Renault HBC (Kiger) And Nissan Magnite Spied Next To Each Other

Both models are based on the same platform and are likely to utilise the same engine options as well


  • Both models are likely to launch early next year.
  • HBC’s rear-end reveals LED tail lamps and a butch bumper design.
  • Magnite’s alloy wheel design looks similar to the concept.
  • Both models could be powered by 1.0-litre naturally aspirated and turbo-petrol engine options.
  • CVT could be limited to the turbo-petrol engine only.

Renault and Nissan will soon be present in the sub-4 metre SUV segment with the HBC and Magnite respectively. We had already seen the Magnite in its concept iteration while the Renault is yet to be revealed. Now a spy shot of both the SUVs being parked next to each other has surfaced online. 


Both the manufacturers have done a blooming good job differentiating the two SUVs despite them being based on the same platform. The Renault HBC has shed some of its camo and we could notice design elements such as the ‘C’-shaped LED tail lamps, the butch rear bumper and a sculpted tail gate. But, we must admit that it looks more like a blown-up Kwid


The Nissan Magnite, on the other hand, was draped with a heavy dose of camouflage. The only design element we could notice was the alloy wheels, which looks similar to the Magnite Concept. Spy shots of the Magnite’s front-end have surfaced online earlier and it looks similar to the concept model.  


The production-spec interior of both the models is yet to be seen. That said, Nissan had earlier revealed the Magnite’s interior design sketches and it looks simple yet funky. Have a closer look at it right here


Both SUVs should come with a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, climate control, cruise control, keyless entry with push button start, LED headlamps and digital instrumentation. On the safety front, expect multiple airbags, ABS with EBD, and rear parking sensors. Some of the Magnite’s confirmed features include a 360-degree camera and connected car technology. 


Both models are likely to be powered by two petrol engine options. Lower-spec variants could utilise the Triber’s 72PS 1.0-litre petrol engine while higher versions are likely to utilise a new 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine that develops around 100PS. Both engine options will be offered with a manual gearbox while automatic variants could be limited to the turbo-petrol engine in the form of a CVT. 


The Renault HBC is likely to be unveiled by the end of this year and sales are likely to start in early 2021. The Magnite’s launch, on the other hand, has been postponed to around the same time in 2021. Expect both the SUVs to have an aggressive starting price of around Rs 6 lakh (ex-showroom). Both SUVs will fight it out with the Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport, Mahindra XUV300 and the upcoming Kia Sonet, Toyota Urban Cruiser


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