During an event in Delhi today, Renault officially revealed the Triber for the first time. It was a global unveiling of the low-cost MPV which the French automaker has designed and developed, with major focus on the Indian market.
The Triber 7-seater is based on a modified version of Renault Nissan’s CMF-A modular platform. The CMF-A platform happens to be a cost effective platform which was jointly developed by Renault and Nissan.
Some of their cars sold in India, for example, the Kwid is also based upon the CMF-A platform. The company presents the third row as one with the best vertical roominess. For those who don’t need the 3rd row, the space opens up for 625 litres of trunk space in 5-seat config.
The 6th and 7th seat are independently moveable making it possible t open up the space and use the MPV either optimised for passenger seats or for space.
As far as looks are concerned, the Triber borrows styling elements from latest Renault models like the Kadjar and Captur. Even though it happens to be a 7-seater MPV, Renault has managed to restrict the length to 3.99m, allowing the car to attract lower taxes and eventually have an aggressive entry price at the showrooms.
To make the car look more appealing, Renault has added LED DRLs (Day Time Running Lamps) at the front. To add to the SUV-inspired looks, top-end trims get alloy wheels and roof rails as well. Some design elements of the car can remind you of other Renault cars, especially the Kwid, but that is not a let-down as such!
On the inside, the car offers seating for 7, however the third row can be folded and provides ample space to store luggage, in case there are only 5 or lesser number of occupants.
To keep the third-row passengers comfortable, Renault has also added dedicated AC vents on the last row. The MPV also comes with a large touchscreen infotainment unit which supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It also has some intelligent features like driver economy rating and a driving-style coach.
Powertrain duties will be taken care of by an 1 litre petrol 3 cyl motor, rated at 72 PS and 96 Nm. At launch, the Triber will be offered only with a 5-speed MT, however later Renault will bring in a 5-speed AMT as well. Kerb wt stands at 947 kgs, ground clearance 182 mm while fuel tank is 40 liters.
A turbo-petrol motor might also be added in the future, however there is no official confirmation as of yet. On the safety front, Triber gets ABS, rear-parking sensors (rear-parking camera for higher variants), dual-front airbags and a speed warning system.
The MPV is expected to be priced around the INR 5-8 lakh range and will majorly compete with the likes of Maruti Eeco and Datsun Go+. Renault would be hoping Triber to be its next big number generating product in India, especially after sales of Duster and Kwid have mellowed down from their respective peaks.