Renault has now been in the automotive industry for sometime now, but has never been a segment leader anytime, the only time they were close, was with the Duster which managed to sell a lot in the compact SUV segment. Although, Renault has managed to grip on to customers by getting in new technology and features into the market but somewhere they have lacked to master the research and development side of things. Renault has got a fascinating line-up of cars in other countries and have cars in the luxurious segment too, it is just not understandable why Renault does not bring in the globally acclaimed cars in India for a better market share.
However, Renault has now come up with another car in the sub 4-metre segment called the Triber, and Renault has acclaimed that the Triber will be the most spacious sub 4-metre car with 7 seats. Now that is something new and never before seen thing, as a car as short as 4 meter having 7 seats is close to impossible but Renault has managed to pull this off. The Renault Triber is based on the Kwid’s CMF-A platform and has a lot common with the Kwid making it resemble with the other Renault cars. The Triber is the new take on to the current hatchbacks and compact SUV segment. Here the Triber is in the advantage as it’s the only one with 7 seats and with same price.
The resemblance to the Kwid is quite significant, but has new headlights, a new grille, a sculptedbonnet, a squared-off rear section and an SUV/MPV stance, which is further accentuated by the roof rails. With the Triber, Renault aims to provide an all new design that makes it possible to offer lots of space in the smallest footprint possible. The top-spec variant will come with a sport 15-inch alloy wheels with 185/65 tyres. The 5 spoke alloys with the rugged wheel arches does not make it look like any hatchbacks but only bigger. At the rear, the triber looks all boxy and clumsy due to the squarish back glass and the rectangular boot opening. There is a lack of chrome used on the car which seems quite understated and dull.
On the inside,the Renault Triber's interior gets a dual-tone colour scheme, a 3.5-inch LCD screen in the instrument cluster and an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which is larger than the 7.0-inch unit on the Kwid, Lodgy, Duster and Captur. The infotainment system features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with few intelligent functions such as driving-style coaching and driver economy rating. The second row is adjustable horizontally and comes with a reclining and split folding function. There's a dedicated AC vent for the third row of seats, armrests and charging sockets. The third row can be removed altogether to gather up almost 625 litres of boot space.
The Renault Triber's safety equipment list includes dual front airbags, ABS, rear parking sensors, and a speed warning system as standard. Higher variants of the Triber will get a reverse camera and two more airbags.
Talking of the power the Renault Triber will be an upgraded version of the Kwid’s 1.0-litre (BR10), three-cylinder petrol engine making 72hp and 96Nm of torque. The transmission options for the Triber at launch will be a 5-speed manual gearbox and a 5-speed automated manual transmission (AMT). Renault will also add a turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol engine to the Triber line-up later. After looking at the engine, it seems to be quite weak and less-powered for a 7-seater and only time will tell if the Triber has been mated with a proper engine option.
The Triber is all set to launch in the Indian market in the next few months, and is expected to have a price tag starting from 5.3 lakh, which seems quite cheap for a 7 seater. The Triber will not have any direct competition but will sit in the hatchback and sub-compact SUV segment. It will be exciting to see how the Triber does in the Indian market and how customers react to a sub 4-metre 7 seater SUV priced as cheap as a hatchback.