under the Datsun nameplate, which is evident from its front grille. It has Datsun’s grille with chrome surround, sharp headlamps, L-shaped LEDs, aggressive lower bumper with fog lamp housing, faux-skid plate and sculpted bumper. Other design highlights include squared-off wheel arches, roof-integrated spoiler, wrap-around tail-lamps and dual-tone lower bumper.
Kiger Interior – The Kiger comes with an all-new cabin inspired by bigger Renault SUVs. It gets a new dashboard and central console, a floating 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a digital instrument console, automatic AC, dual glove box, cruise control, around view monitor, etc. The SUV is claimed to offer an impressive boot space of 405-litres. The SUV also gets an air purifier. It gets a 3D sound system by Arkamys with 8 speakers. The system also automatically adjusts the sound volume according to the speed of the vehicle at higher trim levels.
Magnite Interior- The Magnite has a dual-tone black and grey interior scheme with silver treatment. It gets a freestanding touchscreen infotainment system, digital instrument console, leather-wrapped steering wheel, gear lever and handbrake, multi-functional steering wheel, cruise control and air purifier. The top-end variant gets high-end JBL speakers. The SUV also gets a 360-degree camera.
In terms of proportions, the new Kiger is 3,991mm long, 1,750mm wide and 1,600mm tall, and has a wheelbase of 2,500mm. It is 3mm shorter, and 8mm less wide compared to the Magnite; however, the height of the Kiger is 28mm higher than the Magnite. The SUV offers a boot space of 405-litres, which is segment-leading. This is 69-litres higher than the Magnite’s boot space.
For more information on Renault’s latest vehicles - simply visit the Group 1 Renault website and blog!
Original article source: https://www.indiacarnews.com/
Thursday, 16 September 2021
Looking for a chilled drive on a shoestring? We discuss the cheapest automatic Renault car available in South Africa.
Renault Kwid 1.0 Expression Automatic / Dynamique / Climber
- Safety: Driver and passenger airbag, ABS
- Interior: 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth and USB support
- Space: Boot space measures 279 litres
- Service and warranty: 5-year/150 000km warranty
- Pricing from R181,900 or R2,199pm*
Sunday, 29 August 2021
The worldwide chip shortage has delayed the planned 2021 introduction of the new Renault Captur SUV and Clio hatchback in SA, with the vehicles only likely to arrive next year.
Renault’s new Kiger compact crossover is still on track to go on sale here in September to replace the Sandero, while the French brand will also introduce facelifted Triber, Koleos and Duster range in 2021. The seven-seater Triber, which was launched in early 2020 with a normally-aspirated 1.0l engine, will also soon offer the option of a more powerful turbocharged unit.
In future, Renault SA plans to launch the new Arkana compact SUV-coupé while the Megane will be phased out due to dwindling demand for C-segment hatchbacks. The Renault Alaskan one-ton bakkie is scheduled for a local launch late in 2022.
In announcing the new model plans at a media briefing in Johannesburg last week, Jaco Oosthuizen, MD of Renault SA, also spoke about the brand’s new global transformation strategy called “Renaulution”.
Recently revealed by the new CEO of Groupe Renault, Luca de Meo, the strategy will see a focus on brand-building and profitability across the board, through a brand shift from driving volumes to creating brand value.
Oosthuizen called it a profound transformation from the aggressive expansion plan pursued by Carlos Ghosn, the former boss of the Renault-Nissan alliance who has turned fugitive.
There will be greater emphasis on building the individual brands within the Renault Group, as well as strengthening the various facets of the business by addressing inefficiencies.
De Meo also said Renault’s brand has been diluted, so it will need to cut back on the number of products within different ranges by about 30% and could also raise prices for its small passenger cars, or C-segment, by 25%-30%.
About 80% of the group volume will be on three alliance platforms, with engines rationalised from eight to four core families.
De Meo, who took over as Renault CEO in July 2020, said generating cash and restoring profitability was an immediate priority. Renault last year announced plans to cut about 15,000 jobs, shrink production and restructure French plants in a bid to save €2bn.
Renault’s new strategy is accompanied by a new visual identity, with a redesigned logo that lacks the Renault wordmark.
Locally, Renault SA is no longer a joint venture with Renault France. On April 23 2021 the local distributor became a 100% subsidiary of Motus Holdings after the latter bought the remaining 40% stake from the global group.
Check out the current Renault range and stay up to date with new vehicle launches on the Group 1 Renault website.
