Renault has unveiled the new compact SUV Cardian in the global market. The car will come with safety features including more than 13 advanced driving assistance systems.
The company will first sell the car in Brazil, after which it will be sold in other countries. Renault Cardian is the company's smallest SUV after Kiger. This car will compete with small SUVs like Fiat's Pulse. In India, it will compete with Nissan Magnite and Tata Punch.
Cardian has been built on the CMF-B platform of the company's SUV Sandero Stepway present in the global market. Its body panels, engine and design elements have also been taken from Sandero.
Talking about the exterior design of Cardian, the car has a double-layer grille, a long bumper and a faux brushed aluminum skid plate. Apart from this, LED projector headlamps are seen in the front.
The side profile of the car has a coupe-SUV like bodyshell, it has higher ground clearance than the Sandero and there is body cladding on the wheel arches and running boards to add to its strong SUV look.
At the rear, a tail lamp with C-shaped design is available like Kiger. Higher variants of the car feature stylish alloy wheels, roof rails, a shark-fin antenna and additional chrome bits.
The interior of the car looks like other Renault SUVs. It has an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment, a drive mode selector and a 4-spoke steering wheel. The interiors get a mix of piano black with faux brushed aluminum and wood inserts, depending on the variant.
For performance, the Cardian has a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine, which generates 125hp power and 220Nm torque with a six-speed DCT automatic gearbox. This engine is more powerful than the engine found in Kiger. Kiger's 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine generates 100hp power and 160Nm torque. This engine comes with CVT automatic gearbox.