Article from https://www.timeslive.co.za/motoring/
Thursday, 1 July 2021
Never out of demand or in the spotlight as far as La Régie is concerned, it continued to surprise when the TechRoad derivative, fitted with the six-speed EDC gearbox and 1.5 dCi turbodiesel engine, arrived for the weeklong stay last year. Practical, well-kitted out and even trouncing Renault’s claimed fuel consumption figure, it rated, here it comes, as a hard to beat package.
It was therefore an unexpected and very confusing surprise when a glistening white Duster TechRoad arrived for a second seven-day stay, as nothing, at first glance, had seemingly changed on the outside or the inside. In fact, it was initially thought that the flagship Prestige model had been dropped off as the notion of it being the four-wheel-drive Dynamique soon disappeared as evident by the lack of 4WD badges on the front wings and the presence of the EDC box as opposed to the six-speed manual.
On quicker inspection, it was established that the only changes had been the removal of the TechRoad decals from the wings and a switch from red to blue wheel caps with the interior inserts on the cloth seats also being blue instead of red, the same applying to the detailing on the air vents and the Duster embroidered seatbacks.
Contrasted much better by the satin silver front skid plate, roof rails and the 17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels than its Dune Beige coloured ‘predecessor’, the exterior still outshines the interior.
Arguably the Duster’s biggest black mark, the cabin is otherwise spacious with excellent rear head-and-legroom, the basic but still user-friendly seven-inch MediaNav touchscreen infotainment system and a capacious boot that measures between 478-1 623-litres. Aside from the colour, Renault has opted to keep the TechRoad’s specification and safety sheet unchanged.
As already mentioned, the TechRoad’s continued standout is its drivetrain. Producing 80kW/250Nm, the engine, once past the initial turbo-lag stage, shrugs the 1,276 kg kerb weight off with ease by pulling strong from low down in the rev-range while being matched perfectly to the smooth-shifting dual-clutch box. However, the combination didn’t manage to match the fuel consumption of last year which came to a best of 5.2 L/100 km as opposed to 4.7 L/100 km, which in any book still rates as mind-blowing after 592 km, seven days and with an indicated distance-to-empty of 550 km.
As small as the changes have been, it has not compromised the Duster in any way as it still rated as all the small SUV you will always need.
Renault’s are notoriously reliable and choosing to buy a used Duster is an extraordinarily good idea, because you can find a great quality Renault Duster at Group 1 Renault at a great price!
Article from https://wheelwonderings.postach.io/post/renault-duster-techroad-features-discussed
Friday, 25 June 2021
After being parked for nearly two months, the Renault Triber finally went back to work with full force in the last month. Since it’s the only small big car in our long-term fleet, it’s our camera team’s first choice for a tracking vehicle or for transporting people and equipment. Not to mention, with the Triber’s seven-seat layout, we all can also maintain social distance inside the vehicle.
However, with full camera equipment and three heavy-weight people onboard, the Triber does struggle to gain momentum, especially with the aircon on full blast. However, once you get up to 50-60km/h, it doesn’t feel as ‘powerless’. So, the key is to thrash the motor in each gear and get up to speed really quickly. But this comes at the expense of fuel economy. However, more importantly, this aggressive driving style has affected my 'Eco Scoring’ (shows on the touchscreen) adversely, as my score now stands at 74 / 100. Plus, it’s given me a mediocre 3-star rating in the 'Gear shift’ category. On the upside, in 'Acceleration’, I have scored a 4, and I got a full 5 stars in 'Anticipation’. So, overall, I am happy that I haven’t completely gone down in the Triber’s estimation.
Test drive the Renault Triber yourself at any Group 1 Renault dealership!
Article sourced from https://www.autox.com/long-term-reports
Read these customer reviews if you’re in the market for a new or used Renault Captur for sale to get a real idea of whether it’s the car for you.
The car was chosen with some trepidation, but the Renault Captur has proved to be very good in all the major areas. The provision of a covered lower boot area has proved ideal for storing all the basic mechanical and safety equipment needed - keeps it out of sight and secure. Performance is good and has consistently supplied high 4.7l/ 100km and low 3.9l/ 100km.
I am very pleased with the performance and level of comfort in my Captur it comes with a few handy bells and whistles which have helped improve my driving economy.
Lovely car, lots of room, cheap to run & no road tax to pay. Nice looking car too! We went for an ivory & black roof which was very smart and received loads of compliments.
Changed from a sports crossover to this vehicle to give more leg room in the rear without compromising height off the road and to accommodate a partner not enjoying driving a big vehicle. Surprisingly pleased with the comfort, facilities, performance and economy. However, although I have owned 4 previous Renault vehicles, I have not had this one long enough to comment on the reliability.
Reliable with likable performance and features - the Captur for sale could be your next new ride.. If you dare - visit Group 1 Renault today!
Article from https://devotedtorenaultautomobiles.weebly.com/blog/renault-captur-customer-reviews
Saturday, 15 May 2021
When Renault initially launched the Kwid, it was not expected to be as successful as it was and continues to be. Renault sells an average of 770 Kwids a month making it the 4th most popular passenger car in South Africa. Just a head of it is the Toyota Fortuner, the Volkswagen Polo and of course, taking the number one spot, is the Polo Vivo. 60% of Kwid owners are first-time car buyers and most of them are women between the age of 25-35 years.
The popularity came as surprise to many of us due to the fact that it was deemed a rather unsafe car. But it was no surprise when one looked at the price and what you got for that price. But Renault has now launched its updated Kwid and I am glad to say they have corrected some of the issues many of us had with the Kwid.
The size has not changed in any way, but Renault claims the new rear axle and wheels improves road holding and therefore safety. I can’t say I felt much of a difference from the outgoing model, it is still a little wobbly on the road, but at least ABS, EBD and two airbags are standard across the range. There is also a seatbelt reminder for driver and passenger.
The engine is unchanged and remains the 1.0-litre Smart Control efficiency (SCe) engine which claims fuel consumption of 4.7l/100 km on the manual and 4.4l/100 km on the automatic.
It has a completely new design which is SUV-inspired and I have to say that I think it looks much better than the previous model. It even has a best-in-class ground clearance of 180 mm which makes ramping those pavements somewhat easier. It sports a new front facia which means a new bumper and a grille with chrome inserts. It boasts integrated headlamps as well as LED floating strips and LED taillights. The Kwid rides on 14-inch wheels.
Where the Renault Kwid features are really where the Kwid shines. When looking at the list, it is easy to forget that this is, in fact, a budget car. The three Renault Kwid trim levels available at Group 1 Renault are the Expression, Dynamique and Climber. I would opt for the Dynamique or Climber because the standard spec is impressive on these models. Some of the highlights are all-around electric windows, air conditioning, rear park sensors, a rear camera, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and a fast-charge USB port.
But probably one of the most appealing things about the Renault Kwid is that it comes standard with a 1-year Comprehensive Insurance Cover, a 2-Year Service Plan, and a 5-year/150 000km mechanical warranty and a 6-year anti-corrosion warranty. Services take place at 15 000km intervals.
There is no denying this car is great value for money. If you’ve always had to rely on public transport, this car is a sure way to get into the car-buying market without having to break the bank.
NEW Renault KWID Expression 1.0-litre SCe R 157 900
NEW Renault KWID Expression AMT 1.0-litre SCe R 172 900
NEW Renault KWID Dynamique 1.0-litre SCe R 171 900
NEW Renault KWID Dynamique AMT 1.0-litre SCe R 181 900
NEW Renault KWID CLIMBER 1.0-litre SCe R 182 900
NEW Renault KWID CLIMBER AMT 1.0-litre SCe R 192 900
Article from https://bonjourrenault.wordpress.com/2021/05/15/the-renault-kwid-discussed-by-a-woman/
Thursday, 13 May 2021
Covid and quarantine delayed the international launch of Renault’s new hybrid line-up, as they have most things this year.
So rather than test eco-friendly versions of Renault Clio and Captur on marble-smooth roads somewhere sunny, Renault was forced to send them to Buckinghamshire, UK.
This is good because their lumpy, cheese-grater roads immediately show up any chassis weaknesses.
Now let’s start with Clio.
What a gem Renault’s Clio is. I’ve said it before but Clio has matured over the last 30 years like a fine wine in a French chateau.
Superb ride-quality, fizzy engines, low driving position and a plush, soft-touch cabin crowned by an upended iPad that warns of speed cameras and flags up fuel prices.
It’s almost as though this car was engineered by an actual person who leads an actual life.
The new E-Tech hybrid is the cherry on top.
The 1.6-litre petrol/electric combo gives you extremely good performance and economy — 140hp and 100km/h — and because the battery charges itself on the move, there’s no faffing about with a plug.
It’s the smoothest transition towards our electric future.
Clio starts in electric, reverses in electric and has a B-mode for stronger regenerative braking. This also means you can drive using only the throttle pedal if you’re good enough at anticipating traffic flow.Why Renault no longer sells Clio by the boatload in the UK baffles me. I’ll just consider us lucky to still have the petrol Renault Clio range at Group 1 Renault in South Africa.
Monday, 15 February 2021